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LLUNDAIN, Dydd Mercher. CYFARFOBYDD GWYL DEWI. Wythnos brysur anarferol fu hon yn mhlith Cymry Llundain. Ar nos Fawrth cynhaliwyd" gwasanaeth Cymreig yn Mhrif Eglwys St. Paul, pryd ypregethodd y Canon Williams, o Dy Ddewi, i gynulliedfa fawr iawn. Eleni ffurfiwyd cor o ddeuddeg o ferched, pob un a'i thelyn yn ei law, ac yr oedd rhyw swyn rhyfedd i'w deimlo wrth glywed swn y telynau mewn odfa grefyddol. Ar nos Fercher cynaliodd Ymneillduwyr y pedwar enwad eu cyfarfod blynyddol yn Nghapel Doctor Parker, y City Temple. Pregethwyd gan y Parchedigion Owen Prys, Trefecca, yn cynrychiolu y Method istiaid, a Charles Da vies, Ceardyd d y, Bedyddwyr. Yr oedd yr adeilad mawr wedi ei lenwi i'r ymylon erbyn dechreu'r cwrdd. Cafwyd pregethau 1 anarferol o dda—Mr Prys yn ei hwyliau goreu yn llawn difrifoldeb a thanbeidrwydd, a Mr. Davies yn bwyllog, aruchel, a gafaclgar. Arweinai Mr. Maengwyn Davies, y cor ar yr oedd y canu yn fendigedig. Hir gofir yr odfa. GWYL ST. DEWI. Ar nos wyl Dewi cynhaliwyd y ciniawau -arferol, y Cymru Fyddion yn Ngwestdy Sissyllt, a'r Hen Frutaniaid yn Ngwesdy Rhyd yr Hoi. Yn ol pob hanes bu'r ddau giniaw yn llwyddianus. Ymysg y gwahodd- edegion i'r Giniaw'r Cymru Fyddion, yr oedd Syr William Harcourt a'i wraig. Gwnaeth Syr William araeth yn llawn o arabedd, o rhoes ganmolaeth anghyffyedin i'r Cymry. Dywedai na chlywodd erioed yn Nhy y Cyfiredin well areithiau na'r i eiddo Meistri Lloyd George a Samuel Evans yr wythnos ddiweddaf, a phrophwydodd ddyfodol ,disglaer i'r ddau Gymro gwladgar a galluog. Mewn attebiad traddododd Mr. Lloyd George (nid oedd Mr. S. Evans yno), araeth hyawdl a barddonol. Dywedodd fod y Cymry wedi gwel'd y Rhufeiniaid yn dod i Brydain ac yn diflanu, y Saeson ar eu hoi hwy, y Daniaid wedyn, ac yn olaf y Nordd- maniaid, ond bod iaith y Cymro mor fyw ac erioed, a'i gariad at ryddid a chyfiawnder maor gryfed r byth. Siaradodd y Parch. Elfed Lewis a Mr. Woodward Owen hefyd yn dda neillduol, ac mewn gwirionedd ni chafwyd gwell cinio na gwell areithiau erioed o'r blaen yn y cynhulliadau blynyddol hyn. Yr unig fai oedd fod yr iaith Gymraeg yn cael ei hesgeuluso yn ormodol, ac ni cheir hwyl yn iawn ar ddim yn Llundain heb yr hen iaith. NEWYDDION YR WYTHJOS. Pan ddaeth y newydd fod y gwron Cronje o'r diwedd wedi rhoi i mewn i'r Cadfridog Roberts, daeth rhyw lawenydd rhyfedd dros y ddinas. Chwifiwyd banerau a chanwyd lJyrn, a gwnaed pob math o yspleddach. Ond ar nos lau, wedi i sicrwydd ddod fod Lady- smith yn rhydd, collodd y dinasyddion pob meddiant arnynt eu hunain. Yr oedd yr ystrydoedd yn llawnion o bob math o ddynion, tlodion a chyfoethogion, merched a meibion, yn gwaeddi ac yn bloeddio, yn canu a dawnsio. Ond nid dyna'r gwaetha. Yr oedd gwehilion y ddinas wedi eu gollwng yn rhydd am y tro o'u cynefin leoedd yn y parth dwyreiniol, ac yn rhowlio yn feddw a therfysglyd trwy'r ystrydoedd. Ymddangosai pethau yn lied ddireol a diroswm, a teimlwn hiraeth angerddol am Gymru dawel a dirodres wrth dramwy tuag adref. Y RHYFEL. Nid oes dadl fod cyfnewidiadau pwysig wedi cymeryd lie yn safle'r pleidau yn Neheudir Affrig yr wythnos ddiweddaf. Gwir nad oes fawr achos i chwifio banerau a gwallgofi uwchben brwydr Paardesburg, canys nid oedd y Boeriaid ond yn ol un i bymtheg o'u cymharu a'r Saeson, etto y mae carchariad tair neu bedair mil o "r Boeriaid yn lleihad mawr ar eu byddin, gan nad allant gael ychwaneg o wyr i gymeryd eu lie. Enill mawr i'r Seison oedd rhyddhad Lady- smith os nad oedd yn gymaint o golled i'r Boeriaid, gan iddynt ddwyn eu gynau a'u byddin yn ddidramgwydd o faes y rhyfel. Credir y bydd y Boeriaid yn ddigalon iawn ar ol y ddau ddigwyddiad olaf hyn, ac yn barod i rhoddi i fewn yn fuan. Ond ofnir ei bod yn bosibl yr ymleddir o hyn allan gyda ffyrnigrwydd na fu yr hyn a basiodd ond chwareu plant i'w gymharu ag ef. Pan a pobl i ymladd dros eu gwlad ar dir eu gwlad, yna y maent yn colli pob meddiant ar eu hunain, yn barod i wneuthur unrhyw aberthau ac i gael eu difodi yn llwyr o'r tir cliwaetbach na'u gorchfygu. Ond amser a ddengys. Y SENEDD. Ar nos Wener bu Mr. Lloyd George wrthi eilwaith yn trin Joseph Chamberlain. Fe gofir fod Syr Alfred Milner, y gwr sydd yn cynrychioli Prydain yn Nelieudir Affrig, a Mr. Steyn, Prif Weinidog y Free State, wedi bod mewn gohebiaeth a'u gilydd cyn cychwyniad y rhyfel ynghylch y camddeallt- wriaeth rhwng Kruger a Chamberlain. Ysgrifenodd Mr. Steyn ddau lythyr maith at Syr Alfred Milner, yn mha^rai rhoddodd hanes llawn o'r gwir achosion oedd wrth wraidd ystyfnigrwydd Kruger. Profai y llythyrau hyn i fesnr pell mai cam- ddealltwriaeth a dim byd gwaeth oedd rhwng y pleidiau. Pe cyhoeddasid y llyth- yrau ar y pryd fe allai yr osgoid y rhyfel presenol. Ond beth wnaeth Syr Alfred Milner ? Yn lie eu danfon yn eu crynswth i Loegr torfynyglodd hwynt a danfonodd rhyw fraslun camarweiniol cwta o honynt i'r wlad hon. Cynygiodd Lloyd George gwymp- ad o zClOO yn ei gyflog, a gwnaeth araeth finiog, a galluog dros ei ddadl. Cynhyrfodd hyn Chamberlain, a torrai i fewn ar gauol araeth Lloyd George sawl gwaith, ond safai y Cymro gwydn ar ei dir, ac yn y diwedd trechodd ef hefyd. Ond beth dal. Y mae mwyafrif enfawr tu ol i'r Ceidwadwyr, a collodd ei gynyg. Mae ofn ac arswyd Chamberlain a'r aelodau'r Ty yn gyffredin, gyda'r eithriad o'r Gwyddelod a'r ddau aelod Cymreig, Lloyd George a Sam Evans. Gall Cymru ymfalchio yn y ddau hyn. CINIO SIR GAERFYRDDIN. O'r diwedd mae pobl Sir Gaerfyrddin, neu y rhai sydd yn byw yn Llundain, ddylaswn ddweyd, wedi ymwroli i gychwyn ciniaw blynyddol. Mae Siroedd Aberteifi a Phenfro wedi gwneyd hyn ers blynyddau, ac wedi cael cyfarfodydd neillduol o lwyddianus. Sut bynag, nos Sadwrn diweddaf cynhaliwyd ,ciniaw'r Whelps," gyda Mr. Llewelyn Williams yn y gadair. Daeth tua deg a thriugain yno, llawer o honynt yn feddygoc, .a chafwyd amser difyr ansrhyffredin. Gwel- som rhai o wyr Ceredigion a Meirion yn bresenol, ond rhyw olwg lied anghyfforddus oedd arnynt wrth glywed y Cadeirydd yn uchel ganmol ei Sir enedigol. Cyn y diwedd daeth Mr. Lloyd George i fewn, a siaradodd am enyd fer. Yn ystod y noswaith cafwyd llawer o ganeuon ac adroddiadau gan wyr cyfarwydd, a mawr fwynhawyd y cyfarfod. TOLLI'R TE A'R CWRW. Nos Llun yn y Senedd dywedodd Cang- hellydd y Trysorlys ei fod am godi y swm o X12,317,000 trwy gynyddu y trethi yn ystod y flwyddyn. Codwyd yr incwm tax o wyth ceiniog i swllt; swllt y faril ar gwrw, grot y pwys ar dybacco, a dwy geiniog yn lhagor ar y te.
TREGARON. MONTHLY MARKET.—There was a large attend- ance of dealers from various parts of England here on Tuesday. The supply of cows with calves was more than the demand, consequently the prices were lower than at the last market a month ago. Store cattle were more plenteful than in previous markets, but the prices were not good. Twenty-six truck loads were sent away. FOOTBALL MATCH.—The County School team journeyed down to Ystrad Meurig for a friendly tussle on Saturday. The ground was in very fair condition, and a fast match followed. The head- ing of the home team was distinctly superior to that of the visitors, but the latter had the advant- age of better combination. This proved fortunate for them, and when the whistle blew they were victorious by 3 goals to nil. On one occasion, by a very pardonable error, the referee gave a goal in favour of Ystrad Menrig, but the point was not pressed, as the side interested were fully cognizant of the mistake. The teams and referee parted with mutual respect and esteem. There was a note- worthy absence of violent and foul language which too often degrades a manly sport; both sides were gentlemen, and did not forget the fact. READING ROOM CONCERT.— A very successful meeting was held in the Board School on Friday evening last. Mr. Waterhouse, B.C.L., B.A., B.S., F.C.S., of the Intermediate School, took the chair, and was supported by a large and appreciative audience. His address ran as toilows i'onead- igesau a boneddigion,-Wrth agor y cyfarfod hwn, yr wyf yn cymeryd y pleser mawr o ddiolch i chwi i gyd-bob yr un-am ddyfod yma i'n cefnogi gyda'ch presenoldeb a'ch cymorth. Yr ydym yn dymuno cael Darllenfa a Llyfrgell yn Nhregaron a fydd yn urddas i'r dref, ac yn foddioni roddi pleser a lleshad i bawb sydd yn byw yma. Cyn y gallem wneyd hyn, y mae yn rhaid i ni dalu ein dyledion. Cyn bo hir, bydd hyn wedi ei wneyd. ac wedi hyny bydd gwaith y pwyllgor yn dechreu dwyn ffrwytli. Nid ydym wedi digaloni am na chafodd eich ym- drechion blaenorol y llwyddiant a ddylent fod wedi ei gael. Ymhlith llawer o ddywediadau doeth a gwir yr hen iaitb Gymraeg anwyl, yr wyf wedi dyfod o hyd i'r hen ddiareb canlynol-' Methiant ydyw colofn llwyddiant,' Amgyffred ysbrydol ydyw, teilwng o'r iaith arddercliog a'i rhoddodd i ni. Dywedodd Napoleon am ein cenedl ni, nad ydym byth yn adnabyddus o'r ftaith pan wedi cael ein gorchfygu. Nid ydyw y penderfyniad yma o drechu pob anhawsder wedi marw. Mewn banes- yddiaeth Ysgotaidd yr ydym yn darllen fod Robert Bruce, ar ol cael ei orchfygu drachefn a thrachefn, yn cuddio rhag ei elynion fel anifail erlidedig, mewn ogof. Pan yn y fan liono, gwelodd bryf copyn yn ceisio dringo i fyny i'w gwe. Esgynodd wyth waith, ond disgynodd yn ol wyth waith hefyd. Nid oedd am anobeithio, ac ar y nawfed cynygiad cyrhaeddodd ei chartref. Dysgodd Bruce wers oddiwrth y pryfyn, a cymerodd galon unwaith eto, Yr oedd y pryf copyn yna yn arwydd o honom ni- nid ydym ninau am roddi i fyny cliwaith, hyd yr amser pan na fydd dim mwy i'w gael. Yr ydym yn gobeithio gallu cynyddu ein cyfleusderau, anifer ein newyddiaduron a'n cylchgronau, ac hefyd cysur y rhai hyny sydd yn arfer dyfod i ystafell y ddar- llenfa. Gallwch i gyd ein cynorthwyo yn hyn gyda'ch cydymdeimlad a'ch cymorth. Y mae y pwyllgor wedi gofyn i mi hysbysu un peth penodol. Y mae llawer o lyfrau yn perthyn i'r llyfrgell ar wasgar, wedi cael eu benthyca ganamryw bersonau sydd wedi anghofio eu rhoddi yn ol. Os byddwch cystal ag edrych ymysg eich llyfrau, a rhoddi un- ryw rai a berthynent i'r llyfrgell i mi, bydd y pwyllgor yn ddiolcbgar iawn. Un peth eto sydd genyf i'w ddweyd. Yr oeddwn yn teimlo yn falch iawn pan ofynodd y pwyllgor i mi gymeryd y gadair heno. Y dyddiau hyn, y mae Saeson a Chymry yn ymladd fel brodyr, ochr yn ochr, mewn gwlad bell. Peth hyfryd yw meddwl fod Saeson a Chymry yma hefyd, yn Nhregaron, yn uno er mwyn eu daioni cyffredinol. Arwydd da yw hyn, lie gwelir y Llew Prydeinig, yno gwelir hefyd cynffon y Ddraig Goch yn troi'r gongl (langhter and applause); a pa le bynag y gwnel y Ddraig ei chartref, yno hefyd y gwel ol traed y Llew yn y tywod (loud and pro- longed applause). The following programme was performed in excellent style:—Piano solo, Bells of Aberdovey," Miss Eleanor Jones; song, Myfyr- dod yr unig," Miss Lizzie Jones (Crown and Anchor); recitation, Our country's call," Mr. T. H. Davies song, Sons of our Empire," Mr. Charles Powell; song, Gyda'r wawr," Miss Nancy Morgan (encored) recitation, 1 fyny fo'r nod," Mr. Caron- ian Evans glee. Y deigryn," Mr. D. Thomas and party song, Star of evening," Miss Nancy Rees; song," Why rouse the British Lion ?" Mr. Octavius D. Rees recitation, Whispers of War," Mr. H. R. Roberts (excise); song, Marble arch," Mr. Frank Powell (encored) piano solo, Mrs. Charles Powell; reading The English flag," the Chairman; song, The Zuider Zee," Miss Nancy Morgan (encored); song, Soldiers of the Queen," Mr. Obas. Powell; glee, Y gwlithyn," Mr. D. Thomas and party; song I" A soldier and a man," Mr. T. A. Jones; piano solo, Mrs. Charles Powell. The accompanists were Mrs. C. Powell, Glanbrenig, and Miss Annie Foulkes, L.R.A.M., of the intermediate School, who both did their work to perfection. Mr. Thomas Evans, Albion House, moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, and coupled with it thanks to all those who had in any way contributed to the success of the evening. Mr. Thomas, head master of the Board School, seconded the motion, remark- ing that the world might be searched in vain for a better chairman. There was absolutely no disturb- ance. The was carried with acclamation, and the chairman briefly responded. The meeting then closed with enthusiastic singing of God save the Queen." It is understood that the proceedings have been successful in reducing the debt by about £5.
LAMPETER. TEMPERANCE.—The weekly meeting of the Church of England Temperance Society was held on Monday night last in the Lower Schoolroom under the presidency of the Rev. W. J. Evans, senior curate. A programme consisting of songs, addresses, and recisations was gone through, and a very enjoyable evening was spent. PAXTON SOCIETY.—The monthly general meet- ing of this Society was held at the Board Room on Friday evening last. There was a good attendance of members. A very interesting paper on The Chrysanthemum," was read by Mr H. A. Allen, of Penarth. Resolved that the show in connection with the Society be held on the 17th August. It was also resolved that the Society should procure 50 geraniums in small pots and 50 six inch pots to be distributed among the children of the schools under the Lampeter United District School Board. FROM THE WAR.—Mr Daniel Jones, 1, Harford- row, Lampeter, has received another letter. from his son, Sapper William Jones, 26th Company Royal Engineers, who is with General French's column at Rdnsburg. In it he states he is in good health, with plenty to eat and nothing to drink. They expected to get into Colesburg in a few days, but they would have to do a bit of stiff fighting yet' asiall the hills before them were full of Boers. Each man in the company had received a Cardigan jacket and a pair of slippers and a pipe and tobacco, presented to them by the wives of their officers from England. Sapper Jones goes on to say that it would be a few more months before this war was over. There were plenty of deer and ostrichestthere, and they went about shooting them, He also describes a visit they paid to a Boer farm which had been deserted, where they found a num. ber of cattle.
ABERAYRON. THE DESERTERS.—The deserters who gave them- selves up here last week, were not escorted away until Saturday. The escort left Pembroke Dock, on Thursday morning, and instead of making their way for Aberayron, booked for Abercynon, arriving here two days later. THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITIE,-The news of the relief of Ladysmith was received at Aberayron with unbounded joy. Flags and bunting decorated the town, the County School pupils were given a holiday, and a football match was played in the afternoon. Some people in their haste to hoist flags, never troubled what the colours represented. Two prom- inent gentlemen hoisted the Dutch flag on a lamp- post near the Feathers Hotel, but on the fact becoming known it was quickly torn down. NIGHT SCHOOL.—The night school term for the session of 1899-1900 terminated on Thursday evening last, when the members held an enjoyable social gathering in the main room of the National Schools. The tables had been daintily laid out, and the room made gay with flags and bunting, reflecting credit upon Miss Gold and Miss Davies, the pose omce, who had charge of the decorations, and who were assisted at the tables by Miss Evans, Alban-square; Miss Davies, Alma House Miss Davies, Bodrhyddan Miss Jones, 3^, Alban-square and Miss Morris, Llanon. After partaking of the good things provided, dancing was indulged in, to the merry strains of popular dance music. A splendid programme of songs and recitations had also been arranged, in which the following took part:-Miss Lily Rose, Miss M. E. Lloyd, Messrs. Tommy Griffiths, Henry Harries, E. Hill Thomas, John and Alban Davies, A member, posessed of the spirit of the Bardd," composed and recited verses upon the relief of Ladysmith, and they were afterwards sung amid enthusiasm by Mr. Henry Harries. After proposing a vote of thanks to Mr, Jones, the headmaster, for the admirable way in which he had carried out his work during the session, and to the managers for the loan of the school for the occasion, the proceedings terminated by singing "Rule Brittauia," Miss K. Jones acted as accompanist. PETTY SESSIONS.—WEDNESDAY. Before Major Price Lewes (in the chair), and Coun- cillors D. Evans and Thomas Davies. LIOHTS.-P.C. John Evans, Llanarth, charged Wm. Davies, Pantscawen, Llandyssul, with driving a timber waggon without a light. Fined 2s. 6d.—P.C. Charles Charman charged John Jordan Jones with driving a carriage without a light. Fined 5s. FURIOUS RIDING.-r.C. D. Thomas, Llanon, charged Thomas Jones, Cillfforch, Henfynyw, and D. Jones, Aberayron, with riding furiously through Llanon on the 8th ult. Mr C. Denham Evans represented the former and Mr D. Pennant James the latter. The defendants were ordered to pay costs only. ASSAULTS.—John Evans, Victoria Inn, servant, charged George Bryant with having assaulted him. The Bench hound both over in the sum of £ 5 to be of good behaviour for six months.—Thomas Jones, one of the defendants in the furious riding case, charged D. Thomas, police constable, Llanon, with assault, which was alleged to have taken place on the same night. Mr Denham Evans was for the complainant. Thomas Jones, sworn, said that on the night in question the defendant came up to him at the Castle Inn, Llanon. They left together and walked for about half a mile. The constable continually kept worrying his horse, which was very frisky, occasion- ally turning its head round, and kept on asking who .the first rider (who had escaped) was. Jones replied that he would be no one's detective (laughter). The constable then said. "Jones, you must tell me; I am a first-class officer, and unless I will find out I will return to my trade as a tailor (loud laughter). —The Bench dismissed the case. DUXKENNESS .-P.C. D. Thomas, charged David John Jones and Jenkin Griffiths, seamen, Llanon, with being drunk aud disorderly on the highway. Fined 7s. 6d. each.
TALYBONT. ST. DAVID'S DAY. The news of the relief of Lady- smith added unusual interest to St. David's Day this year. The glad tidings were received with unmingled joy by all. PETTY SESSIONS.—The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Thursday last before Messrs J. T. Morgan, D. Howell, and J. M. Williams.—Thomas Jones, Ty- newydd, for not sending his son regularly to school, was fined 5s.—Sarah Ann Jones charged Margaretta Morris with assault on February 1st last, prosecutrix complaining of having been smacked in the face. Both parties were bound over in the sum of £5 to be of good behaviour for six months, each to pay their own costs.—Letters were read from Sir Pryse Pryse and Mrs Pryse Pryse acknowledging the vote of sympathy passed by the Bench at their previous sitting^on the death of Mr P. P. Pryse. CONCERT.—On Thursday last (St. David's Day), a grand concert was held at the Board School. Mr. R. H. Rees, Woodlands, occupied the chair, and there was a good attendance. The following was the pro- gramme "Rhyfelgyrch gwyr Harlech," the Brass Sand; solo, Llances Dyffryn," Miss Anuie Jones; solo, Y milwr dewr," Mr. R. Brothen Jones part song, "Gwlad y bryniau," the Ladies' Choir; song, Madame Thomas, Llanelly; recitation, "Araeth Llewelyn," Mr. Abram Jones (Meurig); part song, Bedd y dyn tlawd," Mr. D. Jones and party solo, "O na byddai'n haf o hyd," Mr. R. Davies; solo, "The Welsh Fusiliers," Mr. R. T. Griffiths; duett In the duek of the twilight," Misses Morris; solo, For Queen and country," Miss J. L. James; solo, Y milwr clwyfedig," Mr. R. Brothen Jones; part son», "Elmville," the Brass Band; solo, "Cymru Rydd," Madame Thomas; dialogue, "Gyda'r plant ar dydd GwylDewi Sant." Mr. R. Phillips and party solo, "Blodau haf." Miss Annie Jones: solo, "Honour and arms," Mr. R. B. Jones; part song, "Llwyn Onn," the Ladies' Choir; duett, "Y gwanwyn mwyn," Misses Morris; recitation, "Bachgen yn eisiau," Miss C. J. Pritchard; solo, "Bwthyn bach melyn fy nliad," Mr, D. T. Morgan solo, Caradog," Mr. R. Brothen Jones ;Ipart songi Briallen gynta'r gwanwyn," Mr. Davies and party; solo, "Llam y cariadau," Madame Thomas. The feature of the evening was the rendering of Llam y cariadau," by Madame Thomas, who was encored several times. Miss Williams and Miss Morris, Ty'nllechwedd, acted as accompanists during the evening.
GOGINAN. PROPERTY SALE.—Mr. J. E. James, auctioneer, in accordance with instructions received from Mrs. Owen, conducted a sale of freehold and leasehold property situate in the parish of Goginon at the Lion Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth, on Monday after- noon. There was a fair attendance of bidders. The first lot put up was all that freehold house and premises, known as Mount Pleasant, and now let to Captain Bray at the yearly rent of £10. The building commenced at iClOO and advanced to iC280, at which figure, the reserve price not having been reached, the property was withdrawn. Lot 2 comprised all that leasehold shop, post office, and premises, known as Bristol House; lease granted 29th September, 1887, for 70 years, and now let to Mr. Thos. Owen as yearly tenant, at the yearly rent of £ 25; ground rent, iEl 5s. There was some brisk bidding for this lot, and eventually the property was knocked down at L380 to the present tenant (Mr- Thos. Owen). Two leasehold cottages and premises, known as Castle-square, and now let to Mr. Edward Jenkins: and Mr. John Morgan respectively, at the yearly rent of P-2 10s. each; annual ground rent on each house 12s. 6d. lease granted 16th September, 1890, for 60 years. The bidding for this lot reached k22, at which figure the auctioneer refused to sell, and the property was withdrawn. Messrs. Roberts and Evans, Aber- ystwyth, were the solicitors far the vendor.
MACHYNLLETH. FOR THE FRONT.—Elijah Vaughan of this town, a member of the Montgomery Militia, left here for Welshpool on Saturday morning to join his regiment. He leaves Liverpool 08 Wednesday for the Cape. EN-ROUTE.—Mr D. Phillip Jones has received a letter from Pte. A. W. Harris, sent from Canary Islands. The writer states that they experienced two rough days in crossing the Bay of Biscay. He states that a great deal of kindness was shown them on their voyage. MARCH FAIR.—This fair, which was only organized a few years ago, was held on Wednesday, and at- tended with much success. There was a large sup- ply of cattle and horses. Two year-old heifers rea- lised between £ 8 and £ 10, and yearlings between £ 6 and Z7. AMBULANCE.—At an examination recently held in connection with the St. John's Ambulance Class the following members were successful:—Third year, Messrs Richard Williams and John Evans second year, Messrs. Alfred Gubble, Thomas Bowen, James Rogers, Griffith Williams, William Sanger, William Llewelyn Davies, George Weaver, and David Phillip Jones; first year, Messrs. Arthur Russell, George Owen, John Edwards, Tom Edwards, Tom Powell, L. Fielding, and T. S. Morgan, Station Master, Cambrian Railway. Dr. Williams was the instructor. ANNUAL SCHOOL TREAT On Thursday last the annual tea meeting given to children attending the Board School was held. The tables were piesided over by the following :—Mrs. D. H. Hughes, Mrs. Harry Lewis, Mrs. Rhys Lewis, Mrs, Edward Breeze, Mrs. W. M. Jones, Mrs. Evan Jones, Mrs. J. M. Breeze, Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. Williams, Miss Edwards, Miss Susan Thomas, Miss Pugh, Miss Petra Jones, Miss G. A. Davies, Miss Ashton, and the school teachers. About 300 children sat down to tea, and in the evening an enjoyable concert was held at the Town Hall, presided over by Mr. R Gillart, when prizes were distributed to a large number of the scholars for regular attendance. BOARD OF GUARDIANS^—The fortnightly meet- ing of the Guardians was held on Wednesday, at the Union offices, where the following were pre- sent :—Mr David Evans (chairman), Mrs Lloyd (vice-chairman), Messrs William Jones, Towyn Ellis Hughes, Cemmaes Edward Hughes, Llan- wrin; John Davies, Machynlleth Humphrey Jones, John Owen, Meredith Jones, Towyn J. Hughes- Jones, Aberdovey Richard Hughes, Cemmaes Richard Morgan, Uwchygarreg; E. M. Jones, Llanbrymair with Mr David Evans (clerk), and Mr D. Morgan (assistant clerk.—The out-relief dis- tributed in the Pennal district for the past fort- night was £ 2915s,in the Darowen district C42 5s 5d and in the Machynlleth district, k20 Os. 3d.. The number of inmates in the House was reported to be 26.-The Master was instructed to sell the watch and other effects of the late Hugh Parry.— The appointment of medical officers for Llanbryn- mair was cleferredfor a fortnight, as well as the appointment of assistant matron.—Drs. Matthews and Williams were appointed medical officers for Machynlleth and Penegoes respectively.— It was decided to hold a meeting of the Assess- ment Committee on Wednesday week. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Machynlleth Urban District Council was held at the Town Hall on Tues- day last, when the following members were pres- ent: Messrs W. M. Jones (chairman), presiding, G. W. Griffiths, D. Smith, John Thomas, John Pugh, John M. Breese, Ed. Gillart, Richard Rees, and J. Parsons, with Messrs J. Rowlands (clerk), D. P. Jones (assistant clerk), and John Jones (sur- veyor). UNFULFILLED APPOINTMENT. The Clerk stated that Mr. J. M. Howell called at his office on Thursday last with the view of meeting the two members of this Council as to the letting of the field, but he was sorry to say that not one of the members were able to be present. Mr. Howell had written stating he would again be prepared to meet the two members at any time. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from Mr. A. W. Hughes, London, with regard to equipping a Welsh Hospital for South Africa and asking the Council's support. The Chair- man stated that this was worthy of support. OverE70 have been already collected in the town to the war fund, but not exactly for the same purpose as this. Mr. D. Smith said he believed that the council should support this worthy object. Mr. Pugh also stated that the council should do all they could in this way, as the Scotch, Irish and English had already made a collection for this purpose. He proposed that a collection be made in all the chapels and churches of the district on a certain Sunday. Mr. Smith seconded and this was agreed to. A letter was also read from Mrs Morgan,secretary of the Gas Company, complaining that the lamps were being broken by children. The matter was left to the surveyor. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer submitted his report for the past year as follows:—Mr Chairman and Gentle- men, I have the honour to submit my annual report for the year ending 31st December, 1899, with the table of deaths for the year ending as above, classified according to diseases and ages; also, the number of births for the same period. Birth-rate: There were during the year 63 births registered, 32 males and 31 females. The follow- ing table shows the number of births for the differ- ent quarters. 1st. January to 31st. March, 17, 1st. April to 30th. June 15, 1st. July to 30th. September, 14, 1st. October to 31st. December, 17, total 63. The above shows a decrease in births for the year of 13, and gives a birth-rate for the same period of 34 5, a decrease of 7-5 on the previous year. I should point out that my calculations are based upon the 1891 census, which gives our population at 1,826; this, as I mentioned last year, is very much too low, taking the population at 2,200 it gives a birth-rate of 28-6.Death-rate The num- ber of deaths for the year was 43, giving an ag- gregate death-rate of 23'5. Deducting two deaths which occurred at the Workhouse, the death-rate is 22 4. In the total of 43, there are included seven deaths caused by accident, and certified by the coroner; again deducting these from the total, a death-rate of 18'6 is given. Based upon the assumed population of 2200 and deducting the deaths at the Workhouse, and Coroner's inquest, the death-rate is 15'4. I think it is only right that I should draw your particular attention to the great number of deaths caused by accidents. As deaths from such causes cannot be attributed to insanitary conditions, I have, as you will have observed, deducted them in order to arrive at the last mentioned calculation, viz. 15-4. The number of deaths for each quarter was as follows :—1st January to 31st March, 7,1st April to 30th June, 15, 1st July to 30th September, 10 1st October to 31st Dec., 11, total, 43. Causes of death: The following is the table of the various causes:— Phthisis 3, membraneous croup 2, peruisious ancemea 1, pneumonia 5, apoplexy 2, meningitis 1, bronchitis 3, Bright's disease 1, oancer 1, Bron- chiectases 1, diabetes 1, natural causes 1, influenza 1, premature birth 1, old age 6, heart disease 5, diarrhoea 1, shock 7 (c< "pier's inquests). Upon referring to the table it observed that there were 12 deaths irdmpLjmoAry diseases, as against 15 last year, which sho-vs a slight improvement in spite of the severe epidemic of influenza which visited the town during the latter month of the year, and which usually produces pulmonary com- plications. There were 6 deaths notified from old age as compared with two in 1898. Deaths tabula- ted according to age for 1899 were as follows:— Under one year, 7; between one and five years, 2; between five and 15, 1; between 15 and 25, 2; between 25 and 65, 11; 65 and upwards, 20. In- cluded in the seven deaths under one year were two certified by the coroner, and one of a child who only lived four hours after birth, and is certified as being premature. It is satisfactory to note that the death-rate amongst children is diminishing, and clearly indicates that greater care is devoted to the proper nursing and dieting of the little ones. I would also draw your attention to the increased number of deaths occurring amongst persons of 65 years and upwards, which amount to nearly 50 per cent of the total. Of these 10 were persons between 70 and 80 years of age and eight over 80 The fact of there being 18 deaths occurring in per- sons over 70 years of age, speaks well for the natural healthiness of the town and I have no hesitation in saying, that when the sewerage scheme, to which I allude further on in my report, becomes an accomplished fact, that the deathrate will be lower still. Fevers Upon referring to the table you will find that no deaths occurred from zymotic diseases, although there were two or three isolated cases of scarlet fever in the town imported from outlying districts. When these cases were reported to me I took all necessary precautions to prevent their spreading and I am glad so say there was no epidemic in the town. Two deaths occurred from membraneous croup in the same house, the probable cause of which was a disused cesspool ad- joining the house which I caused to be filled up. I might point out that whilst the surrounding dis- tricts were visited during the year by epidemic of measles, scarlet fever, and diphtheria, our town escaped with the exceptions above mentioned. Slauyhter-hovses: I have caused three buildings which were totally unsuited for use as slaughter- houses to be closed; and though the existing ones are far from ideal for this purpose, yet they show decided improvement in point of cleanliness. Pig Styes: I find great difficulty in convincing some people of the necessity of remov- ing their pig styes to the distance from their dwelling houses, prescribed by the bye-laws. I would urge the Council to enforce this regulation. Ventilation: I would again draw the attention of the townspeople to the absolute necessity of open- ing their windows during the day, to allow free access of pure air into their rooms. Corv Hcnises I have visited the various cow houses in the town, and am pleased to report that they are now in a very satisfactory condition. Several of the old ones have been improved, and a new one has been built. Troughings Attention has been repeatedly called to the want of proper troughings in the town generally, for it is evident that without these dwelling houses cannot be kept free from damp. Milk Supply: I am glad to inform the Council that no complaints have been made to me during the year regarding the milk supply. With respect to milk, I cannot too strongly again impress upon mothers and nurses, the importance of either boil- ing or sterilizing milk, before giving it to children. privies In the matter of privies there have been great improvements made during the year; still there are many houses which have insufficient, and imperfectly constructed accommodation, and I hope the Council will insist upon their recommendation being carried out in this respect, as I feel there is yet much to be done in this matter. Commons I have to report that the gipsies still frequent the Commons, and are a source of nuisance. It seems a pity that some better use could not be made of the Commons in the way of making them more attractive to the townspeople and others, by mak- ing walks, and placing seats in convenient spots. If I may be allowed to suggest, it might also be made a source of revenue, by being let as pasture land. In these ways the council would not only be able to clear away existing nuisances, but also to convert it into a source of pleasure and income to the ratepayers. Fairs: Without doubt steps ought to be taken to remedy the existing state of things with regard to fairs. The pens being placed on the side walk are an obstruction, and the stench arising from them is a source of nuisance for several days afterwards. It hardly comes within my province to suggest a remedy, but I certainly think that something should be done at an early date. The same remarks are applicable to the horse and cattle fairs, Urinals: I again respect- fully beg to call attention to the want of a public urinal. Water Supply During the months of July and August some little difficulty was experienced in supplying the town with a plentiful supply of clean water from the reservoir. This arose firstly, from a prolonged drought, and secondly from the accumulation of leaves at the bottom of the lake, this latter circumstance necessitating the let- ting out of a great volume of water, so as to clean the bed of the reservoir. Steps were taken to pre- vent, t. a very large extent, a recurrence of this, by placing screens across the brooks at different points. I am of opinion that the reservoir should be cleaned out once or twice in the course of the twelve months. Having such an excellent supply of water, it seems a pity that householders should not more generally avail themselves of it, by con- necting their houses with the mains. Se/verage: It will be within the Council's recollection that a Local Government Board enquiry was held, at which plans were submitted for the proper drainage of the town; but owing to certain difficulties, more particularly the nature of the soil, and the absence of a proper level, the Local Government Board did not see their way clear to sanction the scheme. However, I am glad to find that the Council are still bent upon providing the town with an efficient system of sewerage, and I sincerely hope that their efforts will soon he crowned with success. Present Drainage. A good deal has been done to improve the existing drains, by laying pipes in various places, closing up old cesspools, trapping most of the drains, and erecting ventilating shafts through- out the town. The Surveyor has flushed the drains two or three times a week. as directed by the Council. Ken- Juruses. There have been 21 new houses erected, during the year, in the town these will meet the long felt want, as well-built work- men's cottages, constructed according to the latest sanatary requirments, are much needed here. Side walks. The side walks throughout the town require looking to; in some parts the flagging is broken so as to form holes, and is a source of inconvenience and even danger to pedestrians, especially at night. I cannot close my report without thanking the Council and its officers for their assistance, and the unvarying courtesy extended to me during the year. I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your obedient servant. ALFRKD O. DAVIES. M.R.C.S.. L.R.C.P.. L.P.C.S. Mr Richard Gillart stated that he had listened to the medical officer's report with great pleasure. It compared very favourably with others. The smallness of the death rate is most gratifying during the year 1899, and showed that most of them were old people. Eighteen have died between the ages of 70 and 80 years, eight over 80 years, which was very gratifying. With regard to the other, matters mentioned, there was no doubt that these should be attended to. He thought that the Council should be congratulated on the sanitary condition of the town. Mr Richard Rees stated that this was the best report since the beginning of the Council. The death rate has been high at one time, but now it was very low The Chairman No doubt this is a remarkable report. He hoped that as a Council they would make use of the remarks made in the report. He thought that the Council should press more with regard to the side walks. The common is a big question, it has been under our consideration for over a year. He thought that this report should be distributed, as it was most favourable. Mr Pugh said he was very pleased to see the death rate so low. This points out to him that the town was in a good sanitary condition. He must admit that the Council are not doing their duty in this respect. He proposed that the report be printed and distributed among the various Council committees, and that the matters mentioned be given full attention. Mr Lewis seconded the proposition, and thanked Dr Davies for his clear report. This was unanimously agreed to. VACANCY. Mr. Richard Rees proposed and Mr. Parsons seconded that an election for the vacancy now in the Council take place before the general election. This was agreed to. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. On the proposition of Mr. Parsons seconded by Mr. Pugh it was agreed that Mr. David Edward James, and Mr. John Humphreys, mason, Pentre- hedyn-street, be appointed overseers for the ensuing year. Mr. Lewis proposed, and Mr. Gillart seconded that Dr. A. O. Davies be re-appointed the Council's medical officer of health for the year.—Carried. Mr. John Jones was re-appointed surveyor and inspector. Sergeant Hamer was also re-appointed common lodging house inspector for the year. RATE COLLECTOR'S REPORT. The Collector stated that since the last meeting he had collected the sum of P,94 8s Id, and he hoped that by the next Council meeting he would have a clean sheet. The report was adopted.
CORRIS. VOLUNTEERS.—Corris can boast of her volunteers, having as many as twenty-nine. Corris section being a section of the D Company (Machynlleth Volunteers) 5th S.W.B. EXAMINATION. The examination of the Ambulance Class was held at the Board School, Corris, on Monday night. The examiner was Dr. Hugh Jones, Dolgelley. The lectures were given during the winter by Dr. Rees, Machynlleth. THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH.—The news of the relief of Ladysmith was received here with great joy. A special driver mounted the engine of the mid-day train at Garneddwen and made the hills resound with the whistle until it passed through the village. One of the newly enlisted volunteers was driven along the street in a hand cart by the young men. At 7 o'clock about 40 or 50 children were coming in a procession from the National School having a man made of straw, dressed in black clothes and a top hat with a card on his breast marked Oom Paul." He was wheeled about in a wheelbarrow the children singing God save the Queen," big torches following Oom Paul." After having wheeled him for an hour he was taken to a place called Pen Braich" and burnt down. Eight o'clock the band played Rule Britannia," God save the Queen etc., and kept on until half-past nine. Torches were lit in every direction, guns and fog signals cracking. One of the Corris young men, Pte. E. J. Williams 2nd Rifle Brigade was at Lady- smith, and all are glad that he is now free and hope that he can come home safe.
ABERDOVEY SUCCESS.—At the recent examination held at Mach- ynlleth in connection with the St. John's Ambulance Association, the names of Mr. John Evans (Chemist), and Private Richard Williams, Copperhill-street, appear in the pass list. Both have now passed the final examination, entitling them to the Association medallion. WAR NEWS.—The news of the surrender of Cronje and all his army on Tuesday morning was received here with tremendous enthusiasm. Many houses displayed flags, and the little cannon at the Institute, under the charge of Captain Edwards, fired several rounds in the afternoon. Thursday morning dawned in all its glory, and at 10.30 a mighty soar of cheering went up at the Post Office, when the news came about the relief of Ladysmith, everybody cheered, everybody ran to tell his neighbours bicycles conveyed the news to the out-lying district, then more cheering, singing, hand-shaking, and never in the history of the oldest inhabitant has there been such rejoicings in Aberdovey. In less than ten minutes after the news, mostly all the houses put out their flags, and in Ithe evening several of them were illuminated. By mutual consent all the shops closed at one o'clock, the schools also closed in the afternoon, the masons, plasterers, labourers, knocked off, so everybody nearly participated in the general holiday. In the afternoon chief gunner Edwards fired salutes from the battery,and so frequently were they fired, that all the powder in the place was soon exhausted early in the afternoon. However, that difficulty was soon overcome. Privates R. Williams and Owen Jones went on their bicycles to Towyn, and soon brought back about 161bs. of powder. Lieutenant J. M. Howell early in the day consented to let the boys fire the gorse on Penrown after dark, but the young blood were not satisfied with this, but they dragged one of the cannons from the battery to the top, and from dusk till late at night, this cannon was kept going accompanied by much singing of patriotic songs. What with the boom of cannon and the big bonfire, the memory of the relief of Ladysmith will for ever be remembered. Mr. Bonner and friend let eff a lot of fireworks from the Institute in the presence of a crowd of people.
TOWYN. COMPETITION.—Sergeant Meurig Roberts of this town won the silver spoon at the weekly competi- I tion last Saturday. FUNERAL.—The funeral took place on Wednesday at the Cemetery of John, second son of Mr Robert Richard Denbigh. The corpse was brought by train from Liverpool. The funeral was largely J attended. 1 LBTTERS.—Letters had been received during the past week from the four volunteers from this town who are now on their way to the front. All the four write of having experienced two rough days dur- ing their voyage. WESLEYAN CHAPEL.—Special services wereheld at the Wesleyan chapel on Sunday last. Mr. W. O. Jones, Bangor, preached powerful sermons dur- ing the day, on behalf of the Wesleyan Home Mission Fund. On Monday evening Mr. Jones also delivered a lecture at this chapel on Y ddynes newydd (" The new woman "). There was a good attendance. Mr. J. Maethlon James occupied the chair. I.O.G.T.—On Friday evening last, the usual weekly meeting of the Independent Order of Good Templars was held at the Welsh Congregational chapel. Mr. J. Maethlon James occupied the chair. After the usual business was gone through, a very interesting and instructive paper was read by the Rev. J. M. Williams (C.), on Dringo'r ysgol," (" Ascending the ladder "). Mr. Abram Jones pro- posed, and Mr. David Jones seconded, a vote of thanks to Mr. Williams for his valuable paper. This was carried. PETTY SESSIONS.—FRIDAY. The monthly sessions were held on Friday last' at the Police Station, before Messrs. H. Davias, J- H. Jones, and H. Haydn Jones, THROWING FIREWORKS.—Griffith Jones. Copper- hill Street, Aberdovey, a boy of 14, was charged by P.C. Price, with a breach of the Explosives Act, by throwing fireworks in Chapel-street and Copperhill-street, Aberdove}*, on February 1st. Fined 6d., and Is. costs. IMPROPER STORAGE.—W. D. Evans, Aberdovey, was charged by Sergeant Morris, with a breach of the Explosives Act, by storing explosives in an improper place. Fined Is. 6d. and 8s. 6d. costs. CRUELTY TO A HORSE. William Spoonlev, roadman, employed by the Cambrian Railway Company at Aberdovey, was charged by Charles Tomkins, bus proprietor, with cruelty to a horse by striking same with a pickaxe on the 29th January. The complainant stated that on the 29th January he was driving a bus to the station, when he saw defendant working on the road. As be went towards him, the defendant struck his horse viol- ently across the head with a pickaxe.—In answer to defendant's solicitor, the complainant admitted that he was driving on the footpath.—Mr. J. Row- lands, Castle square, Montgomery, a commercial traveller, stated that the complainant was carrying goods for him to the railway station. He was walking about 100 yards behind the bus. He did not see the defendant hit the horse, but he beard the conversation between the two. One wheel of the complainant's trap was on the footpath, where it appeared the defendant had been working.—The defendant stated that he was working on the foot- path with his back towards the town of Aber- dovey. He heard something coming from behind him; he turneclDround and saw the complainant's horse within about 5 or 6 yards. He shouted on the complainant to turn into the road, but instead of doing that he struck the horse with the reins. He had just time to raise his hands up and strike the horse slightly in order to turn it away, other- wise he would be crushed between the wall as there was no other room to escape. The complainant shouted, I caught you now you did what I just wanted you to do."—Another witness was called to corroborate the defendant's evidence.—The defend- ant's solicitor stated that the complainant had always been annoying the railway servants, and in his opinion this was the same. He asked the bench to dismiss the case, and the complainant to pay costs.—The bench therefore decided to dismiss the case, and ordered the complainant to pay 15s. costs. MAINTENANCE.—John Davies. Afonfach, Bryn- crug, was ordered to contribute Is. 6d. a week towards the maintenance of his father now charge- able to the Machynlleth Union.
BARMOUTH. THE ELECTION'!— It is now rumoured that Mr T. Abraham will contest a seat at the forthcoming council election. FUNERAL.—On Tuesday afternoon the funeral took place at Llanaber churchyard, of Jennie, daughter of Mr Griffith Edwards, Aelfor-terrace, at the age of nine years. The Vicar officiated. VISITORS.—On Monday afternoon the directors of the Clogau gold mines with several others, arrived here by special train. On Tuesday they journeyed to the mines in brakes to inspect the new machinery which was being put to work for the first time that day. They left again on Wednesday by a special train for London. The party stayed at the Corsygedol Hotel. DEATH.—On Tuesday afternoon the death took place at his residence, Glanmorgan, of Mr Owen Williams, tailor, at the age of sixty years. The deceased was a local preacher with the Wesleyans, and had been in failing health for some time. His only son, Mr Williams, Paris House, was buried about 12 months ago. He leaves a widow and three daughters to mourn their loss, with whom great sympathy is felt. MLSSLES.-On Friday Capt. Pritchard the bailiff for the the middle division of the Western Sea Fishery Committee hired a large number of boats with a man for each of them to remove young mussels from Trwyn-y-gwaith up the estuary above the railway bridge to replenish the beds that were cleared at the close of the present season which terminates the last day of February in each year. Next winter no doubt a good crop will follow this outlay and then the musslers will derive a sub- stantial benefit from the amount spent by the Fishery Committee. MEETING OF RATEPAYERS.—A meeting of the ratepayers was held at the Board School on Monday evening. The following officers were re-elected for the ensuing year:—President, Mr. Griffiths; vice-president, fr. R. W. Jones; secretary, Mr. J. N. Richards treasurer, Mr. Lewis Vaughan Evans. 36 ratepayers were enrolled as members. 13 names were also submitted for voting on Wednesday at which meeting candidates will be elected for the Urban District. Council, the retiring members being Messrs. Hugh Evans, William Owen, Owen Williams, and O. W. Morris. DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A special meeting of the Barmouth Urban District Council was held at the Council's offices on Tuesday, when the following were present;—Captain Evan Richards (presiding) Captain John Rictiards, Messrs. William Owen, Edward Williams, D. L. Davies, Owen Williams, W. O. Morris. W. George (clerk), O. Jones (assis- tant clerk), and John Adams (surveyor).—The clerk reported that the County Council offered the sum of Z190 per annum for the maintenance of the main roads within the Urban district. Mr. Edward Williams proposed, and Mr William Owen seconded, that the matter be referred to this day week so that all the members might be present, and also that the two county councillors representing the Barmouth district be invited to attend, so that the matter may be passed unanimous.—It was agreed that the question of the Hendre Eirion easement be adjourned to the next ordinary meeting of the Council.—A letter was read from Mrs. Ann Evans, Plascoch, asking if the Council would sell her 2,500 bricks. It was agreed that the amount of bricks required be sold. THE WAR.—On Tuesday and Thursday when the news from the seat of war was received here of General Cronje's surrendering, and of Ladysmith being relieved, the commotion in town on both occasions was something rather uncommon, the excitement it caused can better be imagined than described. Flags and banners were to be seen floating from a large number of business as well as private houses, which represented the views of both Conservatives and advanced Radicals. The inhabitants, it seemed, were instantaneously being captivated and transformed miraculously as it were into jingoes. Rockets were also let off from the Lifeboat House. It seemed rather inconsistent that buntings were hoisted from the dwellings of those that were very recently condemning the present ministry, and especially the Colonial Secretary for dragging the country into the present tributation, and sympathizing with the Boers, tak- ing part in this frivolous and childish display, it only shows how changeable human beings are. On Thursday a procession was formed headed by a squad of cavalry, or rather men on horses represent- ing such, besides two donkeys with their riders. The procession was followed from one end of the town to the other by a very large number of men, women, and children, including the members of the Oddfellows Lodge in their regalias, and b/ the crew of the lifeboat-who wore their life belts on their persons. This, it must be admitted, was one of the largest processions that has promenaded our streets for a number of Years. The Board School children were given a half day holiday in com- memoration of the event. Business to a great ex- tent was suspended during the afternoon, all the shops being closed. At night many of the windows were illuminated. Although party spirit ran very high, no friction of any consequence took place. Mr D. E. Davies, St. Anne's, gave his charabanc free to carry the band of the Oddfellows juvenile society. In the evening a dinner was given at the Lion Hotel, Dr. Hughes occupied the chair, and Mr J. M. Edwards, B.A. in the vice-chair. The follow- ing toasts were proposed; The Queen and the Royal Family by Dr. Hughes, St. David" by Mr J. M. Edwards, B.A.. Army and Navy" Mr R. W. Jones, and responded to by Mr J. Jones. Songs were rendered by Messrs Metcalfe, H. E. Williams, and Owen Roberts. ST. DAVID'S DAY.—The annual entertainment which has since the opening of Park Road C.M. Chapel, become an annual institution, was held on Thursday evening, March 1st, at the Assembly Room. The usual afternoon tea was dispensed with this year, and a more elaborate programme was adopted. The chairman elect, for some cause or other did not put in an appearance, his place being filled by one of the chapel deacons, assisted by the Rev. R. Ernest Jones (minister). The following dndly gave their service gratuitously, Mr. E. M. Evans (solo tenor), Mr. Griffith Griffiths, and the ( members of his male voice choir. Mr. David 1 Davies, acted as accompanist, and Mr. Rees Jones, Glanymor House, with the lantern slides. The entertainment was very commendable, and highly applauded by a large number that were present, the proceeds which goes towards the funds of the chapel reaching a good sum.
DOLGELLEY. LECTURE.—On Wednesday evening last Mr. W. O. Jones, Aber, delivered an interesting lecture on Y Ddynes newydd" (The New Woman), at the Public Rooms. Mr. R. Jones Griffith, Coedcymmer, occupied the ohair. There was a large gathering, the room being filled to its utmost. POLICE NEWS.—On Tuesday morning at the Police Station, before Mr. Meyrick Jones, a tramp named William Sullivan was charged by P. C. J Williams with begging in the Old Road. He was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment. John Conner, another tramp was brought up in custody of P.C. Ben Evans, and charged with tearing his clothes whilst in the casual ward. He was also sent to Carnarvon for 14 days. I SPECIAL SESSION.—On Friday last before Mr. J. Meyrick Jones, George Davies, labourer, bailing from Carnarvon, a well-known character, was charged by Sergeant Owen for profane swearing ia the streets on the previous night. He was fined and costs, in default tes davz" hard labour. Amw oberts, hawker. Llanrwpt, commonly known a s t Ann Llyw glas" was brcTight up by P.C. Be*t Evans, and charged with being drunk on the previous night. Fined 10s. and 8s. 6d. costs, in default 14 days imprisonment. URBAN DISTRICT COUMCIL. The ordinary meeting of this Council -was held on f • Tuesday evening at the Council Room, Shire Hall. -J Present, Mr J. M. Jones (chairmalll, Dr. J. Jones, Messrs E. Williams, J. E. Jones, R. Richards. Tom Parry, Edward Williams. John Jones. E. W. Evans, and John Edwards, with Messrs Richard Bennett iclerk). Will am Jones (surveyor;, and Ed. Jones (rate collector). Plans were brought before the Council for the widening of Smithfield-street, but these were ad- journed to the next meeting. A letter was read from the Waterworks Company offering to lay new pipes up to Bont Fawr, and to construct a parpet to protcct them, and they would be willing to pay half the cost. Mr Edward William asked what was the rateable value paid by the Company. The Collector £6 15s. Mr. Edward Williams It is shameful. Mr. Tom Parry proposed that the matter be ad- journed for a fortnight. Mr. Edwards We might as well pass it now, insteading of wasting a fortnight. Mr. Jones We are only protecting the Company. Mr. Richards pointed out that the Railway Com- pany owned a part of the bridge, and they ought to look into the matter. It was decided that the question be adjourned. The proposals of the County Council as to the future payments to be made o the urban authorities in respect of maintenance of main roads was dis- cussed, and opinions being expressed that the County Council would grant Z160 or L170 instead of L140 they would be prepared to accept. Dr. John Jones stated that Festiniog, Bala, and Towyn Councils had accepted the offer, but Dolgelley and Barmouth had not. The Chairman proposed that the slaughter-house should be sold to pay the debts incurred thereon. Mr. Thomas Parry proposed that they should go in for a loan of L350. Mr. Edwards; If you are going to sell the slaughter- house sell it at once, or if you are going in for & loan go in for it at oncc. The matter was adjourned for a fortnight so that the amount of debt on the building might bo ascertained. Two tenders had been received for cleaning the fire engine, viz.. from Mr. Humphrey Williams and Mr. Edward Jones, the two agreeing to do the work at L5 per annum. The contract was let to Mr. E. Jones. A notice of motion was given by Dr. John Jones that the slaughter-house be sold to the highest bidder. A motion was considered that the Council should proceed to appoint an engineer to inspect and report upon the scheme of electric lighting for the district. Mr. Tom Parry proposed that the engineer be appointed, and that they advertise at once for the post. Mr. Edwards said that they had enough work to do without going in for a scheme of electric lighting. Eventually, Mr. Tom Parry's resolution was unanimously carried. The appoitment of medical officer of health in place of the late Dr. Edward Jones, was discussed. Dr. Hugh Jones, Caerffynon, applied for the post, and presented testimonials from Mr. J. B. Evans, Bar- mouth Mr. Charles Williams, Heugwm and Dr. R. Jones. Dr. Richards also applied for the post The appointment was given to Dr. Hugh Jones.
St. David's Day Festivities.
St. David's Day Festivities. As usual, St. David's Day was a day of jubilation at Dolgelley. The numerous factory operatives and others left work early in the morning, and spent the rest of the day in holiday. All the school children were given a holiday, and business was practically suspended. The various friendly societies in the town held their annual gatherings as usual on the day dedicated to our patron saint. Everything passed off in a quiet and peaceful manner, but the even tenor of our way was com- pletely broken by the news from the seat of war. The news of the relief of Ladysmith added unusual commotion to our national holiday this year. The following clubs and societies held their annual meetings during the day :— THE GOLDEN GOAT SOCIETY. This old-established club paraded the streets as usual in fine form. The members were nearly all present with the exception of a few who were in- disposed. The procession started in the presence of a large number of spectators from the Square, and was beaded by the Idris Brass Band, which played several selections of music. Parading being over, all the members partook of a good dinner at the Hall, which was catered by Mrs Anne Jones. Mr David Williams, Arran-road, occupied the chair. Songs and addresses were delivered by the following:—Mr David Williams (chairman), Mr Herbert Hamer, Mr M. Roberts, Mr David Lewis (vice-president), Mr Owen Tudor, carver, and Dr. John Jones. Dr. John Jones was unanimously elected the society's medical officer in the place of his father, the late Dr Edward Jones. The Secre- tary, Mr Thomas Ellis, submitted his annual report which was as follows:—Total funds, E1089 9s. 5d,; pay to sick members, E173 19s. 8d.: funeral 'con- tributions, £ 65 13s.; number of members, 236. It is gratifying to learn that the Society increases in its membership each year, about 12 joining on Feb. 29th. The singing of the National Anthem brought the meeting to a close. THE AIDING FRIENDLY SOCIETY. This society, better known as Hen glwb yr Angel," paraded the streets as usual in the morning. The club, which numbers about 257, had several of its members absent from the procession. After parading the streets the procession made its way to the Hall, where a good dinner, catered by Mrs. Lewis, was partaken of. At the dinner the secretary, Mr.'Robert James (Trebor) submitted his annual report, which was as follows :—Society's funds, Z1286 16s. 9d., an increase of E30 19s. 6d. during the year; number of members. 257; pay- ments for the year to sick members, Z157 5s. Id.; funeral expenses, £19 12s. 9d. The report was considered to be satisfactory, and a vote of thanks was accorded to the secretary for his report. In the evening a competitive meeting in connection with this society was held at the Public Rooms, under the presidency of Mr. Guthrie Jones. solicitor. Mr. Tom Parry. Fron Aran, conducted the meeting. Before proceeding with the com- petitions a short address was given by the chair- man. and a solo by Mr. Evan James. The follow- ing were the successful competitors in the various subjects:—Recitation, í. Y ddwy wraig o'r wlad," 1 Richard Roberts, Dewisbren; 2 Evan Jones, Nantvgwyrddail; song, Y mynydd i mi," 1 R. Williams, Parks Square; sketch of Dolgelley County School or Cader Idris, 1 Richard Mereditk, Llysmeirion; pair of stockings, 1 Mrs. Evans, Tynyceinant; essay on Hanes bechgyn Dolgellau yn ystod yr ugain mlynedd diweddaf," prize awarded between Henry Lloyd (Ab Hevin), and Robert James (Trebor); epigram, 1, Y weinci," 1 Hugh Price; two epigrams. 1 Ellis Roberts (Glan- wnion) song, Y gloch dan." 1 Glanwnion trio, Duw bydd drugarog, 1 Lewis Owen and party challenge solo for the silver cup given by Messrs. J. Meyrick Jones & Co., nine competed, and the adjudicators felt it hard to decide the best, but the the 1st prize would be awarded this time to W. T. Lloyd, 2 H. O. Williams; duett, "Yn iach i ti Gymru," 1 E. Williams and Miss L. C. Meredith, Llvsmeirion; solo for girls, Gwenith gwyn," 1 Miss L. C. Meredith, Llysmeirion; singing with the harp; W. G. Roberts, Llanelltyd; 2 H. Hamer, Pantyrodyn mouth organ. 1 Robert Richards (junr)., Bontfawr; 2 Robert Evans, English-terrace; recitation. Myfanwy fechan," 1 Hugh Evans,TTstumgwadnaetb 2 Miss Evans, Llanfachreth; best blade stone, 1 Owen W. Pugh. Tanygadair; best heather brush, 1 no name; best walking stick, 1 G. Owen Thomas, South-terrace. The adjudicators were :—Recitations, Rev. J. Williams, B.A., and Mr. R. D. Lewis poetry, Rev. Pari Huws, B.A.; prose, Messrs. Hugh Roberts and John Edwards; singing, Rev. R. Morris and Mr. Robert Davies; instrumental singing, Mr. William Davies, South-street; sketches, Mr. C. R. Williams; stockings, Mrs. David Owen, Cross Keys art, Mr Richard Evans; walking sticks, Dr. John Jones. Messrs. John Roberts and Meredith Roberts acted as accompanist and harpist respectively. THE DRUIDS' SOCIETY. A very successful demonstration by this society was one of the most striking features in Dolgelley luring the day. In the afternoon the society numbering about 170 (adults and juveniles), paraded the principal streets headed by the Idris Brass Band, ten mounted men on horseback. The society's new banner drew great attraction. The streets were filled with spectators. After parading the streets the procession marched into the Wesleyan schoolroom, and sat down to a knife and fork tea which had been catered in a most satisfactory manner by Mr. Robert Davies. Mr. R. Guthrie Jones, N.G.A., presided over the meeting. Ad- dresses were given by the chairman (Mr. Guthrie Jones). Messrs. R. Hughes, New Mills; R. C. Richards. Cambrian Railways; Owen Pugh, Griffith Price, Richard Jones, Faner; and Mr. Megann. The secretary Mr. Robert Davies sub- mitted his annual report, which was as follows :— Increase in members during the last 12 months 40, increase in funds £ 53 7s. 5d.
— LATEST WAR NEWS.
— LATEST WAR NEWS. A telegram received from London at 7 p.m. on Wednesday says that General Roberts has turned the enemy's left to-day. The Boers immediately retreated, and the cavalry and horse artillery followed them.
BORTH. OBITUARIES —During the past few days several deaths have occurred in the neighbourhood. On Tuesday, Richard Edward Richards, formerly an assistant grocer, died after a short but painful ill- ness, at the age of 24 years. The deceased was much respected by all.—After a long illness the death took place on Thursday of John Jenkins, mariner, Adelaide- place, at the age of 50 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at Penygam cemetery. The Rev C. Jones officiated. The deceased leaves a wife and three young children to mourn their loss. His wife, who is also unwell, was unable to be present at the funeral. A collection was made for her and the young children at the funeral.—At Wednesbury on Wednesday week, the death took place, after about twelve months illness, of Miss Maggie Walters, niece of Mrs Rees, Taliesin House, at the age of 23 years. The deceased was well-known in Borth, having spent a considerable time at her niece's residence. The funeral took place at Wednesbury on Saturday. RECOGNITION.—On February 22nd at 112, Regent- street, London, a presentation was made to Capt. W. D. Jones, Convoy House, of this place, of a silver bowl on ebonized plinth by Captain R. C. Coates and his regiment as a token of respect and esteem for the worthy seaman who steered them o'er the main to South Africa. The following inscription is carved on the bowl by the Goldsmith and Silversmith, Company —"Capt. W. D. Jones. S.S. Montford, in reminisence of a pleasant voyage to the Cape on S.S. Montford from his military friends on board, November- December, 1899." Capt Jones has arrived for the second time at the Cape with the Imperial Yeomanry and H. A. C. Battery. There was a large number of persons present to witness the presentation. Capt. Jones who is one of the principal masters in the famous firm of Elder Dempster and Company,^brought home the charger of the late lamented General Wauchope. All who know Captain Jones acknowledge that he is full worthy of the great trust reposed in him, and we are glad to find that he has by his peaceful avocation been able to render his country a no mean service in its hour of trial and peril. CONCERT. On Wednesday evening a grand coucert was held at the ball rooms in aid of the Congregational chapel funds. Rev, J. C. Evans occupied the chair, and was supported on the plat- form by the Rev. J. Llewelin. Miss R. A. Jenkins, Rock House, acted as accompanist in a very credit- able manner. The following was the programme Part-song, the Talybont party pianoforte solo, Miss Florie Mevys; solo, Mr. Basil Hughes; the Board School party; solo Miss Lizzie Davies, Glanywern duett, Messrs. Prosser and Lewis solo, Mr. J. Harries recitation, Miss C. J. Pritchard solo, Miss L. M. Jones, Aberystwyth pianoforte solo, Misses Rees and Meredith solo, Miss Hughes, Corris; the Talybont party; solo, Mr. J. A. Jenkins; solo, Mr. Tom Jones; the Aberystwyth party; Pianoforte solo, Miss Blodwen Jones solo, Miss Getta Davies Board School party solo, Miss Mary Davies duett, Messrs Ellis and Williams; solo, Mr. D. T. Morgan, Talybont; solo, Miss Hughes, Corris duett, Messrs. Davies and Evans; solo, Mr. Jonn Harries; solo, Mr. Haydn Jones; the Talybont party; solo, Mr. Meyrick Edwards; finale, "God save the Queen." There was a good attendance, and an enjoyable evening was spent.