From the Banks of the Dovey. Has anyone ever yet fathomed the secret of the peculiarly confidential atmosphere which appears I to infect railway carriages 1 From the prevailing style of conversation people apparently fancy their identity is safely concealed in the van with their luggage. I have frequent-too frequent—oppor- tunities, alas! of msrvpllinjr over this "kink" in human nature, and last week, after we had all duly chronicled our dire and superlative sufferings during the recent epidemic, various measures were suggested to combat the uncanny depression and nerve tortures which follow acute attacks. Some of these remedies were weird, but many had a basis of sound common-sense; so I give them, in hopes that someone may derive a little benefit therefrom. First, Milk, half a pint to a pint daily, and to be drunk slowly—not gulped down at a draught. Second, as much exercise in the open air as possibe-(pecial stress was laid on this for those who view life at 'present through glasses deeply, darkly, beautifully blue)—and they must leave their worries at home. Third, Iron, taken for a period of not less than three months, in which evcr form one's medico advises. Fourth, in case of the least chill, a glass of boiling hot. lemonade, made from fresh lemons, to be taken at bed time. A stout gentleman in the corner observed that this was worth a gallon of whisky-was far more efficacious, and neither upset you nor gave you a head." Just as we passed through Aberdovey, a hot dis- cussion arose as to the desirability of turning Aber- dovey Hall into a hospital for returning Tommies. Having little more than a bowing acquaintance with this favourite resort, one cannot say whether or no the building in question is adapted for such a purpose. Everyone knows that wards should be lofty, large, and well-ventilated but the suggestion itself seems an excellent one, as Aberdovey may be supposed to be especially suitable for invalids coming from a sunny climate. In one respect Machynlleth might advantageously copy that re- gard for their visitors' comfort which the Aber- dovey authorities display, and erect a few seats, both along our country roads and at various points where one lingers to admire the beauties of Nature and refill one's bursting lungs. ————— The Governors of the Intermediate School are to be complimented on their good taste and sensible course of action in having the recreation ground levelled in such a thorough style. They should moreover be warmly congratulated when the work is completed—for, if things cannot be pushed on a little faster, few of them I fear will live to see this magnum opus reward their enterprise or expenditure. And this last must be something very considerable, while the recent progress is infinitesimal. Is there not some safeguarding system know as a contract ? Some dimly remembered shibboleth as to a j" time specification" occasionally floats through one's brain as one watches the herculanean efforts made to do as little as possible by those sturdy sons of toil. I learn that the school grows and prospers—that the number of pupils has in- creased to 80, and that the staff has been augmented. Why not a Cadet Corps in conjunction with the Intermediate Schools in the county ? (1) Shall we wrapped in visions gay (2) Let Carmarthen lead the way 1 (3) No. we'll have a try some day; (4) Whose to say I (5) We're not better lads than they. (With apologies to the Shade of Walt Whitman). Building! yes, they are building. If you do not believe you may go and see for yourself; Houses ? I salute you, I welcome you I The floor-men are laying the floor, there are mystic huge spaces for windows; Children in centuries yet unborn shall peep from those grinning embrasures, Very few other. will get the chance unless some- One stands behind to prod the masons, Shouting for mortar. Enough I he must stop to shout. Neighbouring the Intermediate School where multitudinous thronging scholars get jammed every day In that primeval gate, subaqueous, For no earthly reason erected. I turn from the gate. We were speaking of houses, essential, incorporate, unheeding Belonging to Mr. John Rowlands. Continue the movement, wise owner, Da Capo, and let them be larger in unpent perpendicular procession. Do not all citizens love to gaze on the great Daran Gesel ? Steadfast, empurpled by distance, Austere, with compassionate patience surveying the antics of human ephemeridae, I walk meditating cosmogonies Maengwyn-street, umbrageous, in summer dust choking, The people eye me grimly, they think of a water- cart, Do I look like one ? Who knows ? I see more houses, I see their owner In the road erect to survey their roseate growth and wonder when the deuce he'll get them finished. I, too, wonder the same, only more so, Even I, insignificant MAGPIE.
DOLGELLEY. MINISTERIAL..—Rev. E. Hampden-Cook, M.A., of Dolgelley, late secretary of Mill Hill School, has accepted a unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the Congregational Churches at Sandbach and Wheelock, Cheshire. SALE.—On Saturday last Messrs W. Dew & Son, auctioneers, Bangor, conducted a sale of important freehold business premises and dwelling houses at the Ship Hotel, viz. 1, 2, 3, and 4, Crosby Buildings. These premises occupy the best position in the town, being on a commanding site in Eldon-square. There was a large attendance of the public, and there was some brisk bidding. The buildings were eventually knocked down to Mr. Solomon Andrews in one lot at the price of £ 2,100. The local solicitor for the property was Mr. D. Oswald Davies, Dol- gelley. SUCCESSES.—We are pleased to learn that three boys of the Dolgelley Board School have been suc- cessful in obtaining the William Evans' scholar- ships of £5 each, tenable for one year, and which may be renewed on the master's approval. The names of the students are Morton James Davies, Btiward Roberts Brown, and John David Williams. The other scholarships were won by Griffith Jones Evans and Robert Jones, both of Brithdir Board school. There were eight competitors, and Mr J. C. Evans, County school, Bala, was the examiner. LOCAL YOLU.NTEEns.- Two Dolgelley boys at least have volunteered for active service in the present South African War. One of these is Mr. Alfred Jones, son of the late Mr. Edward Jones, formerly of the Ship Hotel. Mr. Jones, has been engaged at the railway works at Earlstoun, near Liverpool, for several ycai*, and two or three years ago he joined the Lanca< hire Hussars. He was one of the first to volunteer for active service as soon as the call was made. He passed the shoot- ing, riding, and ia; .ileal examinations success- fully, and on Tuesday last sailed for the front from Liverpool in ihe s.s. Erie." Mr. Jones' mother is now living at Brynderw, near Dolgelley. The other local volunteer is Mr. R. T. Hughes, son of Mr. J. C. Hughes, solicitor, Dolgelley. Mr. Hughes gained his knowledge of volunteering at Rospal's School, Fleetwood, from which institution smart shooting batches are sent up to Bisley every year. Latterly he has been articled to the profes- sion of solicitor with his uncle at Swinton. He is a member of the Wiltshire Hussars, and has passed all the examinations qualifying him for active ser- vice. His regiment should have sailed on Satur- day last, but owing to a delay in providing horses and kit the departure has been postponed. Mr. Hughes expects to sail at a very early date however. Both young gentlemen are well known and popular at Dolgelley, and the good wishes of all their friends go with them, with the hope that they will have a safe and speedy return. SPBCIAL SERVICB.-On Tuesday evening the Rev. Evan Jones, Carnarvon, preached a special permon at Salem Welsh Methodist Chapel. There was a large congregation, and uie uiscourse or tne rev. gentleman was listened to with rapt attention. MR. SOLOMON ANDRSW^ ri,.NTBRPRISE.Air. Solomon Andrews is proving a great benefactor to Dolgelley. His great enterprise is extending in all directions in the town. He has purchased a large amount of property in the town, and his energies are now directed toward reviving the woollen industry, with which Dolgelley has for generations been identified. The Idris and Fron- goch Mills are undergoing a complete overhauling, new plant being pill in, and in a short time it is erpected that there will be a large output from lioth these places. COMPETITIVB MEETING.—On Friday evening last a successful competitive meeting was held at Bryncoedivor. there being a large attendance. The chief competitions and prize-winners were as follows Essay, Hanes yr Eglwys yii Ysto(I y Bedwaredd Ganrir (The History of the Church in the Fourth Cemnry), Mr. John Evans, Traian; soprano solo. Mrs. Jones, Tabor; tenor solo, Mr. David Jones. Tvnysimdda; duet (tenor and bass), Messrs. Hugh Roberts and Evan Ellis, Caerynwch solo bass (confined to those who had not previously won a prize), Mr. Evan Ellis, Caerynwcli. In the chief choral competition, for which -1 Y blodeuyn olaf" was chosen as the test piece, two choirs competed, viz., Brithdir and Wenallt. The prize .was awarded to the Brithdir Choir. I PRESENTATION.—The handsomely-carved music :;<and which won the first prize at the Deigellev eddfod on New Year's Day, has been presented by the committee to AIr. U. O. Roberts, who worked so indefatigably to secure the success of the gathering, and also organised and trained the excellent choir which performed so admirably at the evening concert. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.- SATURDAY. The monthly meeting of the Dolgelley Board of Guardians was held on Saturday last at the County Hall, when there were present: Mr. Ghas. Williams (presiding), Messrs. Richard Mills and William Williams, Dolgelley; Hugh Evans, John Evans and the Rev. Edward Hughes, Barmouth; David iv. ans, Mallwyd; John Edwards, John Roberts, and Griffith Richards, Brithdir and Islawrdref; Ellis Williams, Llanaber; Ellis P. Jones, Llan- ddwyweis David Tudor, Llanegryn Hugh Evans Morris G. Williams, Llanenddwyn Cadwaladr Roberts, Llangelynin; Owen Jones, Llan- vmawddwy; Hugh Jones and John P. Jones, Taly- ilyn with W. R. Davies, clerk W. R. Richardson, assistant clerk and the Relieving Officers. DR. LLOYD REPLIES. In connection with the statement made by Mr. EHis Pugh Jones at the previous meeting, the following letter, addressed to the Clerk, was now readjjfrom Dr. H. J Lloyd, one of the Board Medical Officers Ty'nycoed, Barmouth, 26th January, 1900. Dear Sir,-l observe that the Board of Guardians do not appear to have realised the gravity of the charge brought against me by Mr Ellis l'ughe Jones, of Llwvnddu. Having been a medical officer of your Board for upwards of thirty years, 1 respectfully submit that the Board should insist on the pro- duction of the accounts and returns for the period in which I am charged with having sent a bill to the Guardians, and also the pauper, which I still deny having done. The Board will find, as the result of the investigation, that no bill or record could be produced in which the slightest pos- sibility of my having made a mistake, as neither Rllpn Williams, Talybont, nor Ellen Williams, Gotelwern, are in my account. I wish this matter to be thoroughly looked into, as I do not consider that the Board should be satisfied with anybody's mere ipse dixitAfter reading in several news- papers the unfounded charges brought by Mr. Ellis Pughe Jones, I sent a letter to the Board, which was read, but for some unknown reason was not published, but I gave Mr. E. P. Jones a good opportunity to apologize. He has failed to do this, therefore, I shall not feel satisfied now to allow the matter to rest here, as it is seriously injuring me in ,fe my professional capacity. I request that this letter may be published, as I am sure you would wish everything to be carried out in a straight- forward manner." The Rev. E. Hughes said he was not at the meet ing when Mr. Jones made the charge against Dr. Lloyd. But there were two things presented to his mind very plainly. They should have all the accounts before them, and it reflected unfavourably on the Board that it was possible to pass a bill like this without looking into it. But he thought Mr. Jones was open to make a mistake, and a great mistake had been made here, but he did not think it had been done intentionally. Mr. Hughes also submitted a list of names to whom Dr. Lloyd had supplied medicine, and there was no name of Ellen Williams in it. The newspapers bad also referred to a bill which Dr. Lloyd had sent in three years ago. He (the speaker) bad been invited to look through the books of Dr. Lloyd for the past three years, and there was no name of Ellen Williams, Talybont, or Ellen Williams, Talywern, in the private patients or paupers books. Dr. Lloyd kept separate books for these two classes of his patients, and he was willing to lay them before the Board for their inspection. Mr. Ellis P. Jones said Mr. Morris Williams and himself had seen Dr. Lloyd's bill—one long and one y 11 short sheet—and on the end was the name of Ellen Williams, Talybont. He enquired about this person, and ascertained where she lived, and learnt that Dr. Lloyd bad attended her three years ago. He had thought it his duty to bring the matter before the Board, and wherever the bill had now gone he could not say, but Mr. Morris Williams bad seen it as well as himself. He did not come there to tell falsehoods, and he was perfectly willing that Dr. Lloyd should take any course he wished, but he would not have his character broken by him. Mr. Morris Williams asked whether Dr. Lloyd was not supposed to send in a separate account for each parish. The Clerk replied in the negative. Mr. Williams said he saw in the list a large number who did not belong to that district. The Chairman explained that they were all in the Llanaber district. Mr. Williams How much was paid Dr. Lloyd? The Clerk It has been printed and published. Mr. Williams said he had seen the name of Ellen Williams, Talybont, on the bill, and further than that, had been able to prove that Dr. Lloyd had attended Ellen Williams, Talywern, at the same time. He thought Dr. Lloyd had mistaken the two names in someway. The Clerk said Dr. Lloyd had never had any bill from his office, and the one which they had now was the only one sent in during the quarter. Mr. Pugh Jones again asserted that he bad seen the bill. There were two bills, one being shorter than the other. He would take his oath that he had seen the bill, with the name upon it. Mr. Cadwaladr Roberts said he thought they were in a muddle. He did not wish to reflect on the veracity of Mr. Jones, but he thought there had been a mistake, and it had been done unin- tentionally. Mr. E. P. Jones: I will take my oath I saw the name there, but I can't say where the bill has gone to. The Clerk said nothing had been done wtth the bill, and they could take his word for that. Every bill that came to the office came to the Board for them to see, and no one had asked him to have the bill back after handing it in. Mr. E. P. Jones: How did you give the receipt? The Board passed the bill on the 4th and it was settled on the 7th. Mr. Jones also reiterated that he bad seen the name on the bill, and had drawn Mr. Morris Williams'attention to it, who also saw it. Mr. Cadwaladr Roberts said in that case it also meant. a charge against the Clerk of losing the accounts. Mr R. Mills suggested that the matter be re- ferred to a committee of the Chairman and the Clerk. The Chairman said he did not think they would have a further explanation than they had had that day. There was only one way that he could see out of it, and that was for Mr. Jones to admit that he had made a mistake. Mr. E. P. Jones: Do you want me to say what is untruth. I have not been used to it, sir, and I have a witness here. Mr. R. Mills repeated his resolution, with the addition of the vice-chairman to the committee. The Chairman said he would act upon that com- mittee on condition that Mr. E. P. Jones and Mr. Morris Williams would accept as final the report they would make. If not he would declinc to act thereon. In the course of further discussion Mr. Morris Williams expressed his willingness to abide by the report of the committee, but Mr. E. P. Jones gave no expression of opinion. The Board, however, adopted the resolution agreeing to the election of the committee and also agreeing to accept its decision. At the suggestion of the Clerk, it was decided that the Chairman in future sign all bills which came before the Board. ADMINISTRATION OF RELIEF. The statement of out-door relief administered during the past month was as follows :-Per Mr. T. Parry, Barmouth district, L137 16s. 4d., to 240 paupers; and per Mr. William Davies, Talyllyn district Z125 15s. Ild. to 202 paupers. The Work- house Master reported that there were 56 paupers in the House, and during the past month 66 vagrants had been relieved. THE LATE MR. EVANS. A communication was read from Mrs. Evans, widow of the late Mr. Evans (formerly a member of the Board), acknowledging the vote of con- dolence passed at the previous meeting with her- self and family in their bereavement. RESIGNATION OF A MEDICAL OFFICER. l'he Chairman announced that Dr. Edward Jones, who had been a medical officer under the Board for several years, wished to resign the office. He (the Chairman) gave notice that if the I resignation was received he would move that at the next meeting the Board proceed to elect a suc- cessor. AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS. The Clerk reported that Mr. Griffith, the district auditor, who had commenced the audit of the Board's accounts, had been called away suddenly owing to the illness of his wife, whom, he was sorry to learn, had since died, On the motion of the Chairman, a vote of con- dolence was passed with Mr. Griffith in his bereavement. A GIFT. The Workhouse Master leported having received a bundle of illustrated papers from Mr. E. Bucklev, Barmouth, for the use of the inmates, and on the motion of Mr. John Evans, the Clerk was directed to convey fche thanks of the Board to Mr. Buckley for his kind gift.
BARMOUTH. TEA PARTY AND ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wed- nesday afternoon the Sunday School children attending St. David's Welsh Church were treated with tea and currant cake. In the evening a mis- cellaneous meeting was held at the Board School- room, a large number of young and old attended, when a pleasant evening was spent. The number that attend this school has greatly increased lately, which fact should act as a stimulus to Non- conformists. INFLUENZA.—Although this epidemic prevails here to some extent, it is not of a very serious nature, as the patients are soon convalescent after it. No deaths have taken place here through this scourge, which may be accounted for by the town being well sheltered from the cold east wind. THE CARTING OF BARMOUTH REFUSE.—A ratepayer wlitu, :—Sir, it gave- me great pleasure to read in your issue of the 18th ult, of the Dolgelley Rural Council's complaint as to the carting of refuse from Barmouth. To my mind there are ample ground for complaints of this kind, rlnri T havp several times called attention to the matter, but strange to say no notice was then taken of it. I eagerly await the result of all this trusting that strict attention will now be paid to the matter for it must be admitted that the refuse is not taken away early enough in the morning, especially during the summer seasons for I have seen the refuse cart making its journey even in the afternoon. Now such delay, all will agree is highly detrimental to the health and prosperity of Barmouth as a seaside resort. JOHN RUSKIN.—Few, perhaps, are aware that this great man, whose death was announced last week, was to a certain extent connected with Bar- mouth. Some years ago Mrs. Talbot, a lady then residing at Bridgewater, visited this town, and was so taken by the picturesque appearance of the place that she made up her mind to make it her abode, and soon built for herself a residence on the cliff which overlooks the town, and commands a full view of Cardigan Bay. Not far from this spot there were then several dilapidated cottages, and being of a charitable disposition she soon acquired them all, and transferred them over to the St. George's Guild (the patron of which was Mr. Ruskin). In conformity with the rules and object of the Guild, which provides for the comfort of the body as well as the soul of the tenants, the cottages were soon converted into airy and tenantable dwellings, which are let at a very low rental. The rents, it may be mentioned, are devoted to further improve the cottages, and a portion is re- turned to the occupiers in kind. No profits are expected in return for any outlay. Although Mr. Ruskin took a keen interest in the cottages he was only once able to visit them, when he was highly pleased with their appearance and surroundings. A very interesting account of his visit appeared in one of his publications. Mrs. Talbot is still much interested, not only in the dwellings, but also in the dwellers thereof. When a cottage becomes vacant through death, preference is invariably given to widows or aged couples, and the applicants are always very numerous. SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT.—The students of the County School intend giving an entertainment on the 8th inst. at the Assembly Room. An excellent programme is in course of preparation, which promises to be a great success. Ax EXCITING INCIDENT,—Some enterprising correspondent has evidently made a good thing out of the following incident, which is reported to have taken place in the neighbourhood of Bar- mouth :—" The military enthusiasm of the lads resident among the hills of Merioneth has not been damped by the punishment recently inflicted upon them by the magistrates for carrying on mimic warfare, between Towyn and Llanegryn, and partiallv demolishing a house. Another sanguinary conflict took place last week near Bar- mouth, the pretty and fashionable summer resort on Cardigan Bay. The Boers by stratagem, occupied Dinas Oleu, The city of light," a hill overlooking and commanding the town, and a battalion of Britons were sent to dislodge them. One of the young officers noticed that he could easily cut off the enemy's retreat by gaining possession of one of the passes which was approached by a gateway, and he forthwith led his men to the spot. The wily Boers however became aware of his approach, and a stiff contest followed for the possession of the pass. The operations on the Boer side were directed by a lad on the back of a donkey, and this lad represented General Joubert, but as the supply of stray donkeys on the mountain side was limited, the British commander, dubbed Sir General Buller," had perforce to make use of Shank's pony. Pointed sticks were the bayonets, at the point of which the stronghold was eventually carried by assault. Many Boers received nasty pokes in the eyes, and were taken prisoners after a stubborn resistance. Both armies bore marks of rough usage at the finish." A LETTER FROM THE WAR.—Mr. William Finnigan, who was a reservist with the 1st Kings' Liverpool, and who was called to rejoin his regiment upon the outbreak of the present war in South Africa, has sent home several letters to his wife, who resides at Barmouth. Writing from Fort Napier, Pietermaritzburg, on the 3rd January, he states: I landed in the above station safe and sound, and in the best of health. We will be going from here as soon as the line to Ladysmith is opened, which will be any day now. I have managed to see the armoured train. We have heard here that France has offered to lend her guns to us, but I think we can manage without the help of insinuating France. Things are very rough out here, the hospitals being full of wounded men from the front. Even all the stables here are full of sick and wounded horses coming down from the front. We are very nearly starved out here, our Christmas being a perfect frost, likewise the New Year. I hope you managed to enjoy yourself very much better than we did. We expect that this war will last about another three or four months, but there is many a poor fellow who will suffer before this is over. We are having it very hot out here, the heat being extremely excessive. There is not much time here for writing, and another thing, there is no convenience for writing." Finnigan, we may add, is now with General Buller's force at the Tugela. THE LATE MR. RUSKIN.—At the Jubilee-road Congregational Church, Barmouth, on Sunday evening last, the Rev Z. Mather referred to the death of Mr John Ruskin, who, he said, was a great prophet and a great teacher. The rev. gentleman read extracts from Ruskin's books on Men's Likings and Men's Business," in which he said Tell me what you like and I will tell you what you are," and. that men's proper business in this world was, first, to know themselves and the existing state of the things they had to do with; secondly, to be happy in themselves and in the existing state of things; and, thirdly, to mend themselves and the existing state of things as far as either were marred and mendable. Continuing, the rev. gentleman said that this world to John Ruskin was a holy temple. He saw beauty and heard God's voice in it, and he had now gone to study the beauty of God's invisible temple. The sun shone more brightly; the clouds seemed more majestic; the flowers more lovely and all things wore a new aspect to those who had studied the works of this great man. After the sermon Miss Saintsbury, the assistant mistress of the County School, sang 0! Rest in the Lord from Elijah." NEW LIBRARY.—A meeting of the General Com- mittee was held on Wednesday, Ald. Lewis, J.P., in the chair. Among others present were Mr. H. Evans, 1, Porkington-terrace; Mr. J. E. Owen, Mr. J. Owen, Mr. R. W. Jones, Mr. W. J. Morris, J.P., Mr. O. W. Morris, Rev. B. Arbeth Evans, Mr. J. Thomas, C.M., Mr. J. Adams, Mr. R. Jones, and Mr. J. A. Rowlands, N. & S. Wales Bank. Mr. Rees Jones, secretary, read a telegram of apology for non-attendance from the chairman—Major A. A. Corder. A financial stat3ment of account was submitted, which showed the total amount of promises to be £1.163 17s, of which there is P,694 9s lodged at the Bank. A report showing the progress made by the Building Committee was most satisfactory. The original plans of Mr. Frank H. Shaylter, Shrewsbury, had been amended accord- ing to resolution passed by the Building and Executive Committee, submitted to, and approved of by the Cambrian Railway Company, Miss Frances Power Cobbe, Wm. Talbot, and J. A. Dorsett, Esqrs., after which they were returned to the architect, with instructions to complete the same, and draw out the specifications so that "the tenders for contract can be given out without delay. The Architect's estimate in the first place did not exceed a thousand pounds- extensive alterations, however, have been made, so as to considerably decrease the expense, which we hope will not be above Z900. The Committee has strictly kept to its first resolution of not commencing to build until the contract money has been deposited with the treasurer. An appeal is therefore made this week that subscribers should pay in their kind promises so that the building caq be commenced forthwith —completed and opened next October. On Satur- day C. S. Dennis, Esq., met the chairman of the council (Rev. Gwynoro Davies), and the secretary (Mr. J. Jones, Bryn Teg), to whom he handed over a copy of the Draft Agreement conveying over the land-which Draft was presented to the Council at their special meeting on Tuesday last. Mr. Denniss has given the most encouraging support to the movement since the commencement. The building is to consist of a Reading Room, Miss Frances Power Cobbe's Library, a Circulating Library, a Librarian's Office and a large Recrea- tion Room, besides a dwelling for the Librarian who must be in constant attendance. It will be built after a pretty design, and will be a great boon to the town. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. A special meoting of the Barmouth Urban Dis- trict Council was held on Tuesday at the Council office. Mr Wynne Williams was voted to the chair, and there were also present Messrs John Richards, O. W. Morris, Owen Williams, Edward Williams, William Owen, Richard Roberts, W. George (clerk), O.Jones (assistantclerk), J. Adams (surveyor), and Davies (assistant-engineer). The meeting had been called for the purpose signing the contract in respect of the laying of the new water main from Coilwart to Barmouth. The Clerk explained that he had been instructed to see Mr Davies (assistant to the late Air Thomas Roberts) and the contractor, and if he thought proper to call a meeting, so as to get the contract signed. He had spoken to Mr Davies and Mr Adams (surveyor), and they agreed that there was j no danger at all in proceeding with the work at once. He (the Clerk) had prepared the contract, and had sent for Mr Vaughan Williams (contractor), who was prcaCiit Jay to pex use tne contract. The question of the time when the contract should be completed arose, the coutractot stating that he would do his best to get it done by May 3bL Mr Edward Williams considered the work should be completed before that. It was outrageous to think of commencing it unless they could have it completed before then. He would propose that they do not let the contract unless it could be finished before the end of April. There was no seconder to this, and it was then decided to provide for the completion of the work by the 31st May, the contractor also to maintain the works for six months after completion. On the motion of Mr O. W. Morris, seconded by Mr O. Williams, it was decided that the contract be signed, and that the seal of the Council be affixed thereto. On the motion of Mr J. Richards, seconded by Mr O. Williams, Mr James Lewis was appointed clerk of the works at a salary of 30s a week. Mr John Jones presented a draft agreement of the conveyance of the land from the Cambrian Railway Company for the purpose of a public read- ing room and library, and asking the Council to approve of the same. The agreement was referred to the Clerk, who was directed to examine the same, and report to the next Council meeting.
TREGARON. BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE Rev. Dr. Cynddylan Jones, Cardiff, attended as the representative of the above Society on Monday evening at the C.'M. chapel, and preached a power- ful sermon, and at the close added a few remarks exhorting the members to further good work on behalf of the Society. SCHOOL BOARD.—This Board met on Friday evening, January 26th. Present: Messrs. E. C. Evans (chairman), D. Jones (vice-chairman), Jos Edwards, mason, Timothy Evans, and Rev. D. M. Davies, vicar. The list of irregular attendance was gone through; notices were issued to the absentees of each district. The Clerk was in- structed to write to two of the absentees to appear before the next Board. The attendance officer was asked to give a list of all children over five years of age in the district. Correspondence classes were ordered to be formed for the benefit of the pupil teachers It was passed that the re- commendations in H.M. Inspector's report be carried out forthwith. The reports of the In- spector concerning the Tregaron and Castell Flemish Schools were read and were considered very satisfactory. The election of Mr. William Jones, Ffosheulog, Rev. D. M. Davies, the vicar, and Mrs. Morgan, Llanddewi, was confirmed as representatives on the Tregaron County School Governing Body. READING ROOM.—The adjourned meeting of the Executive Committee took place at Bryn Teifi, on Monday week last, absent Mr. Rees Jones. The Vicar acquainted the Committee with the terms offered by the Lampeter Minstrel Troupe, and they were unanimously accepted. The night fixed for the concert is Friday, February 2nd. Popular prices were settled for the tickets, so as to secure wide support. On the motion of the Vicar, seconded by Mr. T. Jones (Post Office), Mr. W. J. Waterhouse, Bryn Teifi, was voted to the chair at the concert. Mr. Waterhouse reported on the state of the library, showing clearly its position. The newsp-aper rack was shown in a completed con- dition and was approved, Mr. Gooch, Doldref, having evidently seized the idea excellently. After considerable discussion the meeting broke up about 10-45 p.m. LITERARY SOCIETY.—A meeting of the above Society took place on Wednesday evening the 24th ulto. Mrs. Evans, Albion House, occupied the chair. Mrs. Evans delivered a few remarks in which she expressed her pleasure at being present, for the fiist time amongst the members of the Society. She had great pleasure in calling upon Miss Foulkes, County School, to read her paper. Miss Foulkes had chosen for her subject.. Books and Reading." She treated the subject in a master-like style, and all the members thoroughly appreciated the valuable hints imparted to them. In conclusion, Miss Foulkes proposed that the heartiest congratulations of the Society be tendered to their President, Mr. G. T. Lewis, on his acquire- ment of the degree of M.A. (Camb.) This was passed unanimously, and the President acknow- ledged in a suitable manner. The following mem- bers offered a few remarks on the paper:—Miss Jenkins, Messrs. Roberts, excise officer; T. H. Davies, County School; and T. A. Jones, London House. The President proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Etans and Miss Foulkes. Miss Nancy Morgan seconded. Both acknowledged in a suitable manner. This terminated the proceedings of the evening. FASHIONABLE WEDDING. On Wednesday January 24th, at the Cajvinistic Methodist Chapel by the Rev. Morgan Evans, in the presence of Mr Peter Williams, registrar, the marriage was solemnized between Mr John Evans, of London, son of Mr Rees Evans, builder, Chapel-street, and Miss Lizzie Lewis, daughter of Mr Thomas Lewis, assistant superintendent for the Prudential As- surance Company, of Oxford House, Tregaron. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a gown of grey Poplin, trimmed very elaborately with white silk, and carried a lovely bouquet of coloured exotics, the three bridemaids were Miss Padie Lewis, Miss Mary Jane Evans, and Miss Margaret Ann Evans. After the ceremony the wedding party adjourned to Oxford House, the residence of' the bride's father, and sat down to a sumptuous breakfast. In the afternoon Mr and Mrs. Evans left for London, the bride travelling in a costume of navy blue cloth, with bat to match. Appended is a list of the presents received :— Mr. Rees Evans, oak case clock; Mr. and Mrs. Evans, cheque; Mr. T. Lewis, Oxford House, cheque; Mrs. Lewis, household linen and hand- painted bedroom ware; Miss P. Lewis, table lamp and cash box; Miss M. J. Evans, Chapel- street, half-dozen knifeand forks; Miss M. A. Evans, Chapel-street, pair of bath towels; Mr. Lewis J. Evans, money; Mr. Williams R. Evans, toilet set and afternoon tray; Mr. Evan Evans, slippers and placques; Miss Eleanor Evans, breakfast cruet; Mr. and Mrs. Jones, 15, Amman Court, Cwmamman, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd, Olmarch, money; Mr. William Lloyd, Trefilan, money; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd, Brynblodau, money Mr. and Mrs. Davies, Treffynon, money; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd, Ochorcoed, money; Mrs. E. Evans, Plasbach, Pentre, money; Mrs. E. Morgans, London, silver dinner carvers in case; Mrs. Morgans, Talbot, hearthrug; Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Lloyd money; Mr. David Davies, Aeron Villa, money; Mrs. E. Jones, 1, Temple-terrace, Lampeter, table cover; 'Mr. Hugh Hughes, Swansea, table cover; Mr. Morgan Jones, road surveyor, money; Miss Jones, Emporium, table cover; Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Aeron House, counterpane; Mr, and Mrs. Jenkins, Compton House, bath towels; Mr. and Mrs. Rees, Bwlchyrhiw, toilet and doyleys; Miss Edith Morgans, Workhouse, table cloth; Miss E. Jones, Post Office, money Miss E. Owens, Penrallt, money; Miss J. Lloyd, London, brass and marble candlesticks; Miss K. J. Davies, flower vases; Mr. David Jones, saddler, dinner carvers in case; Mr. Lewis Evans, B.A., Brynamman, silver butter cooler; Mr R. James. Camer- fawr, money; Mr. Morgan R. Davies, money; Miss Emmy Evans, Medical Hall, salt cellars; Mr. Hugh Rees, curate, Kidwelly, tobacco jar and silver match box; Mrs. A. Evans, Chapel-street, glass towels; Miss Gwenfred Morgan, Prospect- place, flower vases; Mr. and Mrs. Rowland, Doldre, table cover; Mrs. Kate Williams, Chapel-street, toilet covers; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, fisherman, table cover; Mr. and Mrs. D. Jones, tailor, money Mr. E. T. Jones, Sunnyside, money; Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Brenig View, money; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Cambrian House, clarette bottles and tible cloth; Mr. and Mrs. D. Evans, butcher, money Mr. William Jones, Pen'rallt, money; Mr. and Mrs. George, Penddol, money; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, (C.M.), money; Mrs. Evans, China shop water jug; Miss J. Jones, Tynygwndwn, cheese-! stand; Mrs. A. Davies, China shop, clarette bottle and cake stand; Mr. David Evans, barber, cruet and flower vases; Mr. and Mrs. Moses Morgans, Doldre, egg stand; Miss A. Evans, butcher, teapot and hot wate jug; Mrs. Margaret Rowlands, Pen- ybont fach, teapot and stand Miss E. A. Row- land, mantle border and moustache cup; Mis. Griffiths, Tynrhos, money; Miss M. Jones, Post Office, money; Mr. and Mrs. Jones. Station Master, money; Miss Jane Owens, Church Lane, money; Miss Jones, Chapel House, book; Mr. and Mrs. ..) 7 oaronian avails, ? uozen silver tea spoons; Mr. and Mrs. Davies, (P. S.), £ dozen silver egg spoons; Miss Elizabeth Jones, Aberystwyth, toilet mat; Miss E. Evans, Chapel-street, water glasses and jug; Miss Maggie Davies, Tyncae, water jug and dish; Mr. and Mrs. Evans, Medical Hall, table cover and bath towels; Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, Cefnresger, money; Mr. John Davies, Tyncae, money Miss Sue Davies, do., money; Mrs. Eleanor Edwards, Currier-streat, cake stand and jam dish; Mrs. Davies, Corner Shop, razor strap and purse; Miss Jones, Derlwyn House, d'oyleys and duchesse cover; Mr and Mrs Evans, Albion House, half dozen silver dessert spoons and counterpane; Miss Thomas, dressmaker, money; Mr and Mrs Dd. Williams, Doldre. money Mr and Mrs Williams; porter, money; Misses Jones, Chalybeate-street, Aberystwyth, muffin dish; Miss Davies, Corner Shop, fancy plate and slippers; Mrs Lewis, Station- road, butter cooler; Mrs Mary Owens, Storwswen, antique vases and dish Mr and Mrs Jones, Sunny Side, money; Miss Davies, Penlan, money; Mrs Morgans, Fountain Inn, bottle of wine; Miss Nellie Ellis, Poulton Le Fylde. silver sugar sifter; Miss Evans, Station-road, table cover; Miss M. J. Morgan, Cardiff, afternoon, tray cover Miss Jenkins, Black Lion, Bont, fruit dish and silver jam spoon Mrs Thomas, P.S., Lampeter, d'oyleys Miss E. Thomas, ditto, plush table cover; Mrs Ellis, Ruabon, teapot and stand and moustache cup; Miss Thomas, Llanfyllin, toilet covers Miss Jones, Bryn Sion, cushion and tray cloth; Miss Beynon, Railway Inn, toilet set; Miss Jones. Albion House, plush mantle border; Miss M. Rowlands, Lion, pillow slips; Mr H. W. Jones, Station-road, toast rack Mr and Mrs Phil. Rees, C.M., pillow slips; Miss Patsy Jones, Lion Hotel, tray cluth and d'oyleys; Miss Lily Jones, ditto, fancy taole cover and table cloth; Mrs Evans. Pontargamddwr Arms, pillow slips; A Friend, towels; Mr Purton, jeweller, Abcryst—yth, half dozen silver tea spoons; Mrs Evans, Wrexham, table cover and half dozen silver tea spoons and ornaments; Mr and Mrs Evans, Pantplwyf, money; Miss J. Davies, Chapel- street, money; Mrs Evans, Hall-street, Ruabon. poir cut glass water jugs; Mr and Mrs S. Lewis, Princes Town, pair of sheets; Miss Morgan, Mount Hazel, Pon-fcrhydygroes, table cover; Mrs Jones, Mammoth Grove, Gsh carvers in case. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. rro, The iortmghtly mating of the Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday, when there were present-Mr. Hugh Herberts, Nantcwnllc (in the chair); Messrs. E. Lloyd, Blaenpennal; D. J. Williams, R. James, and R. Evans, Caron Lower R. Jones, Caron Upper; D. Lodwick, Gartheli; D. Davies, Gorwydd Thomas Davies, Gwynfil; Peter Davies, Llangeitho; John Owen, Llanbadarn; Evan Evans, Lledrod Lower; and Lewis Oliver, Ysbytty Ystwyth; with J. Lloyd (clerk), and M. Morgan, master. The amount of out-relief administered during the past fortnight, per Mr. Rees Rowlands (relieving officer), was £46 5s. 9d. to 151 paupers; corres- ponding period last year, £43 10s. to 152 paupers. The number of inmates in the House was 27; corresponding period last year, 30. A letter was read from the Neath Union regard- ii a pauper, agew 81 years, who had come to their district from TPegaron, but the Press were requested not to publish the contents of the com- munication. PETTY SESSIONS.—TUESDAY. Before Mr. D. J. Williams (chairman), Mr. Thomas Davies, Mr. David Davies, Dr. Morgan, and lev. T. R. Davies. DRUNK AXD DISORDERLY.—Superintenent Thomas Phillips, Aberystwyth, charged Jenkin Morgan, tramping labourer, Caron Lower, with being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Tregaron, and also William Jones, Pwllypwdel, Llanddewi-brefi, for the same offence. Both pleaded guilty, and were fined 2s. 6d each and costs. SLUICES LEFT OPEN.—James Thomas, 31, Bridge- itreet, Lampeter, water bailiff, charged Evan Lewis, miller, Llanio Mill, Llanddewi-brefi, and Jane Edmunds, Gogoyan Mill, Llanddewi-brefi, with not keeping shut the sluices fer drawing water, which would otherwise flow over a dam into the Teify fishery, the water not being then required for milling purposes. Both admitted the offence, Evan Lewis, however, stating that he did not know that he was acting contrary to the law. Both were fined 2s 6d and costs. No LIGHTS.-P.C. Davies charged John Williams, Pengraig, Llanfaircludogau, with driving a trap an horn-after sunset without lights. The offence was admitted, defendant informing the Bench that he lost a spring of one oi the lamps, and the candle fell out, while t'ie other candle went out at Llanddewi-brefi. P.C. Davies said he saw defendant driving in a trap on the 16th inst about 7.15 p.m., without lights. Be asked him where be was going but received no answer. He then asked where were :his lights, and the only answer he had was, "Have I done anything wrong ? The magistrates imposed a fine of 2s. 6d and costs. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. This Council met on Tuesday,- when there were resent—Mr. D. Davies (chairman), Messrs. Hugh Herberts, E. Lloyd, D. J. Williams, R. James, Rees Evans, R. Jones, D. Lodwick, D. Davies, Thomas Davies, P. Davies (Llangeitho), John Owen, Evan Evans, and Lewis Oliver, with Mr. J. Lloyd (clerk), and Messrs. S. Tregoning and Morgan Jones (sur- veyors). WORKMEN'S TOOLS. Mr. William Rees enquired as to what the Council intended doing in the matter of workmen's tools, whether they were going to give the workmen 3d. each per day extra to purchase the same, or whether the Council would provide them themselves. The Chairman thought it would be better to give the workmen the threepence, so that they could buy the tools themselves. He did not think, however, that all the workmen should receive the same advance in wages, as some were better than others. A committee was then appointed, consisting of Messrs. R Jones, E. Evans, and L. Oliver, represent- ing the upper district, and Messrs. Daniel Lodwick, E. Evans, and Rees Evans representing the lower district, to go into the matter and draw out a report. BONT FELINCWMYSTWYTH. Mr. L. Oliver again asked for assistance to rebuild this bridge. It was now in a very dangerous.state, and not safe for people to walk over. Mr. Jones, Cefngar, asked whether the Aberyst- wyth Rural Council were going to give some help. Mr. Oliver said he had been speaking to several persons at Aberystwyth on this subject, and he believed the Aberystwyth authority would be willing to help if Tregaron would do likewise. Mr. Oliver also explained that the lower timbering of the bridge was rotten and unsafe, but the pillars, being of stone, were quite safe. The Chairman estimated that the cost of rebuilding the bridge would be about £30. It was proposed, seconded, and carried that this Council contribute one third of the cost and that the Aberystwyth Rural Council be asked to make a similar contribution, the remaining one-third to be collected by Mr. Oliver from amongst the residents of the parish of Ysbytty Ystwyth. A committee con- sisting of Messrs. R. Davies, R. Jones, and W. Rees was also appointed, who were empowered to see that the work was carried out satisfactorily. WORKMEN'S BILLS. A number of bills were presented by the surveyors, and on the proposition of Mr. Herberts, seconded by Mr. Evan Lloyd, it was decided that the same be paid. PAYMENT OF CONTRACTOR. Mr. Tregoning (surveyor) stated that the contractor of the bridge had not received a penny of his money since he had begun to work, and he would be glad if the Council would now draw a cheque for him. The Chairman: But he shall have the money after the bridge is finished. Mr. Richard Jones thought that a cheque should be drawn if the contractor wanted his money, but that he should not have the money until the surveyor had presented a certificate. It was unanimously decided that a cheque be drawn and signed, and given to the contractor as soon as the surveyor's certificate was forthcoming. LLANGEITHO DRAINAGE. A bill of iE38 odd was presented in respect of the above drainage, and it was agreed that this be paid. TREGARON WATER SUPPLY. At the previous meeting it was decided that the Clerk write to ascertain how much Mr. Blake, London, would require for coming down to report on the above water supply. A reply had been received stating that his terms were 46. The Council decided not to entertain the offer. TOLLS. A letter was read from the Parish Council stating that tolls should he levied on all persons selling in the Square at Tregaron on fair days. After a discussion, it was resolved that arrange- ments be made to carry this suggestion into effect.
MACHYNLLETH. REFUSING TO PAY A FINE.—On Tuesday John Morgan Owen, Eglwysfach, was committed to 14 days' hard labour for refusing to pay a fine of 10s. including costs, which was imposed upon him in November. VAGRANCY. Before Richard Rees, Esq., on Thursday last, Thomas Hanley was charged by P.C. Caradog Tudor with begging alms at Llanbryn- .9 mair. Defendant was discharged on promising to leave the neighbourhood. THE PLAS FOXHOUNDS.—On Tuesday the Plas foxhounds met at Gelligenfawr. There was a fair attendance of spectators, mostly on horseback. The day was exceptionally fine, and some good sport was witnessed. OFF TO THE FRONT. William Lewis, monu- mental mason, of this town, has been ordered to the front. Lewis is a private of the 3th V B., S.W.B., and a native of Montgomery. He left on Wednesday morning for Brecon to join his regi- ment, and will proceed to the Cape next Wednesday. PENYBONT CHAPEL.—This schoolroom, which is a branch to the Graig Chapel, will be opened for the first time next Sunday. The building is estimated at about £230, and it is very satisfactory to learn that the debt had been cleared on Tuesday, with the exception of a few minor details. The contractor was Mr. J. O. Williams. FOOTBALL.—The match between Dclgelley and Machynlleth, which was to have come off last Saturday, has been postponed until next Saturday, owing to seven of the Dolgelley players being laid up will illness. The following will play for Mach- ynlleth :— Morgan, goal; Morris and Williams, backs; Evans, Humphreys, and Weaver, half-backs; Vaughan, Holt, Humphreys, Hughes, and Edwards, forwards. The match will be played on the town field. Kick off at 2.30, VOLUNTEERS.—Patriotic feeling runs high, and the local company have had 14 recruits since Satur- day last. RIFLB RANGB.—Lieut. Wakefield, in company with Capt. Kirkby, Mr. E. Gillart, Mr. Griffiths (the Bank), and others, visited the Park Common on Thursday afternoon to inspect the proposed rifle range. It is estimated that the cost of targets, stop butts and platforms, together with a shelter and store house, will not exceed Z50. which sum I has been guaranteed, and the matter will be pro- ceeded with at once. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.At the ordinary meet- ing last week the master reported the case of two trampg who absconded and were brought before the bench of magistrates. The case was dismissed' on the ground that the men's clothes were not dry? —The Clerk: Why were they not dry,?--The Master: They said that the stove was too small.— Mr. E. Hughes (one of the justices who sat on the case) said that it was his impression that there had been some neglect. The master ought to have seen that the men were property treated. The I Master: It is quite unusual for me to enter the room. I send a pauper. The Clerk: But he is net a legal offi-cial. The I never n into the room. I don't think it right that I should go in. I will go if the Board asks ne, but I should be risk- ing my life? The Clerk How is that 7 Some one mii,t,-o. The Master There might be infectious disease there, and it is bf-t-er for one to go than for two. The Guardians asked rhe visiting committee j to report. A letter was read from Dr. Rowlands, of Towyn, declining the terms the Board offered in j reply to application for aca increase oi salary, and stating that in future lie would only do what he was compelled to do by the contract. he was compelled to do by the contract. SCHOOL Lzo-iRD.-The W. S. Jones presided over a special meelin0 of the members of this Board on hursday. Owing to the poor attendance at the schools, the Board decided to ask the magistrates to use their powers to send the boys to the ship "Clio." The ques- tion of providing new buildings came up for con- sideration. The Clerk (Mr. Davies Williams) said were were t cuiidren on tne register, and if thev provided for a school of 350 they would require one third of an acre of land, and the cost of the building, exclusive of the site, would be £ 3,500. To pay this off in thirty years would require £214 10s. per annum, and for fifty years L192 10s. per annum. At present they were paying £40 a year in rates, rent, and improvements on the old buildings.—The Rev. Josiah Jones thought that they could build a school much cheaper than that in Machynlleth.-Mr. R. Gillart agreed, and favoured the idea of erecting a building which could be extended.—Canon Trevor was afraid that it would be necessary to have another school in the town— a ragged school-and he did not wish the new school to be made too large.-The Rev. Josiah Jones: I think a school of 350 would meet the case. —Canon Trevor: Yes, I think it will be a fair num- ber.-The Board then agreed to erect a new school for 350 pupils, and the site will be selected at an early date.—The Chairman said that there ap- peared to be a misunderstanding between the treasurer of the Board (Mr. D. E. R. Griffith, L. and P. Bank) as to the salary the Board were to pay him. The treasurer said that the Board owed him L18. Some time ago the Board gave him a cheque for L9, but the auditor surcharged this because the Board could legally pay any money for interest. Several of them had the idea, that they only owed El 10s., and they had been locking up the minutes and could not find anything in proof of an arrangement whereby the Board was to pay nve per cent. on all over drafts.-The Clerk said that in 1894 both banks were asked to tender for the work, and the L. and P. Bank gave the follow- ing terms :—Five per cent. on all temporary over drafts, or £ 1 10s. per year to cover it. Upon these terms the L. and P. Bank were appo.;nted.-Car,)n Trevor thought the overdraft must have been heavy to make up Z18. They could not expect banks to lend Z200 for £ 1 10s.—Mr. Gillart thought that they ought to have an explanation as to how long the overdraft had been going on. He did not feel justified in passing that without an explanation and a record made for further guidance.—The Board agreed to consult Mr. Griffith upon the matter. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. A meeting of the Governors was held on Friday, when there were present Messrs. Richard Rees (in the chair), E. Hughes Jones, Mrs. Jones, Dr. A. O. Davies (vice-chairman), with Mr. John Row- lands (clerk). The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. THE LABORATORY. Dr. A. O. Davies said that serious attention ought to be paid to the School laboratory, as it was most necessary for the success of the school. CORRESPONDENCE. Mr. John Rowlands, clerk, read a letter which he had received from the Charity Commisioners asking why none of the candidates of the above- named school had received either senior or junior certificates at the examination at the close of the school. The Clerk wrote' a letter back stating what was in the way that the children did not sit for a certificate, was the question of fee, which was five shillings. It was proposed and seconded that the matter be left to Mr. Meyler (head master). A letter was read from Martha Jones, Brynemin. Darowen, asking for a bursary. She stated that she had a son in the school, and that she had seven children in all. Mr. J. Rowlands (clerk) stated that her son was only entered for one term in the school, and that he could not come in for a year'r bursary. A letter was also read by the Clerk from the Mistress in cookery stating that since she had com- menced teaching at Machynlleth the class had in- creased from fourteen to twenty-one paupers. She added that there were too many pupils for one class, as twelve was quite enough, and she asked that the class might be divided into two separate classes.— Mr Rowlands, clerk, said that he had been talking to Mr Meyler, the head master, on that subject, and he (Mr Meyler) proposed dividing the class into two, so that cne class should have their cookery lesson at quarter to ten, and the other at half past ten every morning. This was agreed to. THE REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Chairman again reported that the Finance Committee had not yet met, and consequently there was no report to present, and that the bills would be left until it met. APPOINTMENT OF DRILL INSTRUCTOR. Mr Rowlands read a letter which he had received from Sergeant Instructor E. G. Wilson stating that he would be pleased to undertake the appointment, and accept the same terms as Sergeant Instructor Hemmings, which were £ 7 10s for three terms. It was proposed by the Chairman, and seconded by Mr E. Hughes, and agreed to accept the offer. FOOTBALL FIELD. Dr. Davies said that he could not make anything of the question of getting a football field. Mr Meyler, this head master, thought that Cae Bach would be better than no field at all, as the boys could play half an hour at a dinner time instead of lounging about the streets as they were apt to do now.—Mr Jones proposed that some terms should be offered for a year at the next meeting.—The matter was then referred to Dr. Davies, Mr Meyler, and Mr Rowlands (clerk).—Dr. Davies proposed that a roller and cutting machine be procured at once for the recreation ground.—This was seconded by Mr E. Hughes and carried.—The Clerk asked who would be responsible for the purchase of these things.—It was decided that the work be left to a committee consisting of the Chairman, Vice- chairman, and Mr Meyler.—Mr Richard Rees asked Mr Meyler to give the number of pupils that were in school this term.—Mr Meyler said that one or two had not yet returned, but were going to return, and then they would have eighty students enrolled. Mr. Richard Rees remarked that this was an in- crease over last session.—Dr. Davies proposed that the cricket pitch should be fenced with barbed wire; and that the footpaths through the field should be attended to; also that some trees should be planted in the field.-All these matters were left to the Committee to carry out.—The Cler<. said that Mr. Meyler intended holding school on Saturday for some purpose, and that be had written to the Corris Railway Company asking them to extend the tickets for the pupils to Saturday instead of Friday.—He had received, in reply, a letter from Mr. J. R. Dix, general manager, stating that he wanted to know what time the school was proposed to be held, as he wished to know with what trains they would travel by.-An answer to this enquiry had been sent.
CORRIS. DEATH.—The death took place on Saturday of Mrs. Williams, the wife of Mr. John Williams, Garneddwen, after a long illness. But a month ago a son met his death by an accident at the Quarry, and this no doubt told heavily on an already frail system. Deceased was a member of the Independent Church at Aberllefenny. Much sym- pathy is felt for her husband and children. One son is in the Army and is now in Dublin. OBITUARY.—We regret to record the death of Mr. Thomas Morgan, Esgergeilog, which took place after a very short illness on Saturday last. The deceased was a quarryman by occupation and was held in. high esteem by all his fellow-work- men. He was a faithful deacon at the Calvinistic Methodists Church worshipping at Rehoboth Chapel. His wife had predeceased him some years ago, but his aged mother, now in her 93rd year, and four daughters survive to mourn their loss. The funeral takes place to-day (Thursday).—At Glanllifan, Upper Corris, Mrs Ann Lewis, wife of Mr William Lewis,, passed away last Monday nif?ht. Her remains will be buried at Rehoboth church- yard on Thursday, February lst. She leaves a husband and two sons to mourn after her loss. A TEMPERANCE MEETING was held at the National school on Saturday night by Mr J. R. Dix, who, by means of his magic lantern showed parts of Canada, etc., and also gave selections on Edison's 1 phonograph. An interesting speech was given by Mr Robert Davies, Pantycelyn.
CAPEL SION. THB PULPIT of the C.M. chapel was occupied 1, Mr R. Roberts Davies on the last two Sundays. Mr Davies is a student at the Aberystwyth College, and is a grandson'of the late Rev. Robert Roberts, of Llangeitho, and possesses the elements of a suc- cessful preacher. LECTURE.—Mr. J. L. Pickard. U.C.W., gave an interesting lecture, illustrated with a lantern. at the National School, on the evening of the 23rd ult. The subject was Bees." The room was crowded, and the lecture was most interesting, and all enjoyed it beyond their expectation. The slides were excellent and were much appreciated by the audience, who no doubt will profit by Mr. Pickard's visit.
A)BERDOVEY. WI;DDI' G.-A t t,h e Welsh Congregational Chapel, Lit ^ipoui, iLe marriage took place on Tuesday of Mr. John Jones Williams, Prospect-place of this town to Miss Evans, Oswestry, formerly of Aber- dovey. „ ii-ftfONAL.—Mr. J. M. Howell, Craisrdon, has definitely accepted a commission as lieutenant, and will take command of the Volunteer corps notr being raised in the town. DRUM AND FIFE BAND.—Thanks to the efforts of the Rev. W. M. Roberts,JMr. John Evans, P.O., Williams as collectors, a sum of nearlv i-been promised towards the expense of purchasing instruments for the band. THE RECHABITES.-The following- is the state- ment of accounts submitted bv the Secretary, Mr. Griffith, un Friday, for the past year:-Increase in adult members, 10, juvenile, 18; adult total funds, £ 91, juvenile, do., £ 6. The tent now consists of 10 hon. members, an increase of four members during the past year. ° 1 EMPERANCE.—On Sunday last Mr. E. L. Row- lands presided over the 'weekly Temperance meeting. There was a large number of persons present. The Revs. Gwynoro Davies, Barmouth, and J. \V. Davies spoke highly on Temperance and on tne success of the meetings. LITERARY INSTITUTE.—The committee of this Institute met on Thursday evening, when the fol- lowing were present: Messrs. John Edwards (chairman). W. Jones Hughes. Capt. Edwards Gwilym Williams, W. J. Eve. E. L. Rowlands, Capt. John Evans, J. D. Hughes, W. D. Evans, and Robert Griffith. It was unanimously agreed to invite Philip Sidney to deliver a lecture on his journey to America, on February 21st. The abstract of accounts were received and proved to be very satisfactory. It was also agreed that an appeal be made to subscribers for a donation. CYFARFOD DIWYLLlADOL.- This meeting was held on Monday evening in the Congregational Cnapei under the presidency of Mr. J. P." Lewis. An address was given by Mr. John Lumlev on Hugh Owen, Bronelvdwr," and also a dialogue on Ai yw darllen ffugchwedlau yw gymeradwyo a'i nad yw,' Mr. William. Jones took the affirmative part, and Capt. Thomas Walters the negative, and was supported by Mr. Phillip Evans. Mr. J. Hughes Jones and several others also took part. On the matter being put to vote, 21 voted for the negative, and was carried by a large maiority. OFF TO THE WAR.—A gr^ND send-off was given to Mr. Potter on Monday last. hundreds of people accompanying him to the station. Mr Potter has joined the Montgomery Yeomanry, and will sail on Friday night from Liverpool for South Africa. Willing hands dragged him in a car (kindly lent by Mr Howell) from ^his house to the station. The young men amused themselves by letting off fire- works and burning coloured lights all the way along the route, and singing patriotic songs. At the station yard, Mr J. M. Howell, Craigydon, on behalf of the inhabitants of Aberdovey, presented Mr Potter with a purse of money, and said that he was proud to be present that evening to do honour to one who had volunteered to uphold the rights of the Empire and to go and fight the enemy who has invaded her Majesty's dominion. He wished him Godspeed and a safe return. When he returned he (Mr Howell) hoped to welcome him at the head of a strong corps of Aberdovey volunteers.— Mr Potter, who was deeply affected, said that he was extremely thankful for all their kindness and the send off; also he thanked them for the purse he would try to do his best for Old England.—Mr John Bell. as an old inhabitant, wished Mr Potter safe return, and hoped he would see the old fiag flying over Pretoria.—Whilst waiting at the station for the train, patriotic songs were sung with gusto by the whole assembly. As the train left, three ring- ing cheers were given, and the large number of fog signals exploding on the line made a regular cannonade. RECHABITES ANNUAL SUPPER. On Friday evening last at the Board School the members of the "Angor Dyfi Tent" of the In- dependent Order of Rechabites, held their annual anniversary supper. The tables, which were decorated with flowers, were presided over by the following ladies:—Mrs. W. Jones-Hughes, Mrs. Owen, Mrs. G. Davies, Mrs. Lewis Hughes, Mrs. Bayster, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Lewis Jones, Mrs. Bayster, Mrs. Pughe, Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Jones. The catering was under- taken by Mr. Roberts, Bethel Bakery, and, needless to say, that everything was done to the entire satisfaction of everybody. About 140 sat down, including the guests, adults, and juvenile members. The following gentlemen were among those pre- sent :—Dr. Bonner. Messrs. W. D. Evans, W. Jones, R.O., W. Jones, W. Jones Hughes, E. L. Rowlands, W. J. Eves, R. F. Williams, John Pughe, J. Roberts, G. Davies, R. Griffiths, Gwilym Williams, Capt. J. Evans, Messrs. John Owen, John Evans, David Jones, and John Jones. After the feast was over, and whilst the faithful adherents of myglis" were having their smoke in the lobbies, the* room was cleared and prepared for the meeting. The meeting was presided over by Mr. W. Jones-Hughes (chief ruler). Mr. Hughes said that he was pre- siding that night in the unavoidable absence of Mr. Lumley, junr., who was absent through illness, he was sure that they all regretted Mr. Lumley's absence. He said that he was glad to be able to report that their young tent was in a good flourish- ing condition, financially as well as in numbers. As years roil by they find more faithful adherents enrolling themselves as members of their lodge (cheers). He was sure that no one could say that any of their members had been sponging on their funds, and that every one who had help from their funds were entitled to it through genuine illness, not through malingering. He implored the members to be more faithful in their attendance. He said that he was not one of the best, but be couuld boast of being often pre- sent at the Lodge meetings than a good many who had not half the responsibility on their shoulders as he had. He would mention that Mr. John Jones, and Mr. Hugh Edwards were the two most faithful members, not only in attendance, but in all their duties—nothing was too much for them to do for the cause (cheers). Mr. Hughes read letters of regret at being absent from the meeting from the Bishop of Bangor. Rev. J. D. Jones, Rev. Danies, Rev. J. Rowlands, vicar. Mr. J. Hughes Jones, and others. Mr. R. Griffiths, the Treasnrer, read the Balance Sheet. After Mr. Griffiths had finished his report, the Chairman called upon Mr. R. H. Williams (one of the auditors). Mr. Williams said that in conjunction with Mr. E. Jones, they went carefully through every item, and that he was pleased to say that everything was plain and above board; indeed, he aaid, the work of auditing was simple, inasmuch as the method that Mr. Griffiths had adopted in keeping accounts was simple, yet most thorough, and that he was a pattern to a frood many. He drew their attention to the I sick pay item of £24 this year as compared with £2 last year, yet in spite of this lorlge increase, the funds of the lodge has increased in a larger ratio. Mr. E. L. Rowlands, proposed a hearty vote of thanks to all the officials from the chief ruler down to the doorkeeper, he said they all deserved the best thanks for carrying out their different work during the year, but he said there was one he would like to mention and that was their Medical Officer, Dr. Bonner (cheers) lie was sure they appreciated his services, his care and attention to all who were unfortunate enough to be under his hands, not only as their Medical Officer ought they to be proud of him, but also at the fact that Dr. Bonner stands up against drink, we never bear of him recommending any intoxicants to his patients (cheers), only when it is absolutely necessary will he allow "it, and in course of further remarks he said, that during the whole of the time that Dr. Bonner had been their officer, there has not been a single complaint against him nor a single death amongst the members (cheers)- Mr. John Evans, Draper, said be had the greatest pleasure to second the proposition, and he could qualify all fhat Mr. Rowlands said about them. Dr. Bonner on rising was received with loud cheers said, he thanked them deeply for their kindness, and was glad to find that his services was appre- ciated He was pleased to find that the lodge was in such a flourishing condition, both financially and in point of numbers, he must say on the whole that the members were a healthy lot, of that he could assure them he was not a bit sorry of (langhter), he considered that the principle of temperance ought to be more thoroughly taught, and held out as an inducement to all to join. He wished the lodge success, good health and prosperity (loud cheers). Mr. W. Jones, R.O., said that he felt, proud of his office and he would like every one I else to feel as proud 11" him. he felt proud of the I children that were members of the juvenile lodge He paid a very great compliment to the children, they were regular in attendance, and took a keen and intelligent interest in all that was going on. He ventured to predict that these little children who were now rocnibers cf the lodge, when grown to P'8:Oh(\()(1, would be a credit to the lodge and to the officials who looked after them in their younger days (cheers). Mr. W. D. Evans proposed a vote of thnnks to all the .lests. He was sure all woul( agree with him that all the members of the Ten were proud to see them there that evening. H ? was forcibly impressed with the fact that b. I giving their presence they were also having thei deep sympathy, and good wishes for the cause j Mr. W. J. Eves, Mr. J Lumley (senior), and M> j W. Jones, C.C., spoke on behalf of the guest The latter gentleman said that a lodge like thi claimed more of his sympathy than any othe because it included temperance. He was glad find so many young men members, and said no was the time in their young days to put somethir by for ra%N, days, so that when they were on years and sickness overtaking them they woo have some- thing to fall back on besides chari and parish relief. Several songs and quartet" were rendered during the evening. The meeti was brought to a close by singing 4- Hen Wlad i Nhadau.' j