-uL:ZiL.o.Ho From the Banks of the Dovey. XOff that the noble army of cyclists are beginning to awake from their winter lethargy, and exercise their variuus steeds, it becomes a painful but neces- sary dut.\ to denounce a certain objectionable and puerile practice, which I must regretfully own, is indulged in by people of both sexes, who, assuredly, not only ought, 10, hue llo know holier. The favourite method of these cyclists is silently to stalk their quarry from the rear. Perhaps this may be an elderly lady, peacefully taking a con- stitutional along a country road-then the pur- suer suddenly gets up steam, much steam, and whizzes past the unsuspecting victim as closely and noislessly as possible. Nursemaids with their in- variable accompaniments are splendid game for this sport, as children's fondness for erratic dashes across the road are frequent, and painful, and free." Possibly I am too old, too lacking in the joie de vivre to understand what special amusement or pleasure can be derived from startling inoffen- sive folk, and doing one's utmost to 11 run over any youngsters available. Possibly, also, I myself, or some of my respected companions may have been startled into a display of agility unbefitting either our age, dignity, or appearance. But, my erring friends, have you ever heard of such a thing as a bell 1 Do you imagine that they are simply fortbc ornamentation of your specially fetchin,g I machine '-aDd oh, are you aware that moreover, nothwithstanding, and nevertheless, the conduct of such a surprise scorcher is actionable. Mend your ways, or your bells, or peradventure even both! And just a word to the pedestrians. Please believe, my dear sir or madam, that cyclists have no evil motives in ringing their bells, their intent is neither to annoy or harass you, but simply to give you notice of their speedy arrival, that you may safely avoid their wheels, and not have forced upon you the knowledge of what occurs when an entirely irresistible force meets with an absolutely immoveable obstacle. Would it not be wise for Machynlleth to adver- tize itself before Spring arrives ? It is hardly my province to point out the many ways in which this may be done, but that some advertisement is a necessary policy which will brook no delay many citizens affirm. Why, may I usk, is Aberystwyth allowed to ran" the Llyfnant Valley ? For certainly it does so, and not unprofitably, be very sure. Why are tourists encouraged to approach this Valley- our Valley-from Glandovey. by which process they remain in ignorance of the very existence of Machynlleth! Surely the proper way to approach the Glaspwll Falls or the Llyfnant Vailey is through this town, and we should exert ourselves to obtain such a result. There is little need to sing the praises of these most beautiful spots, though one may point out, without any prejudice, that in few such romantic resorts can you obtain as good a tea, at such a very moderate rate, or more pleasant, courteous service. Again, already a large number of officers have been invalided home from South Africa, and of there doubtless a large number would gladly avail themselves of the mountain air, attractive and un- usually fine scenery which Machynlleth can honestly offer. But can we expect them to evolve all this from their own inner consciousness, or deduce even part of it from the appearance of the magic word Machynlleth in Bradshaw or the A.B.C.—derisively so called ? There will be con- tinual batches of such health-seekers arriving- (leaving the ordinary tourist out of the question)- and it cannot be too strongly urged that advertise- ment, accommodation, and increased facilities for visiting the various charming spots in the neigh- bourhood should receive speedy attention. The last meeting of the Cymdeithas Cymreig- yddion Cyfeilog was most interesting. J. J. Tyny- | braich, read a paper on Dr. Davies, Mallwyd," >hich was listened to with great appreciation of the peculiar attractiveness of such a personality qtnd the times in which he lived Furthermore, the good taste and literary value of the paper we heard largely commented on. The second subject was "Hugh Jones, Maesglasau," and "Tegwyn" handled it in a masterly style. Owing to the unavoidable absence of the Presi- dent (Mr. J, Rowlands), our Morfa" occupied the chair, and looked exceedingly well in it, too. A short discussion on the papers followed, and after the usual votes of thanks the meeting broke up. j MAGPIE.
I TALYBONT. ADVERTISERS should send their advertisements to the Welsh Gazette. They will find the charges Very moderate. RBADER.-The Welsh Gazette is published every | Thursday and you should get it on that day. | GHNEROSITY.—The Reading Room has found a J timely benefactor in the person of Mr. L. P. j Hughes of Tanyrallt, now at Messrs Schoolbred's, 1 the well-known London House. Mr. Hughes has presented the institution with a large number oi valuable books which are much appreciated by all. t Now then, who next-the more, the merrier. | PETTY SESSIONS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST. Before Messrs T. J. Morgan, D. Howell, and J. M. Williams. THE LATE MR. PRYSE.—The magistrates pre- sent expressed their deep sympathy with Mrs. PrYlle (Lodge Park), and Sir Pryse Pryse and Lady Pryse (Gogerddan) in their sad bereavement in the death of the late Mr. P. P. Pryse, who had been 0 a fellow-magistrate for several years.-Thc Clerk Was directed to convey this expression to the wife and relatives. ALLEGED ASSAULT.—Thomas Jones, Tynewydd, Talybont, shepherd, charged Isaac Davies, Wern, Talybont, butcher, with assault. Complainant said Monday, the 22nd ult., he was at the Black j -Lion Hotel, Talybont, about 8.30 p.m. He was sitting on a chair near the kitchen fire with Oever I others. Defendant came in with a glass of beer in his band. He put the glass of beer on the table and said, It is very hot here." He then took j Off his coat, and put it on the settle, and came to the fire near him, and said, How is the £ 20 man getting on," meaning him (the defendant). After I further conversation, defendant knocked him on the nose, and he fell against the wall, and as the I result of this treatment lie bled considerably. He remained in the hotel for about half an hour after defendant had left. As he was going home, Davies *Qd another man named Owen Evans, came up to kim. The former said, As we have begun we *»ight as well finish it. Come with me to the field." He (complainant) refused, whereupon! Tbavies pushed him into the hedtre. Defendant 9.11, evidence on his ow^ behalf. Ha went Sto the Blnck Lion on the night in question, c heard complainant telling those present that the defmdant had owed him a lot of money for three pr four years. He then went to him and asked him if he was the better man. Complainant arose and OArne towards him, and tried to kick him. He flight hold of him by the collar of the coat, and the man fell on his side. He did not strike him, Neither did he see him bleeding. He (defendant) then went and sat on the settle, and prosecutor tried to get at him again, but a man named John ftiths prevented him. He then went home, and tiid not see complainant afterwards.—The ease was dismissed. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Two brothers, -aœed John Lewis and Lewis Lewis, living at Tyngraig, Talybont, were charged with being ctrunk and disorderly on the highway on the 23rd January. P.C. Joseph said at 10 p.m. on the date -a.rned he heard a disturbance on the highway at the back of the Black Lion. He went there, and saw the two brothers scuffling on the ground, and » ttowd around them. On being told to go home they both went.-John was now fined 10s. and ,e08e: and Lewis 5s. and costs.
PONTERWYD. l»QUEsT.—On Saturday last an inquest was held at 7*&Otllyn before Mr John Evans, solicitor, coroner, 'Ato the death of Isaac Richard Thomas,infant son of }(r James Thomas, shepherd. The jury were:- Mr Jones, Post Office (foreman), Messrs W. j ^e8, E. Atwood, D. Davies, M. Morgan?, J. Hughes, f <*• Jones, Wm. James, D. Davies, J. Thomas, D. j, Thomas, and B. Thomas. Mrs Thomas (the child's jj mother), gave evidence and said that he died on i Tuesday last at 11.10 p.m. at the age of two years, j was in his usual health that morning, but i «kout noon she had to go out of the house for a lew minutes and left her second boy, aged four the deceased, and the baby in the house, "ken she was returning 1° t-he house, the deceased her at the door in flames. She extinguished J*15 fire* and carried him in, and as soon as her nusband and brother, who were on the mountain, turned, the brother rode off for Dr Davies, Machynlleth, who arrived about 6.30. He stayed wlth the child for over two hours, but, unfortunately, Sll their efforts were of no avail. The little brother plained clearly how he took fire. The jury found a yerdict of accidental death, and strongly recom- mended that fire guards should be used where little c*ildren are being brought up. The house is the neareet to the summit of Piynlimon, and the quick *rrival of Dr Davies is much to his credit and "• the uncle who fetched him over the mountains.
.£.aQ. Ii ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Town Council, acting also as the Urban District Council of the Borough, I was held on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Town Hall. There were present—Mr. D. C. Roberts (ex-mayor), Alderman T. Doughton, Messrs. R. J. Jones, J. P. Thomas, T. E. Salmon, G. Croydon Marks, R. Doughton, I. Hopkins, R. Peake, I Evan Hugh James, with Mr. A. J. Hughes (town clerk), Mr. H. L. Evans (borough account- ant), Mr. Rees Jones (borough surveyor), and Mr. C. Massey (assistant clerk). THE MAYOR ILL. The Clerk reported that the Mayor (Alderman C M. Williams) would be unable to be present that day, being confined to his bed through an attack of influenza. z, Mr. D. C. Roberts (ex-mayor) was then un- animously voted to the chair. THE PROPOSED VOLUNTEER CORPS The Clerk stated the Mayor had received a communication from the Lord-Lieutenant of the county stating he heard it was intended to raise a volunteer corps at Aberystwyth, and asking to be put in communication with the originator of the movement, so that he could get further particulars. The Clerk said he had consulted the Mayor on this communication, who desired him, as hon. sec., to communicate with the Lord-Lieutenant stating that at the public meeting it was unanimously resolved that they should place themselves in communication with the Lord-Lieutenant, and also with the county member. The Chairman And that has been done ? The Clerk It has. THE PAVING OF TREVOR-ROAD. The Clerk reported he had received a letter from Mrs. Margaret J. Davies, 4, Trevor-road, strongly objecting to a cinder path being put down before her house instead of concrete slabs, as had been suggested by certain persons. Mr. Salmon: That, has been decided by the magistrates, has it not? The Clerk intimated that with regard to the objections of Captain Jenkins and Mr. W. J. Watkins under the Private Street Works Act, who were the only objectors in Trevor-road, the Cor- poration scheme was confirmed by the Bench. Regarding the decision in Mr. Nightingale's case, he would ask the Council to consider that in private. He might say he had been advised on the matter, and he wished to know whether the Council would appeal against the decision of the magis- trates. It was decided that the Council resolve itself into a committee at the conclusion of this meeting to take the matter into consideration. SUMMER AMUSEMENTS. The following communication was read from Mr. Gilbert Rogers, addressed frem the Theatre Royal, Rochdale:—"Dear Sir, Am writing to say that on the conclusion of pantomime will im- mediately let you know when I can meet your Council (at their convenience) to lay my plans of working before them, which will be right away I from anything yet done in your town, and more beneficial Lo visitors and the town. I presume Mr Coliins's troupe will not be allowed to parade the town in any way to advertize his show, also will not be allowed to give handbills out on the prom- enade. or have an advertising cart, or sandwich board men parading, as from what I can glean he is very bitter towards me, and no doubt intends doing his worst. I may also state that I have been successful in securing fine talent. All Mr Coliins's men have written me, but I have declined their services." The Clerk said be had replied to Mr. Rogers stating the letter would be placed before the Council. He also informed him that he supposed that the same privileges which were extended to Mr. Collins would be granted to him. Of course, they could not interfere with any rights Mr. Collins or anyone else might have, provided he did not oppose any bye-laws or Act of Parliament. On the proposition of Mr. R. J. Jones, the com- munication was referred to the General Purposes Committee for further consideration. AN ALLEGED ENCROACHMENT. Mr. William Richards wrote in reference to the plans of his proposed warehouse in St. James' Square, which he understood the committee had rejected on the ground that it was encroach- ing on public property. He had placed the matter before his solicitors (Messrs. Smith, Davies k Co.), and asked their opinion, and he enclosed their letter to him written by them after inspecting the deeds and property, and going into the matter thoroughly, from which they would see that they advised that he was entitled to the whole of the 'and up to the roadway, but he was not asking this. All he wanted was to bring his line of frontage on to half of the land in front of the Butchers Arms, so as to have it in line with Mr. Morris* property. Any rights he had to the remaining half he would give up, and it could be treated as a public path- way. The solicitor' letter, which was to the effect stated in the foregoing, was also read. The Clerk said without anticipating what the Council would decide on the matter, he might say this was an open space, and had been ever since the house was built, and even assuming that the land belonged to Mr. Richards, which was very likely, there appeared to be a dedication to the public, which might be subject to the obstruction on market and other days. But the whole question was one which the committee should discuss. Mr. R. J. Jones proposed that the letter be referred for further consideration to the Public Works Committee. He was they had a recommenda- tion in their report refusing the application., The Clerk remarked he believed there was every disposition on the part of Mr. Richards to meet the Council. The recommendation was then referred to the Public Works Committee to consider the report. GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION. The Clerk reported he had received a com- munication from the Local Government Board and another from the Board of Trade. The letter from the former authority stated they had received the report of their inspector, Colonel Durnford, upon the inquiry held by him respecting the application of the Town Council for sanction to borrow £3,200 for the provision of dwellings for persons of the labouring class in Smithfield-road, and requiring, before dealing with the application, to be furnished with a plan in duplicate on tracing cloth showing the land proposed to be appropriated for the purpose of these dwellings, defining the boundaries bv a hard line of colour; and a copy of a resolution of the Town Council applying for the Board's consent. The Clerk reported that this matter had been attended to. GUNS ON THE CASTLE GROUNDS. Mr T. E. Salmon drew attention to the fact that at the previous meeting of the Council a letter was read from Lieutenant Stephens on behalf of the War Office asking for permission to place an ad- ditional gun on the Castle grounds. It was then decided that the matter should be placed on the agenda for this meeting, but he saw no notice of it. He considered it an important matter, and thought it should receive attention. The Clerk said he had been speaking to the Mayor about it, and it should have been placed on the agenda for this meeting. It was his omission that it had not been placed there. The Chairman assured Mr Salmon that it should be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. WATER INSPECTOR'S UNIFORM. Mr Salmon also pointed out that the Council naa decided to refer the question of the water in- spector's uniform to the Public Works Committee. He was sorry to see that cotrimittee had not taken into consideration that matter. He thought it was uuly right that the water inspector should have a uniform as well as the sanitary inspector. There were many ratepayers who did not know the water inspector, and it was only natural that they fre- quently ignored him when he called at their houses. The Chairman said the Clerk would write to the Chairman of the Public Works Committee drawing his attention to the fact that nothing had been done in this matter. Mr. Salmon said that would meet his wishes. LIGHTING OF CASTLE GROUNDS. Mr. Salmon enquired whether the Public Lights Committee had taken into consideration the light- ing of the Castle grounds during the summer evenings. He thought such a thing would be a great advantage to the town. Mr. R. Peake explained that the Committee had considered the question, and it was decided to defer the matter until the larger scheme of the protection of the Castle grounds was taken in hand. h vvas then probable that it would be necessary to light the promenade, and they would consequent- ly be able to light the Castle grounds to better advantage. ELECTRIC LIGHTING. The Public Lights Committee reported that the Town Clerk had resettled the draft agreement with the Aberystwyth & Chiswick Electric Light Supply Co. Ltd., in regard to the supply of energy to the public arc lamps in the town, and in doing so had adhered to the resolution of the Council in the matter. It was, therefore, recommended that the 8 contract be executed subject to the provisions and ji approval of same by the Council. The Committee I was also glad to report that as the result of an I interview the Chairman and Clerk had had with j the Chairman and Sec. of the same Company, the j Company had agreed to withdraw the claim in respect of maintenance of arc lamps amounting to J £ 84 4s 8d, which had always been repudiated by | the Council, but the existence of which had | hitherto delayed a settlement. The Committee, | therefore, recommended the payment of the account due to the Co. in respect of the Electric Lighting of the public lamps, from the December quarter, 1898, up to and including the December quarter of 1899, which amumitod to C638 2s 9d. The report of the Committee was unanimously adopted. THB PROMENADE EXTENSION. The repeat of the Conference between the Sub- building Committee of the College and the Public Works Committee of the Council was presented, and contained the following recommendations:— 1, That the plan of the proposed Promenade extension should, as far as in the opinion of the Town Council, practically be modified so as to increase the width between the carriage way and the front of the College Examination Hall, that is, between bastion A and B, on the plan; 2, that no entertainments or public shows be permitted between the entrance to the promenade pier and bastion D on said plan; 3, Lhat no building be erected on the piece of land reclaimed from the sea between the southern end of the College and the Castle, without the joint consent of the Town Coun- cil and the Council of the College; 4, that access to the new promenade irom the College be provided from two points, to be hereafter mutually agreed upon 5, that the College accept the proposed ex- change of land as shown on the plan. Mr R. Peake, referring to clauses 2 and 3 in the Committee's recommendations, said he supposed they would be entitled to hold entertainments at the spot between the pier and the castle grounds dur- ing the College vacation. If they made, as it was proposed, a good opening there under the Castle, he believed it would be a good position for holding entertainments, and he did not know whether the Committee had considered that. He suggested that they should have inserted in the agreement a clause that no entertainments be allowed on the space between the pier and castle, except during the vaca- tion, as he thought it was intended to make that iipot as attractive as possible. Alderman T. Doughton said their intention was to get an aquarium there, and his opinion was to let well alone. He thought it well to leave it alone,,as the matter had been fully considered by the Committee. The Chairman said it was thought nothing had been given they could not very well allow. Mr. R. Peake remarked the clause said that no place of entertainment be erected betweeu the pier and Castle Point. Certainly an aquarium would be a place of "entertainment. Mr. R. J. Jones inquired whether the Council were in any way in the hands of the College authorities in this matter. It seemed to him that they were committing themselves. He wished to know whether the College authorities were able to make these suggestions and sustain them. If they were, they were compelled to grant them. But if not, he did not sec why the Council should permit themselves to give these concessions to the College. He did not think they should allow any authority to go out of their own hands and invest it in the College authorities. The Chairman We have not done that. Mr. Jones I don't know what our position is in this matter. The Clerk explained that the discussion was not based upon the relative rights of either the Council on the one hand or the College on the other. It was a friendly meeting, and the College at the start allowed any right they might have raised in opposition to the scheme to drop. They really met in a friendly manner, without discussing the legal position on either side. It was the opinion of all the members representing the Council that there was no important concession or right here, and having regard to the short length of a comparative- ly narrow promenade, the provisions were almost necessary, because no entertainments could be held at the point, and the restriction was confined to the promenade. Mr. R. J. Jones But this will be a big piece. The Clerk said it was obvious to those who were present that it would be undersirable for any authority to contemplate building anything there that would not be an ornament and an advantage to the town, and if it was proposed to erect a building a mutual agreement could be arrived at. Mr. R. J. Jones said he did not wish to oppose the recommendations, but he thonght the College authorities should have that confidence in the Council to allow it to be an open question. He thought it was going too far to grant a piece of land that they would have no power over as regards any structure they might require to build thereon. The Surveyor said there was one fact the Council should bear in mind, and that was that the College authorities were giving a very large space, project- ing seawards. By giving that it enabled the Council to carry out its scheme at a very consider- able less cost. Mr. R. J. Jones: But we grant them another piece at the other end. The Clerk But they have withdrawn any claim for compensation. Mr. C. Marks said he objected to this as a matter of principle, and did not see why the College authorities should dictate terms to the Council. The Chairman pointed out that this was a joint meeting, and they had not assumed anything. Mr. R. J. Jones: But I presume the suggestions came from the other side ? The Chairman said all the members at the meet- ing readily agreed agreed to everything there. Mr. Marks thought he was quite entitled, even if it was unanimously agreed be- tween the joint committee, to express his opinion on what was a grave matter of principle. He did hot think that the College should impose terms to bind them for all time. It seemed a dog-in-the- manger policy to suggest that if there was a space which might be a convenient place for an awning or shelter that that could not be used because of an opinion the College might hold as to what was proper and what was right. He objected to the College assuming the role of monitors of the morals of the town. The Chairman: There was no suggestion of that kind. Mr. Marks There was no suggestion, perhaps, but it might be the interpretation placed upon it. I do not imagine that the best of them would endeavour to put that interpretation upon it. The Chairman Nor the worst of them. Mr. Marks But you don't know the worst of them. The Chairman Yes, I know them all. Mr. Marks added that he thought they should resist the matter, and seriously suggested that the recommendation be removed from the agenda. Mr. R. Doughton said he would be sorry to handicap or annoy the College. in any shape or form, but during the summer vacation, and when the town was full of visitors, he thought that should any application be made for this place to give public entertainments in the open that they should be at liberty to grant such permission. Mr Peake thought by adopting the recommenda- tion they would really be making a private road of it. Mr J. P. Thomas did not agree with the opposition which had been raised, especially when they re- ceived the immense advantage of having a beauti- ful road for the extension of the promenade round to the Castle grounds by the kindness of the College authorities. He thought it was unfair to raise such a simple question as to whether there should be a building or awning on this particular place. The extension of the promenade was desired really from the fact that the present promenade was already congested, and be thought the most likely thing to meet that would be to have an extension without any kind of building, awning. or other obstruction upon it. Mr R. J. Jones: But what we say is that we should not allow the power to go out of our hands. Mr Thomas I understand your point, but we are not likely to do that. We should consider the College authorities, when they have been so kind and good to us. Mr Marks We have been good to them, also. Mr Thomas: In what way? Mr I. Hopkins said he was present at the meeting of the joint committee, and mentioned this point. He did not get any support there, but was pooh- poohed when he made the suggestion. The Chairman said the views of the meeting that day should again be represented to the College authorities. He had no doubt they would meet each other in every possible way. Mr. Peake remarked that he only took exception to the Council not being allowed to grant permis- sion for entertainments at the spot named during the summer vacation. I The Chairman suggested that the matter be again placed on the agenda for the next meeting, and that in the meantime the Clerk communicate with the College authorities asking them to amend clause 2 as suggested, and that clause 3 be deleted entirely. Mr. R. Peake proposed a resolution to this effect, and Mr. J. P. Thomas seconded. After further discussion, this proposition was unanimously agreed to. RENEWAL OF LEASES. The Finance Committee recommended the renewal of the lease of the Eagle Foundry Co. for their premises in Northgate-street and Skinner- street, and also of two cottages for the same firm in Skinner-street, the latter being treated on the site scale. NEW LHASEFT. F The seal of the Council was affixed to agreements for new leases to be granted to Mr. Edward Evans and Mr. E. Felix in respect of pieces of land in Cambrian-street. The Council also accepted the surrender of the residue of the term of No. 17, Marine-terrace, and No. 4, Queen's-road, and granted new leases of the said premises to Messrs. Richard and Lewis Mathias and Capt. David Jones respectively. TENDERS FOR SEWER PIPES. Five tenders had been received for the supply of iron pipes necessary for the extension of the town main sewer, and that of Messrs. Spittle and Sons at £ 7 16s. per ton for 24 inch pipes was accepted. j PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS. The Surveyor presented plans, estimates, &c., for paving certain streets in the town, for public lavatories, and for making- a storm culvert in Railway-terrace. These were agreed to, and the Clerk was directed to apply to the Local Govern- ment Board for their sanction to the necessary loam; for the carrying out of these works.
MACHYNLLETH. AMBULANCE EXAMINATION.—On Friday evening ttwenty-one candidates sat for the ambulance examination at the Cambrian Railway Station. The examiner was Dr. Thomas, Welshpool. The instructor is Dr. W. R. Williams. RIFLE -RANGE.- Everything points to the pro- vision of a rifle range at Machynlleth becoming an established fact. The ground has been measured and marked out, and it will now only be necessary to secure the sanction of the War Office to the site before putting it to practical use. OPENING OF NEW SCHOOLROOM.—The opening of the new schoolroom at Penybont-ar-Dovey for the use of the Sunday School held at that place in connection with the Graig Welsh Congregational Church, Machynlleth, took place on Sunday last. In the afternoon a special prayer meeting was held, conducted by the Rev. Josiah Jones, pastor, when several persons took part. The building is a com- pact and comfortable one, the contractor being Mr. J. O. Williams, Machynlleth. CYMDEITHAS CYMRrlIGYDDIO-N.-A n other meet- ing of the Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion Cyfeiliog was held on Wednesday evening last at the Town Hall, the Rev. T..D. Hughes (vice-president) occupying the chair in the unavoidable absence of Mr. John Rowlands (president). Two excellent papers were read by Mr. John Jones, Tynybiaich, and 1 'Tegwyn," Dinas Mawddwy, the former upon the subjects of Dr. Davies Mallwyd," and the latter upon Hugh Jones, Maesglasau." Both gentlemen are popular and successful litterateurs. Mr. John Jones was well-known to an earlier gener- ation by the active part he took in many an eisteddfod, while -1 Tegwyn's" compositions are also known far beyond his own neighbourhood. The subject of the first paper is a most interesting personage, as Dr. Davies played a very prominent part in the translation of the Bible into Welsh, pro- duced a gigantic Welsh-Latin and Latin-Welsh dictionary, besides several very important works, historical and theological. He was a ripe scholar in the classics, and the period in which he lived was a most interesting one, historically and ecclesiastically. The old parish church of Mallwyd is very ancient, and the walls are built in two counties, viz., Montgomeryshireand Merionethshire. The altar was formerly in the centre of the church; the famous Archbishop Laud requested Dr. Davies that it should be removed to the east end of the church. Dr. Davies refused, feeling ran high, the Communion table was temporarily removed by force, but not for long, for Dr. Davies soon restored it to its old position in the centre of the church. We do not know whether it stands there still or not. The paper threw light upon the ignorance which then hovered over Wales-the clergy alone had the key of wisdom and knowledge-but even their knowledge of Welsh was for the most part shamefully imperfect. The paper was listened to with very much interest. The second paper re- ferred to another well-known Welsh writer on religious subjects chiefly, a man who published 26 Welsh books under very trying and difficult cir- cumstances. This paper was also very much en- joyed. Interesting discussions followed the read- ing of both papers, and the two gentlemen were afterwards heartily thanked for providing the society with so edifying an evening. The gather- ing concluded with a vote of thanks to the Chair- man. Amongst those also present were: Ap Gwyddon" (Dr. E. Davies-Rees), "Wnion" (the Rev. E. W. Evans), Rev. E.- Roberts, Mr H. H. Meyler, M.A., Mr Evan Jones, B.A., B.Sc., Mr D. Evans, solicitor, Mr Jenkins, National Provincial Bank, Mr Edward Rees, chemist, Mr D. Phillip Jones, &c. This Society's syllabus is one of the best we have seen, and the gatherings always prove a source of education and enjoyment. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.-TUESDAY. Present:—Mr. W. M. Jones, in the chair; Messrs. Richard Gillart, Edward Gillart, John Pugh, Rd. Rees, T. Smith, J. M. Breeze, E. Rees, with Mr. John Rowlands, clerk; D. Phillip Jones, assistant clerk; Dr. A. O. Davies; John Jones, surveyor, and W. Williams, collector. COUNTY RATING.. A circular was read from the Clerk to the Montgomery County Council also enclosing the county rate basis, and asking if the Urban District Council had any objectionTto the rating. The returns of the old basis for ttie Machynlleth district was Z6,453, and the new basis was L7196 18s. 6d. The assessable value of the parish being £6443. INFECTIOUS DISEASES ACT, 1889. The clerk read a letter from the Local Govern- ment Board stating that the Infectious Diseases Acts, 1889 and 1889, had now been made com- pulsory for the rural aud district councils. The Acts show that each family should report to the Medical Officer of health, any infectious disease, and if not complied with a fine will be imposed. He (the Clerk) had already bought books, &c., for the Surveyor and Medical Officer. Mr. Edward Rees proposed, and Mr. J. M. Breeze seconded, that the Council approve what the clerk had already done. This was agreed to. PLANS. Plans of the proposed new houses to be built by Mr. Williams, architeet, in Garsiwn were submitted, and referred to the surveyor for recommendation. Mr. Williams, architect, appeared personally and complained that the Council were doing away with his plans every time. The Council were aware that he submitted plans to them on several occasions and were not approved of. He had experienced more trouble with this Council than any other Council. The surveyor had always told him that he had nothing to do with the plans. Mr. Pugh stated that the Council bad done everything that they possibly could to Mr. Williams, and at the same time pointed out that privies. &c., should be put on the plans. There being another set of plans containing the privies, &c.. it was agreed that these plans be re- ferred to the surveyor. SEWARAGE. A letter was read from Mr, J. M. Howell refus- ing to let the field for the proposed sewerage works on his property at Ogofach. Mr. Richard Rees proposed, and Mr. Gilart seconded, and it was agreed, that a small deputa- tion should meet Mr. Howell, and Mr. W. M. Jones (chairman), Mr. Edward Gillart, and Mr. Rowlands (clerk) were appointed. FINANCE COMMITTBE'S REPORT, This report was read and approved of, with the exception of the Gas Co.'s bill for gas for the town. Mr. Edward Rees proposed, and it was agreed, that the Council apply for a reduction in the bill. Owing to the size of the town. he considered it too high. TOWN REFUSB. Mr. Gillart stated that he wished to call the attention of the Council to the fact that the refuse in the streets had not been, carted away in time.. He did not think it was the fault of the carter, but it was the fault of. the inhabitants for not carrying out the refuse in time. The Surveyor also stated that some would have the refuse ready the previous night, and others long after the cart had passed. VACANCY.. The Clerk stated that there was a vacancy on the Council from the north ward. In reply to Mr. Breeze, the Clerk stated that the election would take place about the end of March or beginning of April. The matter was left over till the next meeting. APPOINTMENT OR LAMPLIGHTER. Six applications were received for the lighting of the town for the season. It was agreed that Mr. John Jones, Graigfach, be appointed at Is per night. COLLECTOR'S REPORT. The Collector reported that one summons was issued at the last session against Mr. Jones, Lion Hotel, and was returnable. The second instalment of the district was X480 16s 8d. He was glad to say that E319 10s 3d had been already collected. Other summonses had bean issued for the next police court meeting, and he hoped that by the next meeting he would have a clear sheet (hear, hear). The report was then approved.
LLANYBYTHER. SCHOOL BOARD.-A meeting of the School Board was held on Monday afternoon, the 5th inst., under the presidency of the Rev. H. Ivor James, chair- man, there being also present: Messrs D. Williams, Maescanol, and J. Davies, Cwmdawe, with Mr D. Evans, clerk.—After the usual business was gone through the Clerk was authorized to advertize for a certificated assistant mistress to take charge of the infant class, and the Head Master was also per- mitted to order text books for the Use of the pupil teachers of the school. TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.—-On Friday even- ing, January 26th, about 40 members of the Even- ing Continuation Class held at the Board school partook of their annual tea party provided by Mr Lewis, the head master, as a treat to his pupils at the end of the session. There was an ample sup- ply of tea, cake, and buns, and the wants of all present were carefully locked after by Misses Jones, the Temperance, Llanybyther, who catered for the occasion. After full justice had been done to the good things on the table, a miscellaneous programme, was gone through, in which many of the pupils took part. All dispersed to their homes after having spent a most enjoyable evening.
BARMOUTH. NJlw LIBRARY.—Mrs Talbot, the generous donor who had promised tne nanusome sum of £3UO to- wards the building fund of this institution, informed the hon. se., Mr Jones, Bryn Teg, the other day that she was 110 satisfied with the way that things were going on that she drew out a cheque im- £ 400. thus increasing her orignal promise by £ 100. This brings up the amount already paid into the bank to the credit of the Building Fund to £1,103, while the promises amount to .£1.267 DRILLING.—The scholars at the Intermediate School are now having drill exercise daily. One fine day last week the teacher put them through the manoeuvres in Park-road, which caused them to be noticed by several passers-by, who it seems were greatly amazed at the sight, taking for granted possibly that the youths were being pre- pared to be shipped off to South Africa to settle the Boer difficulty, little thinking that this is a very important subject in the code of education con- nected with the intermediate schools. MUBSHLS.—As the close time for taking mussels expires in this district at the end of the present month, Capt. Pritchard, Pwllheli, and Mr Edward Davies, Aberdovey, bailiffs for the Western Sea Fisheries Committee-the former for the central district and the latter for the southern district— have arranged to have the beds, which by that time will have been well cleared, restocked early in March with young mussels, which by being re- moved then will be ready for gathering next winter, The musslers omitting this duty last year. it has told on the quantity that was shipped to the English markets this present season. DR. BARNARDO'S HOMES.—On Friday afternoon, at Christ Church Schoolroom, a sale of 'work was held, promoted by the children of the Young Helpers' League, the proceeds going towards the support of the above homes. The amount realised exceeded ten pounds. The young girls, who are mostly pupils at the county school, with the assist- ance of Miss Owen, the mistress, have been for some time busy with their tiny fingers preparing 1 9 for the sale. The articles exhibited comprised various useful garments, and therefore commanded a quick sale. This is not the first donation that has been sent from Barmouth by the young helpers, the league having been formed soon after the school was opened. BALL.—The annual dance in aid of the Arthog Home for Waifs and Strays was given at the Masonic Hall on Thursday, 1st inst. It turned out to be a brilliant success. By means of this healthy and innocent pastime the heart of many a little one is yearly gladdened for with the proceeds which amount to about £12 or P,13 every year, articles of under clothing, boots, and other necessities are bought for the boys. These entertainments are regularly arranged at no small trouble by Mr and Mrs D. E. Davies, whose kindness towards these little boys deserves great praise. So prejudiced are some narrow-minded people against the fine art of dancing by means of which so many thous- ands of pounds are collected these days towards the deserving Soldiers' Funds and other charities, that when one man was asked to bay a ticket he shut his eyes in holy indignation and turned his back in horror so as not to see the ticket, while another who was in full sympathy with the good cause, paid the price for the ticket, while he shrank from touching it. If these actions arc in accord- ance with the dictates of conscience we respect them. Mr E. M. Evans, and Mr Humphrey Lewis sang during the intervals while the Misses Davies presided at the piano. The only drawback of a most pleasant evening was the inadequate ac- commodation. THB BMT. Z. MATHER OK THE W AR.- On Sunday evening, at the English Congregational Church, Barmouth, the Rev. Z. Mather (pastor), referring to the war in South Africa, said the reward of unrighteousness would never truly enrich individuals or nations. All the gold mines of South Africa would be a poor compensation to this country for what it had lost by going to war with the Transvaal. If it had not been for the discovery of gold in that country there would have been no war. What were our brave soldiers fighting for then! Was it for gold, the reward of unrighteous- ness t What were the Boers fighting for? Who were fighting for freedom and righteousness ? The time would come when the whole question would be considered deliberately, fairly, and impartially, when it would be seen who were in the right. How true were the words of the Bible that the root of all evil was the love of money In showing that trade and politics should be governed by the principles of Chrisianity, the preacher said that in some of the old towns of Europa a cross used to stand in the market, to teach the buyers and sellers that business bad to be transacted in the spirit of the Son of God, and in accordance with the noble principles He taught. Had there been a cross in the House of Commons and in the Legis- lative Chamber in Pretoria, and had its truths and principles been acted upon, the unnecessary, unjust, and murderous war which was raging in South Africa would have been impossible. Those who believed in Christianity could not believe in war, and if it could be proved that it favoured war he (the Rev.. Z. Mather) would nevell enter that or any other pulpit t* preach the gospel. It was a mystery to him how messengers of the Prince of Peace eould speak in favour of war, and pray God to prosper men in the awful work of slaughtering their fellow-men. Since the commencement of the war, the Rev. 2L Mather has fearlessly condemned it as being unnecessary and unjust, having regard to Mr Chamberlain's admission that the Transvaal bad conceded nine-tenths of the British demands. TENNIS CLUB.—The young people of Barmouth have decided to re-start this club in a more flour- ishing way than ever for the coming season. The reason, for the apparent failure of the club last year was that the committee did not bestir itself in good time to put the ground in order. Benefiting by ex- perience the energetic officers for the present year have decided to have the ground properly enclosed and relaid in the course of this month. Great praise is due to the Rev. Gwynoro and Mr. D. E. Davies (who have the good of the town at heart), for supplying the nets, &c., so as to establish a club, and thus meet the demand of a large number of visitors. As our town depends to some extent upon the influx of visitors in the season-it is the bounden duty of all hotel and lodging house keepers to encourage and support the Golf, Cricket, and Tennis Clubs. We have no sympathy with those prophets of evil," who are already fore- casting a bad season, but whose names are conspicuous by their absence from any list of subscriptions for doing something to induce visitors here, and to keep the town abreast with rival watering places along the coast. Under the management of the present offirers the Tennis Club will, undoubtedly, be an unqualified success. The officers are captain, Mr. T. A. Bull; vice- captain, Mr. W. O. Gale; treasurer, Miss Polly Jones; secretary, Mrs. Williams, Police Station; working committee. Miss Owen. Eronyfcel; Miss Evans, 2, Porkington-terrace; Miss Evans, 11, Porkington-terrace; MissCassie Jones,Board School: Miss Jenny Richard, Talydon; Miss Winchester, Miss L. A. Ellis, Rev. Gwynoro Davies, Mr. D. E. Davies, Mr. J M. Edwards, B.A., and Mr. J. Thomas, C.M. At a meeting held last Friday, Mr. W. O. Gale in the chair, the following six young gentlemen were elected as Ground Management Committee, Mr. J. E. Storey, Mr. Stronger, Mr. W. Griffiths, Mr. J. Williams. Mr. George, and Mr. D. Davies. It is to be hoped that a large member of young people will join, and that all classes who wish the town success will give them every support. NURSING ASSOCIATION.—On Thursday last, a meeting was held at the Board School, presided over by Dr. D. A. Hughes, of the Barmouth, Dyffryn and District, Nursing Association. Among others who were present we noticed Mrs. Prys Owen (president), Miss Blanche Atkinson (secret- ary) Mrs. Williams, Glantraeth; Mrs. Jones, Lion Hotel Mrs. Evans, Talarfor; Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Owen, Plascanol; Dr. and Mrs. J. O. Williams, Mrs Lloyd, Cumberland House; Miss Jones, Lion Hotel: Miss Williams, Glant raeth Rev. E. Hughes, rector Mr. H. Evans, 2, Porkington terrace; Mr. H. Wynne Williams, Mr. O. Williams, Glannargau; Mr. Hewins, Mr. J. Davies, Mr. J. Jones, Brynteg. In his opening remarks the President said that this was the third public meeting they had held in connection with this excellent institution. He ad- mitted that when Mrs. Holland called with him three years ago for his co-operation in establishing a branch at Barmouth, he spoke dipairingly of the project, as his past experience of nurses had not been of the most favourable kind. By now, how- ever, he was thoroughly convinced of the blessings derived by the people of Barmouth and neighbour- hood by the advent among them of Nurse Jon than whom a more careful, gentle, and conscien- cious nurse he never met. The Chairman then called upon the Hon. Secretary, Miss Atkinson, to read the report for 1899, which was as follows:- The work of this Nursing Association has been carried on very satisfactorily this year. The great benefit of the Sick Poor of being a:jle to secure the services of a trained Nurse who lives among them and is known to them, is more and more appreciated as time goes on. This is proved by the increased number of patients visited during the last 12 months and also by the increased collections made in the various Places of Worship for the District Nurse Fund. To help the Nurse's work (which is often very fatiguing owing to the distances she has to travel) the Committee bought a bicycle for her use last September. Unfortunately Nurse Jones met with a serious accident while returning on her bicycle from visiting a patient in October last, and has not yet fully recovered. The Nursing work, however, was not interrupted for more than a day, and a fully qualified Queen's Nurse was at once recommended to the Committee by Miss Peter. Head of the Jubilee Institute. Nurse Butler worked in the District for two months with skill and efficiency-and it was hoped that she would remain until Nurse Jones was able to resume her duties. But having been offered a permanent post, she was obliged to leave on January 1st.; and there is ->1- '1" reason to fear that no temporary substitute can be procured, a.; „II are engaged. The Ctm- rnittee is, i-, » ;ry effort, to find rnittee is, i-, » • ■ ;ry effort, to find The members of the Committee desire-on their behalf and that of Nurse Jones—to express their gratitude for the great kindness which was shown, by all classes, to Nurse Jones at the time of her accident. It 3 pleasant proof of the affection ana esteem wnicti she has won bv her conscientious and devoted work among us for the last three years; and the people *>f Barmouth and D\ ffryn no than the CUllilliittee- will welcome I her return to the district at- tbe beginning of February, if it is then possible' for her to take up her worki The number of new cases during the year has been 104, and of visits paid 1,810 There have been many serious cases demanding great at- tention. One patient alone was on the books 26 days, and was vitlied 55 times. There have been three cases of e laryngitis, two of phthisis, three of rheumatic fever, and two of pneumonia. The Inspector from the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute has visitea the district twice in the last twelve months, and. reported that the work was quite satisfactory. Un receiving a medical cer- tificate stating that Nurse Jcnes was unable to continue her work, the Council of the Jubilee Institute generously mttde her a grant from the slck tund, thus relieving the Committee trom the expense of paying' Nurse Jones' salary for the months of November and December, as well as the salary of the N uxse engaged as her substitute. As will be seen by the balance sheet, the Association continues to be liberally supported: and as the Committee has been obliged to incur many extra expenses this year, it is hoped that the subscrip- tions for next year will show no falling off.-The following very favourable balance-sheet shows thai there was at the end of the year £ 29 17s lid to the credit of the Association, besides a deposit note of £ 50, which was really put aside in case of an emergency.—On the proposition of Rev. E. Hughes, seconded by Mr Hugh Evans, the officers for the previous year were re-elected as follows President, Mrs Prys Owen; vice-president, Mr J. Morris, J.P.; hon. treasurer, Mrs Talbot hon. secretary, Miss Blanche Atkinson. The following constitute the Committee: Mrs Blakev, MKs Prys Owen, Glanafon, Mrs Evans. Talarfor, Mrs Hugh Evans, Mrs Griffith, Broneirian, Mrs Jones, Lion Hotel, Mrs Jones. Pentremawr. Mrs Owen, Plas- canol, Miss Johnson. Mrs Williams, Dr. D. A. Hughes, Dr. H. J. Lloyd, and Dr. Chas. Williams. —The Rector, in proposing a vote of thanks to the othcers and committee, spoke in the most eulogis- tic terms of the energy and attention that had been shown in the past, and impressed upon them and the public in general the obligation of being faith- ful and true to this form of charity, and he very much hoped that the number of subscribers would increase this year.—The President, Mrs Prvs Owen, said that the people of Dyffryn appreciated the services of the iiurse so much that they had doubled their subscription last year. Barmouth pars BILLIARDS.—The return match between Bar- mouth and Towyn was played at the Criterion Hotel on Wednesday last, when the" home team proved their superior skill over the visitors by 96 points. The Towynites had been previously beaten at the Corbet Hotel. To retrieve that defeat they had brought with them Mr Lindner, a champion ama- teur from England, and though he played a magnificent game—beating his opponent. Mr Wadham, by 101 points-it availed them nothing in the long run, as the homesters were too strong for them. PROMOTION.—While rejoicing at the splendid promotion which has fallen to the lot of our respected townsman, Sergt. W. R. Williams, we cannot help regretting his departure from amongst us. To be promoted from being a sergeant in the Merionethshire force to be the deputy-chief of Montgomeryshire speaks volumes as to the high esteem in which he is held by those in authority in both counties. Mr and Mrs Williams have closely identified themselves with different charitable and other movements in the town. Among other things, Mrs Williams i? the hon. secretary for the Tennis Club and the Ladies'Branch of St John Ambulance, while Sergt. Williams is the hon. secretary of the Freemasons' Lodge. Perhaps the keenest loss will be felt by the members of Christ Church, where both were active and useful members.
CORRIS. BEGGING.—On Friday last, at the Police Court, Corris, James Macdermot, of no fixed abode, was brought up in custody before Mr. H. Davies, charged with begging alms. P.C. Thomas Parry having given evidence, accused was sentenced to 14 days' hard labour. BIBLE SOCIETY.—The Corris Branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society held their annual meeting at Sniloh (W.) Chapel on Monday even- ing, The Sev D. Charles Edwards, M.A., Llanbedr, represented the Society, the Chairmau being Rev. Rhys Davies (Cong). Mr. H. Davies, J.P., Aber Corris, Treasurer, (in the absence of Mr. Lewis Jones, secretary, read a report of the Society at Corris which showed that the neighbourhood con- tributes liberally towards the Society. The attendance was meagre. FUNERAL.—On Thursday the funeral took place of Mr. Thomas Morgan, Esgergeiliog, at Rehoboth Churchyard, Corris. The deceased was well re- spected in the neighbourhood and his funeral was largely attended. 'The following took part:—Revs J. Roberts (C.M.) Corris; J. J. Evans (C.M.), Aber- llefenni; E. Ffoulkes Roberts (C.M.), Machynlleth E. Isaac (W.), Corris; Rhys Davies (Cong), Corris H. W. Parry (Cong), Aberllefenni, also Messrs John Evans, Esgaergeiliog, and D. Ifor Jones, Corris.
TOWYN. NEW SIDING.-—A new siding has now been com- pleted at the railway station for the convenience of traffic. WEDDING.—On Tuesday afternoon the marriage was solemnized at the Church, Caersws, between Mr. Bradley, Caersws (cellar-man with Spiers and Pond), and Miss Roberts, of the Railway Refresh- ment Rooms, Towyn. THE QUEEN'S SPEECH AND ADDRESS.—This was the subject for discussion at the last Literary and Debating Society held on Tuesday evening at Cad- van House. Several members of the Society took part in the discussion. BEGGING.—Robert Anthony was brought up at a special sitting of the Towyn Petty Sessions on Wednesday last, on the charge of begging alms. Evidence to support the charge was given by P.C. John Lloyd, and the man was committed to prison for a fortnight with hard labour. The presiding magistrate was Mr. H. Haydn Jones. FOOTBALL.—On Saturday last the town team played the Machynlleth first team at Machynlleth. The team was greatly weakened owing to two of their best players being away. The play was very rough throughout, with the result that Morris of the Machynlleth team had to be carried home, and another of the Towyn team received a severe kick in the eye. The game ended in a win for Mach- ynlleth by three goals to one. 1. O. G. T.—The usual weekly meeting of the Independent Order of Good Templars was held on Friday evening at the Congregational chapel under the presidency of Mr. Roberts, Rock View. There was a large number of members present. A paper was to be read by Miss Daniel, but she was pre- vented from being present owing to illness. A miscellaneous meeting was then held. Adresses on temperance were delivered by Messrs. J. Maethlon James, Abram Jones and David Davies. SHOOTING COMPETITION.—The weekly shooting competition in connection with the Towyn and Machynlleth Volunteer Corps was held on Saturday last at the former place. The silver spoon on this occasion wae won by Private Axe, there being eleven competitors. The competitions have assisted largely in improving the shooting standard of the two companies, and amongst those who have been successful on previous occasions are Sergeant- Instructor Litchfield, Towyn, who has secured four spoons, and Colour-Sergeant Edwards, who has won two spoons. BACK OKCE: MoRis.-Before starting for the Cape the four Towyn volunteers who are now under training at Brecon paid a visit to the town on Saturday last, and looked well in their khaki uniform. They were Corporal Evan Lewis Jones, Privates William Jones, John Morris, and Robert Richards. On Sunday evening a large number of friends and relatives assembled at the railway station to bid them farewell. The platform was crowded to its utmost, and about 60 friends accompanied them to Aberdovey to have the opportunity cf bidding them farewell. Their regiment will leave for the Cape on Saturday next. FALSE ALARMs.-Several false alarms are said to have been given in the town during the week. On Monday evening it was rumoured that Ladv- smith had been relieved. On Tuesday morning. a wedding party were leaving by train, and as usual the railwaymen showed great respect towards the party by placing fog-signals on the rails and whistling. Owing to the wedding being unknown to many, several of the inhabitants became alarmed and hurriedly proceeded to the station before making their grand toilette to enquire if Ladysmith had been relieved. So neuroiio we are becoming through this long suspense and anxiefy. PETTY SESSIONS The monthly sitting oi the Petty Sessions was held on Friday last at the Police Station, the presiding magistrates being Messrs. J. Hughes Jones, H. Haydn Jones, Marmaduke Lewis, and Chidlaw Roberts. There were six cases down for hearing, but none of these came before the magistrates. The first-an affiliation case- was adjourned at the request of the solicitors engaged by the respective parties. In the other cases the Corris Railway Company had taken out summonses against five persons for trespassing on their property, but a communication was read from the general manager, Mr. Dix, asking the Bench to allow the cases to be withdrawn, and this request was acceded to. J PROPOSED PRKSENTATION TO CAPTAIN IVIRKBY. Tlt.r, °f Persoos attended at the rs-o. e\cxiiiig villi the view of making a presentation to Captain Kirkbv. The chair was occupied by Mr. D. Gillart, and amongst those present were Messrs. H. H. Sbuker, Maethlon Rowlands, and SE-:AN; 1! Daniel. f"s Ud* beeu reported, Captain Kirkbv has been called out on active service at the Cape. He has been a member of the local volunteer corps for many yeaiN and h'1" !črp!)! j!,tere" -7, it. On -uonuay wees be proceeded to London to be examined, and returned on Monday last bavin* passed his medical examination. His friends wistieu. before his departure for the Cape, to make him a small present as a token of respect. Collec- tions were at once made among the gathering and over f'1^,was subscribed. Sergeant H. Daniel and Mr. W. Rowlands were appointed collectors.
BALA. LLAXYCIL AND BALA SCHOOL BOARD.-At a meeting of the Board held on Monday last, Dr Hughes presiding, reports were read from the heads of the different schools, te the effect that the eailcLen attendance was veriv low, owing to illness and other causes. 0 THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE KOTES.-At a meeting of the ^College Debating Society held on Friday^ Prof. Samuel J ones. B.A., in the chair, a lecture was delivered by the Rev. J. T. Job, Bethesda, on- •' Y Bardd Newydd." The lecture was thoroughly appreciated.-At the^ usual college meeting on Saturday morning, an interesting report was given of the Students' Missionary Conference held at London at the beginning of last month, by Messrs J. C. Rowlands, H. M. Roberts, E. L. Roberts, and .T. IV. Roberts, Liverpool.—The usual Students* Missionary Meeting was held on Monday. In the absence of the president the chair was taken by Mr. E. G. Jones. Mr. O. S Symond. B.A.. cave an excellent detailed report oi some of the topics of the Missionary Conference.—On Monday last, at 3 lUu.. an interesting function took place in the shape of presenting the Rev. H. E. Griihth, M.A., Oswes- try, late professor at the preparatory school, with a splendid illuminated address, contributed by students and friends, in recognition of his valuable services here.-IVe are glad to understand that Mr. H. H. Hughes, B.A.. has been unanimously invited to undertake the pastorate of the Penmachno C. M. Church, and that be has accepted the same. I OBITUARY. e regret to have to record the death or Mr. Robert Roberts, Tytandderwen, which took place at his residence, Tytandderwen, afore- said, on Sunday, the 21st January, at the age of 78 years. The deceased was formerly an active member of both the Board of Guardians and the Local Board at Bala, and was held in high esteem by ail with whom he came in contact. For many years he carried on business successfully as a builder in partnership with his son, Mr: R. W. Roberts, under the style of Robert Roberts &- Son," but latterly retirea to Tytandderwen, and the business i now carried on by his son, Mr. R. W. Roberts. The deceased left two sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. BOARD OF GCARDIASL-The members of the Board of Guardians met on Saturday last—Mr Evan Jones presiding. It was reported that during the past rortnight £ 40 15s 9d had been expended in the relief of 137 out-door paupers.—The Master reported that there were 22 inmates in the work- house last week.-In pursuance of notice. Mr L. J. Davies submitted for consideration the advisability of holding meetings monthly instead of fortnightly, and moved that the Board ascertain the views of Mr Bireham, of the Local Government Board, on the question.—Mr R. LI. Jones seconded, and the resolution was passed.—A vote of condolence was- passed with Mr Wm. Griffiths, district auditor, in the loss he had sustained through the death of his: wife. CONCERT.—On Thursday evening last a concert was held at the Victoria Hall, in aid of the funds of the Baptist Church. There was a good attend- ance. but illness accounted for the absence of many more. Mr. J. Parry, J.P., Glantegid. presided, and the following programme was well gone through:—Chorus, "Teilwng yw'r Oen," Juvenile Choir; .song, •' Tair mordaith," .1fr. J. C. Rowlands song, "Bwthynyramddifad," Miss M. E. Roberts; duet, "Flow gently Deva," Messrs George and Davies; song, Merch y melinydd," Miss Myfanwy J. Davies song, Y bugail." Mr. Rvland George duet, Corn y gad," Miss Hughes and Mr. Evan Lloyd; recitation, Mr. H. M.Roberts; song," Lawr i'r mor," Mr. Henry Davies (Abon) chorus, There's a friend for little children," Children's Choir duet, Gwys i'r gad," Messrs George and Davies; song. 0 Holy man of sorrows," Miss M. E. Roberts song, Y bachgen dewr," Mr. J. C. Rowlands; song, Mr. Henry Davies song, '• The sailor's grave," Mr. Ryland George. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—The Council met on Friday last, Mr. R. W. Roberts in the chair. Cheques were passed for £ 117 14s 6d, after pay- ment of which there would be an adverse balance at the bank of £ 116 16s 4d. The Assistant Clerk (Mr. Dakin) suomitted an estimate of the receipts and expenditure of the Council to the close of the financial year. With regard to cow- houses, dairies, &-c., the Sanitary Committee were of opinion that regulations should be drawn out for the confirmation of the Local Government Board. The Medical Officer of Health also stated that they must proceed with the matter.—The Council con- fided the drafting of the regulations to the com- mittee and the clerk.—In pursuance of notice, Mr. W. T. Jones proposed that the fair usually held June 3rd be this year held on the Saturday previous —Mr. H. LI. Davies, seconded.—This change, Mr. Jones said, was desirable because June 4th was this year a Bank Holiday (Whit Monday). The resolution was put to the meeting and declared carried. The Librarian reported that two books had been presented to the library by Mr. Corson. Funnel Hotel. The number oi books issued during January, was 303, this being 3r; more than the previous month —A letter from the Merioneth County Council, with copies of the resolutions passed by them with regard to the maintenance, &c., of main roods from and after the 1st April next, was read. It was resolved that the Clerk write to the other Urban District Councils interested to enquire what decision they 11<1\< come to in the matter,—It was resolved to call a public meeting of ratepayers before the end of this month to consider further the matter of electric lighting.
FESTINIOG. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting was held on Friday even- ing. Mr. W. Owen, presided. The Sewerage Committee reported that they had met twice to consider what steps could be taken to. secure the loan applied for to complete" schemes 1 and 2. It was decided to accede to the request of the Local Government Board concerning the treat- I ment of the sewage, and that the plans be altered accordingly The Health Committee submitted a report for the consideration of the Council, with their recom- mendations.—The Sanitary Inspector stated that he had a more favourable report than usual as. regards notifications of infectious diseases. There were 12 cases, against 20 the previous month, and 31 the corresponding month last year. These cases were notified by the following. medical finns- Roberts and Jones two, Evans and Jones nine, and W. Vaughan Roberts one. The Inspector bad in- spected 51 houses, and found them in a fairly good condition. Mr. E. P. Jones, the owner of the Diphwys estate, had been before the Committee, and had given his version of the sanitary condition of his property, and the Committee recommended that the member for the ward, with the officials, meet Mr. Jones on the spot.—The adoption of the report having been moved, Mr. Cadwaladr Roberts said the Health Committee were an odd lot. The Dipbwys estate had been reported upon, notice served on the owner, and proceedings had been ordered to be taken against him for not complying. \et they now heard of Mr. Jones having been before the committee and not before the magistrates- Why this favouritism? Why not act the same to the rich and the poor ?—The Chairman Do you propose anything ? Mr. C. Roberts Propose I What good would that be ? Act fair to all alike. and not change your resolutions to favour certain persons.—The Chairman I am personally respon- sible for stopping the legal proceedings, and the Council approved of my action. I did so in order ,P to deal with all alike. You are out of order if you are not proposing anything.—The report was then adopted. A letter was read from the clerk to the County Council as to entering into an agreement for main- taining the county roads in the d strict. The County Council offered for three years the yearly sum of El,220, payable quarterly. The Council agreed to enter into the proposed agreement.—A vote of condolence with ihe auditor on the death of his wife was passed.
Merioneth Police Promotions. This week a number of alterations have been PI.;jfi""l in U ? ^riocethshire police force. Sergt. Williams of Barmouth has been promoted superin- tendent and deputy chief constable for the county, and he is to be succeeded at Barmouth bv Sergt! Breeze, Dolgelley. Police Constable Owen, Dol- gelley, has been raised to the rank of sergeant, and will be stationed at Dolgelley.
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