-IIQI;, s, ARERysr\VY'flI TOWN COUNCIL. A meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council, acting also :« the Urban District Co.iucil for the borough, was udd on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Town Hall The Mayor (Aid. C. M. Williamsj occupied the chair, and the members present tverc Mr D. C. Roberts (ex-mayor), Aid T. Doughton, A' Peter Jones, Ald. W. H. Palmer, and Councillors R. J. Jones, T. E. Salmon, I. Hopkins, R. Peake, J. P. Thomas, Evan H. James. R Dmlght()!l, John Jenkins, G. Croydon Marks, and E. P. Wynne, with A. J. Hughes (town clerk), Rees Jones (borough surveyor), H. L. Evans (borough accountant), and C. Massey (assistant clerk). PROMENADE EXTENSION. A communication was read from Mr Mortimer Green, registrar of the University College, stating that the communication asking them to reconsider Clauses 2 and 3 in the joint committee's recom- mendations would be laid before a meeting of the College Council on the 23rd inst. A COMPLAINT. Mrs Phillips, 45, The Marine Terrace, wrote calling the Council's attention to the need of some arrangement being made to prevent the western side of the Cemetery being used as a vantage ground to view the numerous football matches which took place in the Vicarage Field. It was unseemly and distressing to her and her family to have the grave of the late Vicar disturbed, and she would suggest the desirability of extending the existing wall .along the western hedge, which would be a per- manent means of preventing what she complained of. The Mayor suggested that the letter be referred to the Public Works Committee, and that in the meantime the police be asked to look into the com- plaint. This suggestion was unanimously agreed to. SUMMER AMUSEMENTS. A letter was read from Mr. Harry Collins stating his attention had been called to a letter which Mr. Gilbert Rogers had sent to the Council. He begged to stat. that in advertising his entertainment he would do nothing hut what he had a perfect right to do. He also complained of the continuance of Mr. Rogers' annoyance toward him. APPLICATIONS. Mr. Morris Jones applied for a renewal of the ..ease of 37, High-street, and also for a grant of land to build a house in Rheidol-terrace. Both applications were referred to the Finance Committee. CHRYSANTHEMUM SOCIETY. The secretary of this society wrote asking for a little support towards the funds, and stating they would be thankful for a subscription or a cup. This was also referred to the Finance Committee. APPLICATION FOR LICENSE. Mr. W. H. Hollier applied for a license to keep carbide of calcium, but this was referred to the Public Works Committee, the inspector in the mean- time to prepare a report. OVERFLOW AT THE RESERVOIR. Mr. R. Peake asked the surveyor whether he could state the amount of water overflowing from the reservoir, at the present time, and what was the difference between the amount and that of the summer months. The Surveyor replied that he could not give the exact quantity. Just at present there was a good deal of waste owing to breakages, but he did not think there was any overflow. The overflow during the winter months was nearly double what it was in the summer, and all last summer without excep- tion there was some overflow every day. RENEWAL OF LEASES. The Finance Committee recommended renewal of leases to Messrs. Green and Colquhoun, Terrace- road Mr. William Morton, 42, Terrace-road; Mrs. Rea, 10, Portland-street; Miss Lewis, 12 and 14, Penmaesglas-road; Mr. Thomas Lloyd, 5, Poplar road; and Mr. Thomas Davies, 12, Thespian-street, on rateable value scales; and to Mr. Randolph Fear, 6, Terrace-road, and lr. Isaac Hopkins, South-road and Custom House-street, on site scales. Alderman Palmer moved that these be adopted, and Mr. J. Jenkins seconded. Mr. Isaac Hopkins proposed the suspension of the standing orders to consider these renewals, because he had seen in the papers that the committee were not agreed upon them, and he thought it was high time that they, as a Council, should go into the question of leases themselves. He thought they trusted too much to the Finance Committee, who did not know their own minds from one minute to another. The other day they passed it as a site, and now recommending it on rateable value scale. He thought it was time to that Committee altogether. The Mayor said lie did not see any occasion to suspend the standing orders. The matter was now before the Council, and open for any member to speak upon it. Mr. Hopkins But only once. If you suspend the standingNorders we can talk as much as we like (laughter)'. The Mayor said that was one objection he would have to the suspension of the standing orders. Mr. T. E. Salmon seconded Mr. Hopkins proposition. The Mayor, however, ruled it out of order. Alderman Peter Jones: And the suspension of the standing orders would not meet the intention the two gentlemen require. Mr. Salmon Mr. Peter Jones does not know what my intention is. I think i! is only fair that the whole Council should discuss the matter of 1 leases in a fair and impartial way. Mr. Hopkins enquired where the difference came in that Messrs Green and Colquhoun should be granted on rateable value scale and Mr. Fear on site scale. In both cases the property was demolished. Alderman Palmer and the Mayor explained that Mr. Fear was giving up five feet of his property, so that the road could be widened. Mr. D. C. Roberts, in moving an amendment, said he wished to say once and for all that he did not wish in any way to impart any question of personal feeling into the matter. He did not charge anyone with any unfairness or partiality. It was simply a question of difference of opinion between the Council, and there was no reason why they should not discuss it, in a fair and straight- forward manner. He would propose that these renewals be granted upon the terms already recommended by the Finance Committee to the Council on December 5th la; v. hVh were then referred back. Mr. Roberts thought that before they made so great a change as was recommended in the renewals before them that day they ought to give full notice. Especially < so also in these cases, because some of the applications had been made for three, four, or five months, and lie thought it would be very undesirable that they should change their mode of procedure with these. By adopting the recommendations before them that day, it seemed that they were very liable to do what would seem to some of these people unjust. It was not well that there should be any doubt as to the way in which the Council would deal with householders. He thought they should feel there was an amount of stability in their arrangement. His amendment would not debar them from altering their terms, but when they intended to alter them they should give sufficient notice, and not do anything in such a hurry a* was proposed that day. In reference to Mr. Fear's case he quite saw the reason for the difference. Mr R. Peake, in seconding the amendment, said his contention had been that as custodians of the public property, they should make the best of it. These recommendations before them that day had only been deferred at the December meeting for the purpose of showing the difference between the site and rateable value scales. He would be quite willing to have the whole question of leases put om the agenda for the next meeting, and that they should decide that after 12 months hence they treat every case on its own merit, and let intending purchasers of property know that tneir cases were not to be dealt with as previous cases. Mr R. Doughton spoke in support of the commit- tee's recommendations, and compared the cases of Mrs Clapperton and Mr Morton. Alderman Peter Jones, reply in I' "r Doughton, said in the case of Mr Morton his property was recently offered for sale and realised E600 on a 21 years' lease. Assuming that that property was in the hands of the Corporation at the present time, and they were to charge on the rateable value scale, the amount they would hh Mr Morton to pay for 75 years would be £353. Now, it seemed to him that there must be a great disparity indeed if a lease, with only 21 years' to run, offered by public auction, realised £600, and the able value icale of the Corporation would bp only 2353 for a 5 years' lease. Under these circumstances, could :Í.oe said that the terms they asked were unreason- aLa, in fact, it was about one-fourth what it ought to L, because if a 21 years' lease was worth £600, a 75 rears'lease ought to be worth £ 1,100. Now the aplication was to extend this lease of 21 years' to 75 )'\élrs'; therefore, they were asked to grant an extensin 0f 54 years, and the amount they asked for that Tas £1401 Mr. R. j Jones: That is according to rateable value. Mr. Hopkns: And You asl,, for that L140 now, J and not in 10 years to come. That makes a difference. Alderman Ptfer Jones said he thought he had made that deal It had been stated that they were setting up anew rule. He hardly thought that was the case after looking over their records, because they would find in another street three instances where they had gone on rateable value scaic, although those premiiies: were altered as really to become new structures. If they granted these on site seal* those people who .t,f;.u.c. I. had already been granted on rateable value scale won1..1 have a serious grievance against the Council. D C.Roberts: Will you name three cases 1 Alderman Jones: The terms in the case of Mr. Gibson, the case of Mrs. Clapperton, and Briton Cottage. Mr. Jones added that the point at issue seemed to be when these terms should come into force. Mr. G. Croydon Marks said if any alteration was to be made, as it certainly ought to be made, it I iihon.w i.ot be made to tax those who had been spending a little money in getting ready for the extension, but they should deal with everyone who made fresh application. It should also be under- st ood hat everyone who came before the Council in future could not take it as a certainty that they would get what their neighbours next to them had. That being so he was strongly of opinion that the amendment was a proper thing for the Council to follow. Mr. R. J. Jones thought that the matter should be referred again to the Finance Committee for further consideration and report. He found there was great difference between one recommendation and another. For instance, be found with regard to Mr. Randolph Fear they had allowed him com- pensation for the five feet they were going to take away. He found that a poor workman irorn Poplar- row also applied, and they took away five feet,but did not give him any compensation, although it would be on the rateable value. He thought that was sufficient ground to entitle the Council to refer this matter back to the Committee. They had also heard of Mrs. Clapperton's case, and it would be hardly fair to make a difference between that and Mr. Morton's case. Mr. Peake: Mrs. Clapperton's house was not demolished. The Mayor: It was demolished. Mr. Peake I am sorry to contradict you, sir. The Mayor I take it on Mr. Peake's own state- ment at the Public Works Committee, that it was pulled down to the first floor. Mr R. J. Jones also said that he thought they should have a kind of sliding scale for the different streets, and moved as a further amendment that the whole of the report be referred back to the Finance Committee for their consideration and report. Mr. T. E. Salmon said if they took Terrace-road —which Alderman Jones bad quoted—from the Waterloo Hotel right down to the Terminus Hotel, they would find almost all granted on site scale Mr. Salmon also referred to the effect which the committee's recommendations would have upon houses in Poplar-row, which was at present in a dilapidated and disgraceful state, and where it was necessary the owners should be encouraged to renew. Mr. I. Hopkins spoke of the great trouble which always arose in connection with these leases, and thought the matter should be settled once for all, and that the Town Clerk, Accountant, and Sur- veyor should have power to arrange all these matters. Mr. Fear, he pointed out, was treated tin a site scale, while the others were not It was said that he had given up five feet, but they made an allowance for that. He supported Mr. Roberts' amendment, and wished he had 12 votes to give to it so as to have it carried. Alderman T. Doughton said he saw an unfairness that there should be any alteration of terms without giving six months' notice. Mr. E. H. James thought they were bound to stick to the site scale in these cases. The Mayor said had he been present at the last meeting of the Finance Committee he would have gone in for a revision of the scale of charges rather than adopt these applications. He felt that the whole question should be referred back. Mr. D. C. Roberts But it would not apply to these? The Mayor said it would apply to all cases before them. Each case should be taken on its merits, and he would ask were they acting fair and just in granting renewals of leases at much less than half their value. They could take the case of Mrs. Rea for instance, who paid £450 for a 21 years' lease, while the fine they asked now for extending that by 54 years was only £92. Miss Lewis' two cottages had a frontage of 18 feet each, and they were extending her lease by nearly 62 years, and all the fine they asked for on rateable value was £72. and in Thomas Lloyd's case it was Z72, and Thomas Davies' case £75. And was that a fair and just amount for the Corporation to receive for 54 years, whereas the property fetched for 21 years £600. The Mayor then seconded Mr. R. J. Jones' amendment, remarking that the com- mittee's report was incomplete, inasmuch as it should have considered the site scale as well. The matter was then put to the vote, when there voted for Mr. R. J. Jones' amendment, Messrs. T. E. Salmon, Peter Jones, W. H. Palmer, T. Doughton, R. Doughton, J. Jenkins, and the proposer and seconder; for Mr. Roberts' amendment, Messrs. J. P. Thomas. I. Hopkins. G. C. Marks, R. Peake, E. P. Wynne, and the proposer. Mr. Jones' amendment was declared carried by eight votes to six, and the whole of the committee's recommenda- tious consequently were referred back. GRANT OF LAND. Mr. D. C. Roberts moved that the Mayor be authorised to affix the corporate seal to an agree- ment for a lease of a piece of land situate in South- road to Mr. Lewis Bearne at annual rent of £13 8s. Mr. Hopkins rose an objection to that on the ground that he had a corner in the same street and they charged him £5 Is Od, while in this case, with a larger piece of land and two corners, they charged £ 13 8s. Was that fair? Alderman Peter Jones: That is holi pwnc" (laughter). Mr. Hopkins: It is 1-boli pwnc" and fairplay. rou have either charged me too much or Mr. Bearne too little. Mr. Hopkins proposed that the matter be referred back, but there was no seconder, and the recommendation was agreed to. ALTERATIONS TO TOWN HALL. The proposals of the County Council with refer- ence to the alterations to the south wing of the Town Hall were submitted to the meeting, and the Mayor suggested that they be considered in com- ,g mittee. Mr. Hopkins proposed that it be considered in public, as they should not carry anything on behind the scenes. Alderman Peter Jones proposed, and Mr. E. H. James seconded, that the matter be taken in com- mittee, and this was carried, it being stated that the Press would be informed of any decisions arrived at. We have since been informed that the Council accepted the terms offered by the County Council, particulars of which will be found in our report of Lhe meeting of that body, published in another column. MEDICAL •FFICER'S ANNUAL REPORT. The annual report of the Medical Officer (Dr. Abraham Thomas) was submitted, and was as follows -1 Gentlemen,—I beg to present to you my annual report as medical officer of health to the Aberyst- wyth Urban District Council. No great scheme of sanitary reform was effected during the year, yet the work of sanitary inspection was carried out in a far more systematic manner than in previous years. There has been, however, a growing con- sensus of public opinion in the town concerning the necessity of carrying out several important measures essential to the property of the town as a first-class health resort. These measures include -The extension of the Promenade round the Castle point; the erection of workmen's dwellings the extension of the main sewer; the erection of an isolation hospital; the completion of the paving of the streets and courts of the town; the exten- sion of the borough; and the erection of a new Town Hall. Further reference will be made to these matters in the course of this report. The sanitary inspection of the town Early in the year Mr James Evans was appointed inspector of nuis- ances. He has discharged his duties in such an efficient manner as to be re-appointed by the Cor- poration for a period of three years, subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Local Government Board. During the year lie has, in conjunction with myself, made systematic house-to house inspection of the houses in the streets and courts of the borough; also alone he has carried out similar inspections in addition to numerous visits of surprise and special visits to certain dwellings. These systematic inspections also in- clude visits to all the stables within the borough, numbering 73 in all; cowsheds, 18 in number; 21 bakehouses, as well as to 55 workshops. As a result of these inspections, Mr Evans has issued 354 notices, a marked increase as compared with the year 1898, when 110 only were issued. The following is a summary of the notices served by the Inspector: Re foul and defective drains, 96; to re-set drain traps, 63; re removal of manure and rubbish heaps, 73; re new fittings to water closets, 62 to pave yards and stables, to limewash yards, 8; to reduce overcrowd- ing in houses, 6; re new drains in stables, 3 re lemoval of carcases, 3; re removal of swine, 2; re houses unfit for human habitation, 2, total 354. houses unfit for human habitation, 2, total 354. The Inspector evinced a thorough knowledge of his duties and kept his books in splendid order and presented a monthly report to the Sanitary Com- mittee, from which body he has received instruc- tions from time to time. The fact Lhat all the above-mentioned notices were followed up and seen to be complied with is a valuable testimony to the energy, firmness, and tact displayed by the Sanitary Inspector in carrying out the duties of the appoint- ment, and the Sanitary Authority has, as already mentioned, paid him the compliment of re-appoint- ment. Towards the end of the year the Inspector's attention was drawn to the defective eaves trough- ing: in the town and he was requested te take action to remedy the same. The drainage: The subject of better ventilation of the drains was I taken up in the year 1896. Each successive year since then has witnessed the erection of new shafts and manholes. During last year manholes have been erected in Victoria-terrace, Queen's-road, and Railway-terrace. The sewers have been cleansed and flushcd periodically. Disinfectants were placed in the flushing vans which have proved of great service during the summer months. The need of extension of the main sewer.to a point mid- stream at the junction of the two rivers, near the mouth of the harbour, is now generally admitted. The following resolutions were passed al Lile Council meeting held on January 9th, 1900 :—(a) Main sewer: The plans prepared by the Borough Surveyor for the extension of the main sewer were approved of, (b) The Town Clerk was instr'i'ed to communicate with the Local Government Board forthwith with a view to expediting the holding of a public inquiry in the matter of the application for the consent of the Local Government Board to the borrowing of Z2,900 for the carrying out of the extension of the main sewer. The water supply: The town is to be congratulated upon the excellent quality and abundant quantity of its water supply which is obtained from a lake 800 feet below the summit of Plynlinjmon. The lake is about four- teen acres in area and of available depth of twenty feet of water, its storage capacity being about 76,230,000 gallons, equal at least to a five months' supply. The quantity passing daily into the service reservoir is estimated at fifty gallons per head for a population of 8,500. The reservoir was twice cleaned out during the year. The paving of the streets and courts of the town: Not much pro- gress was made with this matter last year, but steps are being taken to bring about the pavement of a few streets under the Private Streets Act. With regard to the others, the Surveyor has been instructed to prepare a list, plans, and estimated cost. The streets are well lit up, partly by gas and partly by electricity. Additional gas lights were placed in various parts of the town during the year, and the main was extended to Penyparke and to the Rofawr. The collection and disposal of house refuse: From all parts of the town the refuse is collected at least once a week, some parts twice, while from the principal hotels and lodging houses it is collected daily. A daily collection is also made from the premises of fishmongers and fruiterers and twice daily in the summer months. The refuse is conveyed as in the previous years on to a piece of waste land situated between the Cam- brian Railway and the river Rheidol. Each load of refuse is covered over with lime and afterwards with soil. As long as this method is thoroughly carried out, it will meet with the present require- ments of the town. The common lodging houses were periodically inspected. They have been well kept and were whitewashed in the months of March and October. The Meat Market: I have paid visits from time to time to the Meat Market. It has been well managed. The quality of the meat offered for sale there has been good. The Slaughter House was kept clean, but the chcquered flooring bricks are getting broken and worn in places and require replacement by others. If the walls were paved with Staffordshire tiles, a marked improve- ment would be effected, and they could be easily washed down and kept clean. The extension of the borough The present area of the borough is still 857 acres. Numerous|residential villas have of late years been built just beyond the confines of the borough. Several of them drain into the town sewers and are supplied with water from the town mains. Their occupiers practically Teap all the advantages that they would have if they lived within the borough, and that without contributing their quota towards the borough rates. The Mayor, as chairman of the Finance Committee, has taken considerable interest in this subject, and it would therefore be a compliment to him if the extension of the borough was carried out during his term of office. The infectious diseases A weekly return of the infectious diseases has been sent without omission through the year to the Local Govern- ment Board. The total number of all cases notified to me during the year was 42, as compared with 43 in 1898; 11 in 1897, and 28 in 1896. Of the 42 cases notified, 2 were mild cases of idiopathic facial erysipelas. Both patients made good recoveries. Two persons were attacked with diphtheria, one of whom most probably contracted the disease at Cardiff. The other patient lived in Penyparke,and no definite clue was obtained as to its origin. Both happily recovered With regard to the last-mentioned case, im- mediately on receipt of notification I took steps to control the sale of milk from the infected house- bold. This was successfully done and the fever prevented from spreading. The premises were freely supplied with disinfectants by the Inspector and afterwards freely fumigated with sulphurous acid. The remaining thirty-eight cases were all notified as scarlet fever, the majority being more or less directly due to the continuation of the epidemic, which was raging at the end of the previous year (1898), when it will be remembered that thirty-eight cases were notified from October to the end of December of that year, and it was deemed necessary to close the elementary schools for a period of three weeks from the 15th of December, 1898. The schools were thoroughly fumigated in January, 1899, and the epidemic apparently seemed for the time to have subsided. But before the end of the first quarter of the year, fifteen fresh cases were notified and another fifteen occurred in the second quarter, seven cases were notified in the third quarter, and one only in the fourth. In four households, three inmates were attacked with the fever, while in four other house- holds two children were attacked. The remaining eighteen households had one case eich of fever. A case was discovered at Penyranchor, Trefechan. On investigation, this was traced to infection from the maid, who was actually freely desquamating at the time and who, despite my warnings, conveyed milk to three households, members of two of which became infected with the disease. Steps were taken by the Sanitary Authority to prosecute the milk vendor, and a fine of one pound and costs was inflicted by the magistrates. The milk supply had no further connection either direct or indirect with regard to the spread of the epidemic. One case that occurred during the summer season on 1 he Marine-terrace was directly traced to a visit from a friend who was disquamating at the time of her visit. But the great majority, as already men- tioned, had a more or less direct relation with the epidemic of the previous year, as several of the patients attacked lived in premises adjoining or nearly adjoining houses infected in the previous years. Several of the cases were so mild that no medical attendance was required and the patients, although in a state of disquamation, were freely mixing with other children, the result being that the fever was not freely got under until the middle of the summer, One child who was attacked with the fever in October, 1898, had an equally severe attack in August, 1899. The measures taken by the Sanitary Authority to prevent the spread of the disease: The infected members as well as all the other inmates of the infected households were excluded from attendance at the schools. Informa- tion of the notification of each case was given to the masters of the schools and to the Attendance Officer from whom information of absentees through illness was obtained during the course of the epidemic. His knowledge enabled the Sanitary Inspector and myself to trace several mild cases which otherwise would have escaped attention. The Inspector supplied disinfectants freely to each infected household while the fever ran its course, and at the termination of the illness, he freely fumigated the rooms with sulphurous acid fumes- In my last annual report, 1 drew the attention of the Council to the inadequacy of this method of disinfection and considered it the imperative duty of the Sanitary Authority to provide some form of steam disinfector for the thorough disinfection of all moveable textile materials, such as blankets and other woollen materials, beds, mattresses, curtains, hangings, carpets, etc. Another equally imperative duty of the Sanitary Authority is the provision of hospital accommodation for infectious diseases. Such hospital provision is essential for the prevention of the spread of the infectious disease and is of vital interest to Aberystwyth as a health resort and educational centre. The Local Government Board through their inspector, Dr. Reece, as far back as the year 1893, strongly urged the Sanitary Authority to provide sufficient and proper hospital accommodation to include :—(a) A properly equipped laundry (b) a mortuary: (c) a disinfecting apparatus suitable for the efficient dis- infecting of infected bedding, etc. Having annually drawn the attention of the Council to these recom- mendations, I am pleased to find that the Council have at last, at a meeting held on January 9th, 1900, unanimously passed a resolution as to the advisability of erecting an isolation hospital for the borough, with a recommendation that the Public Works Committee be asked to consider the question of a suitable site and present a report thereon to the Council at an early date." I trust this formal start will be steadily followed up and that the matter will receive the attention it deserves, so as to have all the plans and informa- tion ready for the holding of a public inquiry this year. The vital statistics for the year are as follows :-The number of the births registered was 155 (83 males and 72 females), giving an annual birth-rate 231 per 1.000 on the old census (1891) figures of o,695, or 19-5 per 1,000 on a population of 8,500 (allowing for visitors). The number of 155 is 28 less than that recorded in the year, 1898, the number then registered having totalled 183, and was the highest number of births registered in any one year at Aberystwyth. The numbers recorded in the previous six years were as follows:-183 in 1898; 178 in 1897; 170 in 1896; 138 in 1895; 158 in 1894; 123 in 1893. The number of deaths registered as having occurred within the borough during the year was 139, being 14 less than that recorded in the year 1898. The numbers recorded in the previous 6 years were 153 in 1898, 132 in 1897, 132 in 1896, 139 in 1895, 124 in 1894, 132 in 1893. The 139 deaths registered in 1899 would, if calculated upon an estimated popula- tion of 8,500 (allowing for visitors), yield an annual death-rate of 16'3 per 1,000, but 9,500 would pro- bably be none too large a figure to represent the I population of the town. If we include visitors on this basis, the death-rate would fall as low as 14'6 per 1,000. But 19 deaths occurred amongst visitors. This leaves 120 deaths to be accounted for amongst persons who were inhabitants. This number, calculated upon the 1897 census figures, viz., 7,971, would yield an annual death-raie of 15 per 1,000; but if calculated upon the 1891 census figures, viz., 6,695, it would yield an annual death- rate of 17 9 per 1,000. The average deathrate at Aberystwyth for the past 12 years has been 15 5 per 1,000. The number of the deaths at the different ages during 1899 was as follows :-Under 1 year, 27; over 1 year and under 5 years, 9; over 5 years and nnder 15, 3 over 15 years and under 25, 10; over 25 years and under 65, 58; over 65, 32; total, 139. The number of deaths amongst infants under a year old was 27. This represents a high infant mortality of 174-2 per 1,000 births, as compared with 114-7 per 1,000 in 1898; 157-3 in 1897; 153 in 1896. The high infant mortality is partly explained by several of the births having been premature ones and the infants were puny from birth. As many as 9 deaths occurred in infants of one month and under. Four others died at three months. Thus practically half of the deaths occurred amongst babes of three months and under. The deaths from the principal diseases were—18 from phthisis, 23 from bronchitis, pleurisy, and pneumonia, and 19 from heart disease. The zymotic diseases, which include small pox, measles, diarrhoea, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and fever," caused 5 deaths (1 from scarlet fever and 4 infants from diarrhoea), giving a zymotic deathrate of only '63 per 1,000 of the population, which is very satisfactory, and a high testimony to our claims as a health resort. As already men- tioned. there were 18 deaths from phthisis. This number includes 5 visitors who, on their arrival, were practically in the last stage of the disease. Thus, while the gross (residents and visitors) deathrate from this cause was 1-9 per 1,000 of the population, the rate for residents (the true one) was 1-63. -Neither figure is satisfactory, as most authorities consider tubercular affection pre- ventible and it cannot be made too public that this disease is frequently caused by conditions which are preventible and that pure air and dry soil are the important factors in preventing onset and arresting the progress of the disease. As we pride ourselves on the purity of our air and on our splendid water supply, it behoves us to pay more attention to providing better ventilation and access of light in all dwellings and workshops and in all places of public assembly. The clearance of crowded sites and reconstruction of insanitary house property is a matter of great importance in connection with the prevention of this terrible scourge. This policy of clearance of crowded sites and reconstruction of insanitary house property has been actively carried on within the borough for the past eight years, the Corporation only granting renewal of leases on condition that the necessary structural and sanitary alterations are complied with. This has resulted in the dis- appearance of a number of insanitary courts and alleys of the town, the widening of certain streets, and the erection of substantial houses which have markedly improved the aspect of those localities. The great defect of this important improvement scheme is the want of provision of workmen's dwellings in place of those demolished and which had been occupied by the working class. As a consea.'ence, there is a great scarcity of houses suitall- o the working men. This has necessi- tated o jrcrowding in other areas and as a result many families have to live in dwellings almost unfit for habitation and for which they have to pay exorbitant rents. To remedy this condition of things, the Corporation have applied for the sanction of the Local Government Board to a loan required for the purpose of providing 18 houses of a class suitable for working men. The application was made under the Houses of the Working Classes Act, 1890. The scheme is to provide 18 houses to be erected on freehold Corporation property situated in Smithfield-road, each house to have a frontage of 16 ft. 6 in., with a depth of 90 feet. There would be on the ground floor a parlour, sitting room, kitchen, and scullery, and on the first floor a couple of bedrooms. The amount the Corporation propose to borrow is iC3,000, which means Cl60 per house. The rental of each house is estimated at 5s. per week. Colonel Durnford, R.E., inspector of the Local Government Board, conducted a public enquiry concerning this ap- plication at the Town Hall on January 4th, 1900. In my opinion, one hundred such houses should be provided to meet the demands of the working men. The question of promenade extension and Castle Grounds protection was also considered by Colonel Durnford at the said inquiry. The Corporation sought power to borrow £ 12,723 for this purpose. This scheme is essential if the town is to hold its own as a leading health resort. The sea wall when constructed will afford protection to that popular resort, the Castle Grounds, from the destructive effects of the sea storms, and the extension of the promenade will relieve the unpleasant crowding which obtains during the height of the season, and which is the one objection invalids have to Aber- ystwyth, as well as connect the north with the south end of the town, and extend the sea front to a mile-and-a-quarter, affording a variety of aspects which is of great value to a health resort. The following meteorological observations testify to the claims of Aberystwyth as a desirable winter residence: The average daily temperature throughout the year was 51-2 degrees; the mean daily range, 10 5 degrees. The quality of tem- perature practically extends throughout the year, so that our winter temperature approaches that of the south coast health resorts, but without its relaxing effects, as the climate of Aberystwyth is dry and bracing. The following are the averages of the daily readings for the months of November and December, 1898, and of January and February, 1899, taken at 9 a.m. at Aberystwyth, Llandudno, Torquay, and Falmouth:- Mini- Maxi- u ury. mum. mum. Kange. aieau. Aberystwyth 45-9 41-6 50-4 8-8 460 Llandudno 45 4 40 5 50-4 99 45-4 Torquay 469 42-6 51-7 9'1 471 Falmouth 47-2 43*4 51-5 8-2 47-4 The total hours of bright sunshine recorded for the same four months were 260 hours at Aberystwyth, 278 at Llandudno, 257 at Torquay, 292 at Fal- mouth, so that for these four months Aberystwyth had three more hours of sunshine than Torquay. A similar result held good for the corresponding months of previous years. There were 1,666 hours and 30 minutes of bright sunshine recorded at Aberystwyth during the year 1899. The rainfall registered on the Castle Grounds amounted to 27 95 inches, whereas the gauge in my garden, in a more sheltered position, registered 36 35 inches. I beg to draw the attention of the Corporation to the desirability of developing the town as a winter resort. As stated, the climatic conditions are highly favourably, but to make the town attractive to visitors during the winter months it is necessary to lay out recreation grounds, to erect shelters, winter gardens, and te provide other attractions. The report tables A and B as required by the Local Government Board are also given, showing that the total number of deaths in the District Council area during 1899 was 139-132 being in the borough and seven at the Infirmay, while 19 deaths occurred within the district among persons not belonging thereto. Of the deaths 27 were under one year, nine between one and five, three between 5 and 15,10 between 15 and 25, 58 between 25 and under 65, and 35 from 65 upwards. The deaths were the result of the following complaints:— Scarlatina, 2; diarrhoea and dysentery, 8; rheu- matic fever, 10; phthisis, 41; bronchitis, pneumonia, and pleurisy, 49; heart disease, 6; injuries, 2; all other diseases, 138. The number of births registered during the year was 155. The population of the town to the middle of 1899 was estimated at 9.500.J
■_ ■ J. rfm LLANGORWEN. COMPETITIVE MEETING. A very successful competitive meeting was held at this place on the 16th inst. In the unavoidable absence of the Rev. G. Blackwell, Penrhyncoch, the Rev. W. Evans, vicar, presided, The adjudicators were--Music, Mr. Isaac Jones, Penllwyn; recitations, &c., Rev J. E. Lloyd, St. Mary's, Aberystwyth; accompanist, Mr. J. E. Jones (A.C.), Dole; treasurer, Mr. J. R. Hughes, Bow Street. Much praise is due to the Committee, Messrs. R. Davies, D. L. Edwards, Cross, Clarach, R. Hughes, with Mr. T. Rees Davies, Gilfach, as secretary, and also Mr. Evan Lewis, Bow Street, for erecting the stage. The following is a list of the successful coinpetitors: Music: children under 7,1 M. E. Richards, Peny- bont; 2 T. O. Lewis, Ffynonddu; children under 10, 1 E. A. Richards, Penybont; 2 J. A. Richards, Penybont; children under 14, 1 James Charles, renyooni; z w. B. inciwar(is, Uross, uiaracn. Recitations: children under 7, 1 M. E. Richards, Penybont; 2 Mary Jenkins, Cross, Clarach; children under 10,1 J. A. Richards: 2 divided be- tween E. H. Richards, John Jenkins, Cross, Clarach, James Harper, Cwm children under 14, 1 Blodwen Jones, Llainsiriol; 2 James Charles, Pen- ybont. Recitation (open), 1 J. R. Hughes, Bow Street 2 M. J. Davies, Cross, Clarach. Best essay, 1 J. R. Hughes, 2 Nathan which did not answer to his nom de plume. (This prize was given by Mr. John Griffiths, Bow Street). Cest letter, 1 J. R. Hughes; 2 Sarah Jenkins, Alltglais. Impromptu reading, 1 Mr. L. R. Lewis, Ffynonddu. Im- promptu speech, Miss E. A. James, Fron Issa. Dialogue, Mr. D. L. Edwards, Cross, Clarach, and Mr. John Edwards, Comminscoch. Impromptu solo, Mr. Tom James, Frondeg. Solo soprano, Miss Sarah Jenkins, Alltglais. Solo tenor, Mr. D. L. Edwards, Cross Clarach, and Mr. Tom James, Frondeg (equal). Solo bass, Mr. R. Thomas, Bow Street. Duett, Mr. D. L. Edwards and Hugh Owens, Rhydmeirionydd. Quartette, prize divided between Mr. T. James, Frondeg, and Mr. R. Davies, Cross, Clarach, parties. At the close Rev. W. Evans, vicar, proposed, and Mr. R. Davies, Cross, Clarach. seconded, a vote of thanks to the adjudi- cators and accompanist and this was carried unanimously.
BARMOUTH. FUNERAL.—The remains of the late Mrs. Griffith. Glynmaldon, Dolgelley, wife of Mr. William Griffith, solicitor, passed through this towu on Saturday afternoon for Llanaber churchyard, were she was buried, and where several of her h usband's ancestors have been interred. DAMAGES.—During the heavy storm and rain on Thursday, the newly erected gable end at Bryn- mynach Castle, which was ready for timbering, was blown down, causing some damage. Although it happened at mid-day, and several of the workpeople not far distant from the scene, all escaped being injured. In the evening of the same day, a high wall leading to Allt fawr Villa, the residence of Major Paget, gave way, when a large quantity of soil and trees that were veiy recently planted came down. Slates and chimney-pots were blown off several houses during the storm. PETTY SESSIONS.—The Monthly Sessions were held on Friday last at the Police Station, the presiding justices being Mr. Lewis Lewis, chairman, Mr. John Evans and Mr. Ellis Wilkin. An order for the payment of £3 7s. 6d. due as rates was made upon Philip Jones, tailor, the Arches.—J. H. Davies, carrier, summoned Roland Lewis, labourei, for breach of contract of service. The parties did not appear, and the case was struck out.—The Chairman congratulated Sergeant Williams upon his appoint- ment as Superintendent to the Montgomery Police Force, stating he had always been very courteous and straightforward and an efficient officer, and he wished him every success. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. — On Friday evening, February 16th, at the Assembly Room, a miscel- laneous entertainment was held in connection witt the annual distribution of prizes to the School Board children for good attendance. These enter. tainments are always very popular, and such was also the case on Friday evening, the large roon being well filled by the parents and admirers ot the scholars. Miss Atkinson, one of the members of the Board, distributed the prizes, which took the form of useful books suitable for children. Several of the children had attended regularly during the past year, but a large number had absented them- selves on several occasions; a fault which no doubt, to a great extent lays with the parents. The pro- gramme was a long one, and took over three hours to go through. Both the singing and recitations were very good, and the drilling manoevures the children went through were highly applauded by the audience. FREE CHURCHES COUNCIL.—The monthly meet- ing of the local committee was held on Wednesday afternoon, at the Vestry-room of the Weslcyan Chapel; the weather being extremely cold, several of the members did not put in an appearance. The most important item before the meeting was a resolution condemning the present Government for embarking on the Transvaal War, and coupling with it the name of the Colonial Secretary. The proposition, which was brought forward by the Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies, was lost, only four of the members voting in favour of it, viz., Rev. Gwynoro Davies, Mr. J. Adams, Mrs. Evans, and Mr. Mather, while six voted against, one or two of the members abstaining from voting, suggesting that the voice of the churches should first be had. It is to be hoped I that this suggestion will not be entertained, for should it be made a church matter it might cause much friction. Even amon?^ rhnrpH me^h^r; the war lever prevails to a great extent in our town (writes a Correspondent). TEA AND ENTEP.TilN-MEN-T.-On Wednesday, February 14th, a tea and entertainment were held in the English Congregational Schoolroom, Bar- mouth, the proceeds being toward the expense of widening the steps leading down to the schoolroom. The room had been prettily decorated for tb<> occasion under the superintendence of Miss Fear. About 200 sat down to tea, which was kindly provided by the following ladies :-frs. Milton Davies, Mrs. Z. Mather, Mrs. Thomas (Welsh Con- gregational Church), Mrs. J. Parrv (Marine Terrace). Miss Owens (County Scbool), Mrs. Man- field, Mrs. H. Button, Miss Griffith (Fronfelen), ulrs. Ellis Evans and Mrs. John Lloyd. Mr. John Dowse, a visitor from Birmingham, generously subscribed 10s., and Mr. Charles Gardener 2s. 6d.to the funds. Mrs. Robinson also gave all the butter. The entertainment consisted of music, recitations, &c., given principally by the children of the Sunday School, who had been trained by Mrs. Manfield. Miss Griffith presided at the piano. The following was the programme:—Toy bells ringing, choir; y I I address by Rev. Z. Mather; chorus, What can we do for Jesus, choir; recitation, "Peace," Mr. L. Lloyd; recitation," Papa's letter,' Jenny Evans; chorus, Sweetly come those strains," choir; recitation, '-Somebody's darling," G. Adams; chorus,'• Would you like to be a soldier," choir: piano solo, The mountain Bell." Jenny Evans; song, I'm a little busy bee," Annie Lloyd Welsh song by the children recitation, The last hymn,' A. J. Morgan song, Dearie," Miss Sarah Parry: recitation, Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do," Miss J. Jones; chorus, "Never forget the dear ones," choir; recitations, Madge Hughes and Polly Peters Dialogue, Boys and girls of other lands,' (in costume) recitation, Casabianca," J. Morgan chorus, The Echo," choir; dialogue, "Wanted a general servant; recitation, The fisherman's children," Miss Sarah Evans; chorus, The Light- house," choir; song by Mrs. Lewis hymn, God b with you." CONVERSAZIONE.—At the recent Converaziones held in aid of the Home for Waifs and Strays at Arthog, it is now announced that over R,12 was cleared, which is deemed highly satisfactory. The following ladies and 'gentlemen kindly lent their assistance towards this worthy objeyt :-Mr. J. uorsett, .MISS iowe, Coesiaen; Mrs. Owen, Hengwrtucha, The Dean of Bangor MiFe-arce, Penrallt, Mrs. Patchett, Mr. Richards, Pensarn; Mr. J. E. Davies, J.P., Mrs. Welby, Arthog, and Miss More, Harlech. ODDFELLOWS.—The eighth anniversary of the Order of Oddfellows was celebrated Oil Wednesday last, when a dinner was held at the Criterion Hotel. The surgeon of the lodge. Dr. Arthur Hughes, occupied the chair, and the vice-chairman was Mr R. Jones, North and South Wales Bank. There were nearly 60 persons present including members and non-members. The secretary (Mr. J. Jones, Brynteg) said that in every department of the lodge, there was an increase this year upon the previous year, and that 19 new members were enrolled during the year, which now numbered 36. The balance stands at present Z300 in favour of the Lodge. A Juvenile Lodge had also been formed during the year. The vice-chairman, in proposing the toast of The Army and Navy," made a patriotic speech, and referred to a letter which had been received from Colonel Price Jones, inviting them to form a volunteer corps at Bar- mouth, and as a result a public meeting was held last night (Wednesday) to discuss the matter. The following is the toast list and programme:—Pianist Mr. W. Williams. Toast-" Queen and Royal Family," president; song, Mr. J. W. Roberts; toast, Manchester Unity," Mr. Rowlands; toast, Army and Navy," vice-president; song. Mr. H. E. Williams toast, The Mawddach Lodge Mr. Watkin Owen; respond secretary recitation Yr Ond," Mr. Wm. Griffith; toast, "Honorary Members.' .Ir. G. Edwards; song, Mr. Hugh Davies; toast I airman and Vice-chairman," Mr. T. A. Bull; song, Mr. R. Ll. Williams; toast, The Guests," Mr. O. Williams; song, Mr. G. W. Price; toast, The Host and Hostess Mr. Phillip Jones; God Save the Queen," Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.' URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Tues- day, the Rev. J. Gwynoro Davies presiding. The other members present were:—Capt. Evan Richards, Messrs John Richards, D. E. Davies, Ed. Williams, Hugh Evans, 0 W. Morris, and William Owen, with the Clerk (Mr W. George), the assistant Clerk (Mr W. Jones), the Surveyor (Mr J. Adams), the Medical Officer (Dr. D. A. Hughes), and the Rate Collector (Mr David Owen).—The minutes of the last meeting and special meetings were read and confirmed.-A lengthy discussion ensued on a matter arising out of the minutes relating to per- sons using water for building purposes without the permission of the Council.—Mr D. E. Davies in- troduced the question, and remarked that the water supply was an important source of i evenue, to the Council. All the persons using water for building purposes should be charged, and the Surveyor should visit all buildings in course of construction, and see that the water used was paid for. He thought that steps should be taken to prevent usage of water without paying for the same.—The Surveyor said he had banded in a list of all per- sons who were using water for such a purpose.— Mr O. W. Morris thought it would be best to prose- cute all persons who used the water unpaid for.- The Chairman asked if the Council were ready to prosecute such persons.—The Clerk said the best plan would be to force them to pay for the water before hand, and in this the Chairman concurred. It was decided to adopt Mr. Morris' resolution, and to send notices to all those persons who had not paid for the water. and who were now building houses.—At a meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on February 15th, a communication was read from the Merioneth County Council as to the mode to be adopted for dealing with main roads in Urban Districts upon the termination of the present financial year. Letters were also read from the Urban Councils of Bala and Towyn asking what action the Council contemplated taking in the matter. The General Purposes Committee referred the whole matter to the Council for discussion that day. The Chairman said in his opinion the best plan would be to suggest a date, and invite representatives of the different Urban Councils of the county to discuss the matter. Mr. D. E. Davies proposed that day fortnight. Mr. H. Evans seconded. It was therefore passed that they write to the different Urban Councils inviting them to discuss the matter that day fortnight, at 12-30.-The Medical Officer's annual report was read. The town had been free from infectious diseases during the past year, with the exception of measles, which, however, was of a mild type, one death only being attributed to that cause. The health of the town has been very good. The Medical Officer commented on the present method of the disposal of refuse, which he thought was unsatisfactory, and the plan he advocated was to make a road from the Recreation Ground towards Llanaber, burying the refuse underneath it as they went along. This suggestion it was decided shonld be discussed in committee after the Council meeting. The deaths during the year numbered 36. the death rate being 14*4. The births numbered 39, the birch rate being 15'6. Ten infants died, making a death rate of 4 per 1,000. The death rate is 3 per 1,000 more than last year; but last year was exceptionally small. One death was due to drowning. The death rate can be favourably compared with any town in the kingdom. There was a plentiful and pure supply of water from Bodlvn. The Dr. also advocated the formation of a Fire Brigade in the town, or, better still, to cause fire plugs to be placed in convenient spots when the new pipes are laid. From a sanitary point of view the district has well sustained its reputation. The doctor's report was adopted, it being deemed highly satisfactory.—The Finance Committee's report was also read, and on the proposition of Mr D. E. Davies, seconded by Mr Edward Williams, it was adopted.—The Town Improvement Committee's report was not forthcoming, as not sufficient mem- bers had met to form a quorum.—The Surveyor's report was also read and adopted —The Collector reported that £66 4s 4d had been collected out of a total of E459 15s 5d. There was a balance iu hand from the last collection of £3 Is 6d. so that ) there was Z393 11s Id to be collected.-It was [ announced that the Local Government Board en- quiry into the subject of the proposed loans would be held Friday. The loans required by the Coun- i cil were for the extension, improvement, and drain- age of the Marine-parade, sewerage, and surface water drainage, and the extension of their public offices.-Mr O. W. Morris proposed that the Chair- man of the Council, and the Chairmen of the different Committees be appointed to represent the Council at the enquiry, which was passed.
PENLLWYN. LECTURE.—On Wednesday evening, February 14th, Philip Sydney" gave his lecture to the members of the Reading Room and others. The lecture was given in the new Vestry Room of the Chapel, which was fairly full. The chair was taken by the Rev. D. Morgan, and he introduced the kctu-" to the audience as a person that was well-known to them from his articles in the WELSH GAZETTE. The lecturer thereupon rose to »T>eak, and gave his list eners a very humorous and at the same time a very instructive address on his "Visit to the American Prairies." All his descriptions were vividly drawn, and were the means of conveying to the listeners mind a lasting picture of many ohjects in the new world. He con- gratulated the good people of Penilwvn on the Read- ing Room they had, and exhorted them to continue in their good work. A vote of thanks was proposed to the speaker by Mr. R. C. Adams, and seconded by Mr. J. Morris, who declared their thankfulness to him for his excellent address, and for his kindness in coming amongst them, and in giving his services > gratis.
ARTHOG. THF WET^.II ■■ Jones', Arthog. every Thursday. ~ul- wen A NEW BRANCH SCIIOOI-Orl Saturday after- commenced at ^;Z^.fun^y School was Junction, where a good number ittended ~"Um0U AT;1?!'rH—]Ve ^et to annoUV;e' the' death of Miss Laura Ann W imams, l nysgra;aa which took place on Saturday aftemrv.r,. pfr^r atn,;t Tline d severe illness. Deceaseu was a mVlest vomJ_ woman of an irreproachable character, incj 0f i esteem among her neighbours. The re^ai-nt. interred at Ganllwya Cemetery un 'i uev av antj l usance was great a good niIrnw of friends attended. "number PERSONAL.—We are pleased to learn tht ATr Thomas Lewis, jun., Glairy v. en, Arthog, ol the -rm of Messrs. W. Clibran and Sons. been appointed by Her Majesty's Commissioners v lor oads and Forests to continue the afforestation. --I. wnicn was commenced a few years ago under his supervision, of the crown lands in North Wales. And whilst we congratulate Mr. Lewis and his firm upon the appointment, he may also feel proud that the department i" showing so much public spirit in this much-needed public direction. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—On Wednesday, the Quarrymen's annual competitive meeting was held at the Board School, Mr. Grant (presiding), and Mr. William Williams (conducting). Prizes were taken as followsMufatees, Mrs. Jones, ilaiitlloii; solo for chiluren. Miss Sarah Thrower and Mary J. Davies (equal); stanza, Mr. John Jones, Tvnewydd. Islaw'rdref drawing. Rowland Jones, Ffriog; duet, Mrs. Jones, Sea View, and Mr. Lewis Davies, Brynmeurig; essav, Mr. Evan H. Jones, Altrincham; bass solo, 11r. Samuel Davies, Dyffryn; stanza in memory of the late Mr. Howell Jones. Glyn Myfyr, Ffestiniog: quartette, party from Barmouth cooking apron, Miss Mary Davies, Pantycae; verses in memory of the late Peter Evans, Glyn Fyfvr, Ffestiniog: solo for those who had not previously taken a prize, Mr. Francis Evans, Parmouth; tenor solo, Mr. Griffith Price, Barmouth choral competition, Barmouth Choir, conducted by Mr Griffith Griffiths, to whom the silver cup was awarded. The musical adjudicator was Mr. J. J. Thomas, -Talsaman, who performed his ta«k excellently. The school was well filled with a well conducted audience. Miss Blodwen Williams, Dolgelley, acted as accompanist.
BARMOUTH JUNCTION. AMBULANCE CLASS.—A grand supper was held by the above class. at Sea View, Vriog, on Friday evening, February 16th.. when the following members and friends were present: Dr. Hug hcA-, Sergeant Williams, Miss Griffiths, Barmouth t-Mrs. Llewelyn, Miss Roberts, Barmouth Junction. Master Robert Cotsworth. Mr. Lewis Davies, Mr. William Thomas, Mrs. Jones, Master and Miss Jones, Sea View P.C. Edwards. Mr. Morgan Williams. Mr. Edward Jones Meredith, Mr. Peter Meredith Jones, Mr. Owen Pughe, Mr. Hugh S. Lewis, Mr. J. Ingham Jones, Mr. C. Davies, Fairbourne; Mr. David J. Williams, Mr. Alfred A. Hange, and Mr. Humphrey Evans. After partaking of the good things pro- vided by the able hostess Mrs. Jones, the evening was ended with songs, recitations, &c. in the follow- ing order: Song by Mr. L. Davies. Presentation of silver cream jug and sugar basin to Dr. Hughes by Mr. Morgan Williams, who on rising said, it gave him great pleasure in being called upon to hand the presentation. The previous year they made a presentation to Dr Hughes of a silver teapot, and it was the doctor's wish, should he instruct the class another year, to be able to complete the set. He hoped the class would continue, and would be fortunate in securing Dr. Hughes as lecturer another year. Dr. Hughes rose and thanked the class for the present made him, and said, that he would treasure it all his life. He was proud of the Barmouth Junction class. and would do his best to actas lecturer another year,although his work at Bar- mouth was very heavy. Master and Miss Jones then gave a duett, after which the presentation of certifi- cates to the successful members was made. Sergt. Williams said it gave him great pleasure to distribute the certificates, and he hoped that each member would not stop at that, but continue for another year. Then followed a song by Mrs. Jones, and an address by Mr. Humphrey Evans, who as secretary of the class said he would like to point out that he did not think the members took the same amount of interest in the class this year as they did the year before. They did not in his opinion, work in union one with the other, not only in the class itself, but, in the business connected with the class, but he sincerely hoped, if they were to form another class, that things would alter for the better, and that each member would do his best to make everything a success, and not rely too much upon one person to do everything. He also would much like to see each member doing his best between now and that time in trying to induce others to join, not only for the sake of the class, but also for the good of the neighbourhood. He would also like to thank Dr. Hughes for the pains he had taken with the class, in which he was sure they would all join. He was sure that they were all very pleased to hear of Sergeant Williams' promotion, and all joined in wishing him every success. Although they had a very able instructor in the person of P.C. Edwards, they could not but recognise that Sergeant Williams had given them invaluable assistance in times past, and had also taken a great personal interest in the Barmouth Junction class. Lastly, he had been instructed by Dr. Hugh Jones, their examiner, to state on his behalf that be much regretted not being able to be present, and he would like them to be informed that he was very proud of this year's report, the papers were excellent, but he was sorry to say that the practical work was behind thereby showing that the class had not practised as they should have done. It was not for the want of knowledge,, but negligence on their part; they must not blame their instructor for this, as it was entirely their own fault. The speaker said he would like to thank their worthy examiner for his fairness and impartiality. He was sure that they .would all deeply sympathise with Dr H. Jones in the great loss he had sustained by the death of his father. Dr. E. Jones. Recitation by Mr. William Thomas; duett, Mrs. Jones and Mr. L Davies. Sergeant Williams said that he had been called upon to give an address, but that he had come quite unprepared for same, in fact, it was through Dr. Hughes' persuasion that he was present. He wished to thank all present for their good wishes to himself on his promotion he had for some time past taken great interest in ambulance work, and had often spoke of Barmouth Junctionclassas an example to other classes, and he wished it every success. He believed there had been some unpleasantness in the class, but failed to see why such should be the case, without unity they could not hope for success. It would really be impossible to obtain a better lecturer than Dr Hughes, as his work bad proved in all classes with which he was connected. They had also an excellent examiner in Dr Hugh Jones, and that they may .be sure be would not pass anyone, not even his best friends, as some had found to their cost, unless they were really proficient. They mbst bear in mind that each one must do his share of work in the class and nol rely too much upon the Secretary Song by Mr Humphrey Evans; song by P.C. Edwards; Sergeaat Williams proposed a vote of condolence with Dr. Hugh Jones on the death of his father, Dr Edwaflfl Jones, this was seconded by P.C. Edwards and carried in silence. A most enjoyable evening was ended by the singing of the Welsh National Anthem, Dr Hughes taking the solo.
BALA. PRESENTATION.—On Sunday afternoon last, at the National School, Miss Herbert Jones, Fron- dderw, was the recipient of a handsome present of books, contributed by her annt's Sunday School class, as a memento of ber approaching marriage. The presentation was made on behalf of the class by Mr. Edward Dakin. SciEjrriFic LECTURE.—On Monday evening at the County School, Mr. A. L. Turner, B,A., delivered an interesting lecture to the members of the Church House, on Chemistry." The lecture was accompanied by experiments, the whole being thoroughly appreciated. THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE. On Friday at the meeting of the Debating Society, a splendid paper was read by Mr. J. W. Roberts on Sheldon," and the subsequent discussion was led by Mr. E. L. Roberts. The weekly meeting of the Students' Missionary Union was held on Monday last, under the presidency of Mr. E. L. Roberts. The history of the Student Mjvement was given by Mr. J. W. Roberts* Further remarks were subsequently made by other students. FKBHUARY FAIR. On Saturday, Messrs. R. Lloyd Jones and W. Jones-Ellis held their firs' monthly Stock Sale on Bala Green. There was* large attendance, and considering the exception,47 bad weather, there was a very good suppl various kinds of stock. Good cattle fetched good prices, also sheep were hotly compe These sales were greatly needed in this and it is predicted on all hands that revolutionize Bala fairs. THE POLICE.—Several changes hsvf in the Force consequent upon the ap; Sergeant Williams. Barmouth, to be Constable of Montgomeryshire. P.( is this week leaving for DolgeE succeeded by Mr. T. William being his first appointment. W, who has proved an exenr success.
PRINTING of every kivd c at the "Welsh Gazette" Aberystwyth. Memorial car, pwnted at the shortest notice.
"r ,a DOLGELLEY. THE POLICE.—On Monday SergtBreeze removed to Barmouth to take the V»'intuit, who is leaving for Montgomery, and Sergt. Richard Owen commenced duties as sergeant at Dolgelley. ST. DAVID'S EISTEDDFOD. — It is understood that there arc excellentprospccts for the :t. David's Eisteddfod, and that it is likely that there will be a hard fight for the challenge cup solo. THE LITERARY SOCIETY.—Owing to the temper- ance sermons the meeting of the T,if ei-ivy SooiPty to be held on Thursday was postponed till next Thursday, when an address will be delivered by Mr. Edward Griffith, J.P., Springfield. THE ODDFELLOWS.—At the fortnightly meeting of the Idris Lodge of Oddfellows beili on Tuesday, Dr. John Jones Dr. Hugh Jones of Caerffynon, were elected medical officers of the lodge for the re- maining portion of the year, as successors of their late respected father-Dr. Edward Jones. THE W AR.At the meeting convened to con- sider the offer of Mr. Soloman Andrews of con- tributing hundred guineas towards providing a home for the wounded officers, it was decided that although the object was worthy, that it was con- sidered impossible to accept it. NOTICE.—The portrait of the late Dr. Edward Jones, which was issued last week by the Welsh Gazette, may be obtained from all their agents in Dolgelley. Price One Penny. FAIR.—The annual fair known as 1, Calanmai," was held on Tuesday. There was a large number of dealers present, and the demand for cattle was good. SPECIAL SESSIONS.—On Monday, before J. Meyrick Jones, Esq., a tramp named William Marlow was brought up in custody of P.C. Ben Evans, and charged with tearing his clothes at the casual .ward. He was sent to Carnarvon for 14 days hard labour. THE WELSH GAZETTE.—Great praise is being given here to the excellent photo of the late Dr. Edward Jones published as a supplement to the nrelsh Gazette for last week, and it is considered one of the best ever printed of the late prince of Merioneth. J. MEYRICK JOKES, LIMITED.—The alterations at the Welsh Woollen Warehouse and Idris Mills are now being carried on, and the work is expected to be completed in a few months. A new factory 160 feet long is being erected, which will contain the latest machinery, and when the alterations'have been completed, it is expected that it will greatly benefit this ancient town. DEATH.—We regret to announce the death of Miss C. A. Lewis, the eldest daughter of Mr. James Lewis, timber merchant, Springfield-street, Dol- gelley, which took place on Thursday. Miss Lewis was greatly respected by all. She was for some years assistant mistress at the Girls' Board School, where she was deeply loved by the pupils. She was a faithful member of the Salem Chapel, and was of an irreproachable character. She was interred at the Nonconformist Cemetery on Tuesday. DEPARTURE. Sergeant Breeze, who has been stationed here for the last 8 years, left on Monday to take up his duties at Barmouth, He is a smart and efficient officer, and is noted as a detective. On many occasions he has been complimented by the Dolgelley magistrntes, Major Best, and other chief constables, for his smart captures. His list of arrests for serious offences are numerous. P.C. Owen has now been promoted to the rank of ser- geant, and is to be stationed at Dolgelley. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—A competitive meeting was held on Friday last at Brithdir. The ad- judicators were-Music, ML T. C. Davies, A.C., Dinas Mawddwy; Prose, Rev. J. Walters, Brithdir, and Mr. Williams, C.M. The conductor was Mr. John Edwards, Tyddynmawr, and the accompanist was Mr. John Roberts, Dolgelley. The following were the chief items won by local competitors— Children's choir and the mixed choir was won by the Brithdir parties, under the leadership of Mr. Wm. Lewis, Browyan; solo soprano, Miss Pugh, Tanygader; tenor solo, Hugh Roberts, Gwanas; bass solo, Mr. H. Owen Williams. The meeting was a successful one, and the room was filled. THE ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH bade farewell to its pastor, Rev. E. Hampden-Cook, M.A., at a meeting held on Wednesday evening, February 14, and presented him with a purse of money, and an illuminated address as tokens of affectionate regard. Rev. T. Palmer Jones, who presided, said that Mr Cook bad proved himself to everyone of them a friend to the very core of his heart. His extreme kindness had completely won their con- fidence and friendship in return. During his pastorate a spirit of union and brotherhood had prevailed. The subsequent speakers were Messrs W. Jones, R. Edwards, J. Eastick, and H. Miles. Mr Hampden Cook left Dolgelley for Sandbach on Saturday morning. The illuminated address already referred to, read as follows, We desire to bear testimony to your undying and consistent Christian life amongst us; to your unremitting care and solicitude for our spiritual culture and welfare to your sympathy and kindness, and to your readiness to assist in all public movements having for their object the uplifting and en-nobling of life and character, and the preparing men for the duties of Christian citizenship. We believe that in these, your efforts, you have been constrained by the love of Christ, whom in all your ministra- tions you have held up before us as our Saviour and Redeemer." PETTY SESSIONS.—TUESDAY. Before C. E. M. Edwards, O. S. Wynne, C. E. J. Owen, and J. Meyrick Jones, Esqrs. VOTE OF CONDOLENCE.—Mr. Munro Edwards moved that a vote of condolence be passed with the family of the late Dr. Edward Jones. Mr. Owen S. Wynne seconded the proposition, and it was carried in silence. Mr. Jones Griffith asked leave to give a like expression of sympathy on behalf of the Bar, and this request was unanimously granted. NON-MAINTKNANCE.—An order was made against Henry G. Jones and Peter Jones for non- maintenance of their mother. TRESPASS.- Griffith J. Williams, Hugh Parry, Ellis Roberts, and Robert Roberts were charged by Mr. George Davies, gamekeeper, Nannau, for trespassing in pursuit of game on Sunday, the 28th of January. Each pleaded guilty, and were fined 10s. and costs each. FIGHTING.—Robert L. Roberts and Thomas Jones were charged by Sergt. Breeze with fighting in Eldon-square on the 10th February. Both were bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for six months, and to pay costs. REMOVAL OF SERGT. BREEZE.—The Chairman (Mr. Munro Edwards) also made reference to the departure of Sergt. Breeze for Barmouth. He stated that Sergt. Breeze had given every satis- faction to the Bench, and hoped he would do the same in Barmouth.