Aberystwyth College Items. PRESENTATION.—In one of the glass cases of the Quad on Tuesday was displayed a very beautiful testimonial presented to Prof. Middleton, formerly professor of Agriculture in this College, now of New- castle-on-Tyne. The names of all the students who have subscribed are to be seen written on the bottom of the testimonial. This shows how deeply respected Mr. Middleton was by all his students, and the great regret felt at his departure. CELTIC SOCIETY.-At the last meeting of this Society, held on February 28th., three very interest- ing papers were read by different members on some of the "Social heroes of Wales." Mr. John Hughes read a paper on "Thomas Edward Ellis," Miss Hetti Williams on "Ieuan Gwynedd," and Mr. Edward Jones on "S.R." The three speakers showed an intimate knowledge of the history and personality of their several subjects. They pointed out several traits in their characters which it would be well for the rising generation in Wales to copy and to carry to a higher issue, and, undoubtedly, subjects like these have a tendency to uplift those who are privileged to hear of them, and create in them a new spirit and vigour which shall strive to realise the motto "I godi'r hen wlad yn ei hoi." ST. DAVID'S DAY CELEBRATIONS.—St. David's Day was observed by all the students as a universal holiday in honour of the patron saint of Wales. This day is eagerly looked forward to by all, and the College quad (and the oval-room was the scene of busy preparation for the great soiree to be held in the evening. Evergreens bedecked the erstwhile bare walls, and the Chinese lanterns and other fancy lights gave a festive appearance to the sombre quad. Even the statue, in all its glory, seemed to feel prouder, and to enjoy paying homage to Gwalia's patron saint. Everyone felt happy and had arrayed himself in his best. The lady students had been for days preparing, and had pestered the drapers for something smart and distingue. After the reception, which was over at 7 p.m., a pro- gramme including selections from H. M. S. Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan) was gone through. From 8-30 to 9-30 refreshments were served in the quadrangle, and afterwards followed a miscellaneous concert. All the items in the programme passed off splendidly. The selections from the opera H. M. S. Pinafore too were well appreciated by the audience. The singing was on the whole good, and one or two of the singers did their part creditably, but it must be said that there was but a feeble attempt made at acting by any of them. The singers were aecompanied by a small orchestra under the conductorship of Mr. H. T. Evans, and they are to be congratulated on their per. formance. The miscellaneous items were characterized by no exceptional merit, but the Ladies Choir gave entire satisfaction to all by their rendering of "Clychau Aberdyfi" and" Llwyn Onn." The harp solo also, by Mr. Lloyd Roberts, whose services had been secured for the occasion, was greatly appreciated. Miss Jano Davies was not quite up to her usual mark, although at the same time little fault could anywhere be detected in her recitation. With regard to the comic drama entitled "The Jacobite," there is no doubt but that it was the crowning success of the evening. One or two of the characters were especially well represented, and mention should be made of Mr. D. P. Williams, in the character of John Duck, and Miss Blagg in the character of Patty Pottle. Praise also is due to the rest, who performed their parts very creditably. A very enjoyable evening terminated with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION. On Friday, Principal Roberts, the president of the Society, in the chair, is was announced that thirteen essays had been received in ,the competi- tion for the Society's medal-six written in Welsh and seven in English-the subjects chosen being Welsh black cattle, Hereford cattle. Shorthorn cattle, the wild white cattle of Chartley, experi- ments on grass land, the improvement of local fairs and markets, and old-fashioned and obsolete customs and practices in connection with agri- culture. The medal was awarded to Mr Daniel Williams, Glanrannell, Llansawel, who wrote on the last m'entioned subject. The paper on the Chartley cattle by Mr John Deaville, Chartley Lodge, Staf- fordshire, and that on Welsh black cattle by Mr J. B. Owen, Hafod, Llanboidy, were also read. In the evening the members dined at the Waterloo Hotel, and spent a pleasant musical evening to- gether. At a business meeting held the previous evening, the following office bearers were elected to act for the ensuing year :—Vice-presidents, Mr. D, D. Williams, U.C.W., Mr John Roberts, Towyn, Mr. M. H. Williams, Llansadwrn, and Mr. G. J. Davies, Lampeter; treasurer, Professor Lewis; general secretary, Mr. J. Alan Murray; local secretaries, Mr. O. W. Price, Breconshire; Mr. Walter Williams, Carmarthenshire; Mr. D. D. Evans, Cardiganshire; Mr. R. N. Jones, Brynmelyn, Merioneth; Mr. D. M. Wigley, Montgomery; Mr. John James, Pembrokeshire; Mr. A. A. Hopwood, Staffordshire. Mr. James Wilson, Fordyce, lecturer on agriculture University of Aberdeen; Mr. T. H. Middleton, professor of agriculture Durham College of Science; Mr. C. Morgan Richardson, of Noyadd Wilym, Cardiganshire, and Miss Varrell, U.C.W., were elected honorary members of the Society, and forty-two n'ew active members were admitted- It was decided to offer for competition next year a cup for the best root crop, a prize for the best yield (quantity and quality) of milk from any one cow in thirty-six weeks; a prize for the most rapidly fattened ox and a prize for the most interesting small exhibit at the annual general meeting. Arrangements were also made to secure a lecturer to give the next annual address.
ABERYSTWYTH TOWN COUNCIL. A special meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council, acting also as the Urban District Council of the Borough, was held on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Town Hall. The Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams) occupied the chair, and there were also present Mr. D. C. Roberts (ex-mayor), Alderman Peter Jones, Alderman T. Doughton, Alderman W. H. Palmer, Messrs. R. J. Jones, T. E. Salmon, E. H. James, R. Doughton, R. Peake, I. Hopkins, J. Jenkins, and E. P. Wynne, with A J. Hughes (town clerk), H. L. Evans (borough accountant), Rees Jones (borough surveyor), and C. Massey (assistant clerk). OUTFALL SEWER. The Clerk read a letter received from the Local Government Board with reference to the Council's application for sanction to borrow P-2,700 for the extension of the main outfall sewer. Before deciding on the application the Board had directed an inquiry to be held on the subject by one of their inspectors, which will take place as soon as the other engage- ments of the inspector will permit. At the same time the Board enquired whether any of the proposed works would be below high water mark. If so the consent of the Board of Trade to their construction should be applied for. PROMENADE EXTENSION. A letter was read from Mr. Mortimer Green, registrar of the College, stating the recommendations of the Council with reference to the extension of the promenade round the College buildings had been considered, and the Council of the College decided to J ask the Town Council to be good enough to re-appoint j the committee to confer with the committee of the College with the view of coming to an arrangement which would be satisfactory to both parties. Upon this subject, the Clerk read another letter from the Local Government Board enclosing a com- munication from the College authorities, the latter stating that as they had received no notice of the inquiry recently held they forwarded an extract from the minutes of the Coflege containing resolutions passed by the lx)lieg» Council and torwarciecl to the Chairman of the Public Works Committee. The Clerk said the extracts were those which had already appeared in the agenda and were embodied in the report of the Joint Committee. Mr. T. E. Salmon condemned the action of the College authorities in forwarding such a communica- tion to the Local Government Board and then asking for a committee of the Council to meet them. The Mayor said that was not quite correct. If he remembered rightly the joint conference was held on the 19th January, and he found that the date of the letter, in which the resolutions arrived at in 1895 by the College were sent up to the Local Government Board, was January 22nd. Mr. R. J. Jones: Prior to the discussion at the Council ? The Mayor pointed out that the College made no comment of any kind, but simply sent up the extract from their minutes. The Clerk then read another letter from the Local Government Board stating that they had had under consideration the report of Colonel Durnford re the application of the Council for sanction to borrow kl2,723 for the extension of the promenade. There was, however, the question of foreshore rights to be arranged with the Board of Trade, and they were not prepared to come to a decision until such question was determined. The Clerk explained that the Board of Trade had since written stating that in considera- tion of the sum of £5 as offered by the Corporation, they would be prepared to grant a conveyance of the rights and interests of the Crown is so much of the foreshore of the sea at Aberystwyth below high water mark as would be required for the purposes of the work in question. The Clerk added that he had examined the draft as submitted by the Board of Trade, and he was prepared to recommend the Council to approve of it. Consideration of these communications was then deferred to the end of the meeting, when it was decided that they should be taken in committee. Alderman Peter Jones, however, again referred to the letter sent by the College authorities to the Local Government Board. From what he could gather a joint meeting of the representatives of the College and the Corporation was held on January 19th, when he understood the question was ap- proached in a conciliatory spirit, and he was rather surprised that on the 22nd January, when the con- ditions were under discussion, this letter should have been written to the Department, because they considered the College a very important institution on the one hand, and also that the Town Council had met them in a very liberal spirit on the other hand. It might be surmised, and wrongly surmised, that there was friction existing between the Town Coun- cil and the College authorities. Alderman T. Doughton asked could they not get the promenade extended further out on the beach. After the silly notions he heard expressed at that joint meeting, he thought the College people ought to be the last to try to deter the Town Council from doing what they intended. If there was any way of extending the promenade, say 10 or 20 feet outside the present boundary, they should have it done by all means, and let the College authorities do as they liked according to their own fancies. Alderman Petar Jones did not think that would meet the difficulty. The Mayor also stated that he thought it would rather add to the difficulty. The difference between the Town Council and the College was very little, and no doubt at the next meeting the whole question would be settled in a friendly way. On the proposition of Mr D. C. Roberts, it was decided that the committee to meet the College com- mittee should consist of the whole Council. WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. The Clerk said he had received a letter from the Local Government Board sanctioning the loan of iE3,300 in respect of the erection of labouring class dwellings in Smithfield-road. The Mayor had a resolution on the agenda, that instructions be given the borough surveyor to invite tenders for the erection of eighteen houses. Mr. T. E. Salmon, having been informed that the letter was received on the 27th February, objected to any number having any advantage in perusing the letters ln-i.^e tney were read at the Council. The Mayor, in explanation, said he had been informed by the clerk that the letter had been received, and in order to expedite matters he placed the notice of motion on the agenda. It was usual also that the town clerk should communicate all correspondence to the Mayor, and if there was any fault he was willing to bear it. THE FAMINE IN INDIA. The Mayor stated he had received a letter from the Lord Mayor of London, appealing for his assistance and support in raising the fund for the relief of the sufferers by the present appalling famine in India, and suggesting that he should start a fund himself or send the letter to the local newspapers. Similar appeals were also made by Archdeacon Protheroe and Professor Angus. The Mayor said he found that in a large number of small boroughs the Mayors had simply sent the letters to the local press, with the request that the donations should be sent to the Lord Mayor. He was afraid if a fund was opened that the amount received would not be such as to justify it, having regard to what had been done recently for the war fund. He had heard some complaints with regard to the war fund, but he thought if those gentlemen would only look at the matter fairly, they would find that the amount subscribed in this district was very consider- able, if taken as a whole. The total amount collected in the town and immediate district amounted to nearly E300. Certain ladies took the matter up first of all before he was in office, otherwise he might have opened a fund. The papers also took it up, and concerts and entertainments were held. In the course of further discussion, it was agreed that the Mayor should make an appeal to churches and chapels for collections on behalf of the Indian Famine Fund. A NUISANCB. Mr. Thomas Owens, as secretary, wrote on behalf of the congregation worshipping at Tabernacle com- plaining of the grave nuisance occasioned by the volumes of steam thrown off from the electrical works in Mill-street. These were so dense and offensive at times as to make it almost impossible to carry on the services, especially in the schoolroom, with any sense of satisfaction or edification. Several members concurred that this was a serious nuisance, and on the motion of Alderman Peter Jones it was decided that the surveyor should bring in a report on the matter, and that in the meantime a copy of the letter be sent to the Company with the request that they should endeavour to improve the existing state of things. ACROSS THE RHEIDOL. A communication was read from Mr. Roderick Williams asking the Council to permit a wire car across the Rheidol. Arrangements would be made to lower the wire at a moment's notice, and for the wire to be left down all night. He also desired to know what the Council would charge for the exclusive right of the same. The communication was referred to the Harbour Committee. HISTORY OF ABBRTSTWYTH. Mr. G. Eyro Evans, Tanybryn, wrote applying, in view of a proposed history of Aberystwyth which he was now working up, for the loan of the presentment books and other records in the possession of the Council. The Clerk said it would be very undesirable to part with these old books. He was having the pre- sentment books copied, however, and Mr. Evans could come to his office and take extracts therefrom, and he would be prepared to assist him in any way. The Mayor, in supporting the application, said it was astonishing the very little information they had in reference to their town. He thought Mr. Evans should have access to the old Court Leet and any of the presentment books. Alderman Peter Jones proposed, and Mr. R. Peake seconded, that the request be granted, and this was unanimously agreed to, the Mayor adding that he thought it would be a very valuable thing for the town. DR. BEDDOES' LEASK. The Mayor announced that since the previous meet- ing he had received a letter, written by Dr. Beddoes, in reference to 33, North-parade. It contained' matters the Council had nothing to do with, but he finished up by askiug the Council not to grant to the Rev. J. Pugh Morgan the renewal of the lease. On the previous Saturday Dr. Beddoes came to him making certain enquiries, and be informed him that he had things in his letter which the Council had nothing to do with. He also informed him that terms were given to the Rev John P. Morgan and had been accepted. He found since his interview with him that Dr. Beddoes had sent printed circulars to the members of the- Council. He might inform them that the circular and the letter were not identical. Several items in the circular were not included in the letter. He thought he might merely mention the matter, though he did not think the Council should be the medium to give vent to any grievance which any particular person might have. Mr. T. E. Salmon said he would like to ask the question whether it was true he had not complied with the decision of the magistrates. The Chairman said he would suggest that they should not discuss it at all, because terms had been given to the Rev. Pugh Morgan, and those had to be carried out. Having mentioned the latter part of the letter he thought he had done his duty in regard to it. RENEWAL OF LEASES. The Finance Committee recommended that all renewal of leases be granted on a rateable value graduated scale, including present applications. Alderman Palmer moved the adoption of the recommendation, with the elimination of the words "including present applications," as he saw Mr Salmon had a motion on the agenda dealing with those. Mr R. Peake seconded the adoption of the recom- mendation, as they could then, by giving due notice, formulate a new scale. Mr D. C. Roberts said he had intended moving an amendment. He fully agreed with the Committee's recommendation, but he wished to limit its scope. He intended that the recommendation should only apply to applications received after that date. The Mayor suggested that the recommendation be limited to the applications on the agenda on December 5th., which were referred back with the view of considering the difference between rateable value and site scales. After further discussion, it was unanimously decided that the recommendation of the Finance Committee should apply to applications made subse- quent to the 5th. December last, and that the exist- ing basis should apply to applications made before that date. SCIHNCH AND ART CLASSES. Alderman W. H. Palmer moved that the Mnvor be authorised to affix the Corporate seal to a memorial to the Secretary of the Department of Science and Art, praying for aid towards the art school proposed to be erected at Aberystwyth. Alderman Peter Jones, who seconded, said the question had been asked, and he misinformed the gentleman who asked it, whether there was the probability of getting assistance from the Imperial Exchequer. It appeared that the Department still made grants, and under the circumstances they asked for the co-operation of the Council in making the application. Mr. R. J, Jones seconded, and the resolution was unanimously carried. TOWN HALL ALTERATIONS. The Mayor announced that Mr. Morgan (architect) was now busily engaged in completing the plans of the Town Hall, so that the Council would be able to make an application for a Local Government Board Inquiry, and they would probably be ready by the next meeting. TENDERS FOR WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. The Mayor moved that the surveyor invito tenders for the erection of the 18 workmen's dwellings in Smithfield-road. In reply to Alderman Peter Jones, the Mayor said the surveyor could invite tenders for as many houses as ground had been prepared for. He understood the ground was ready for six houses now. The proposition was then agreed to. RENEWALS ON SITE SCALE. Mr. T. E. Salmon had given notice to move that the following applications for leases be granted on the site scale :-Messrs. Green and Colquhoun, Terrace- road Mr. William Morton, 42, Terrace-road Mrs. Rea, 10, Portland-street; Mr. Thos. Lloyd, 5, Poplar- row Mr. Thomas Davies, 12, Thespian-street. The Mayor asked was it Mr. Salmon's wish that these should be put to the meeting after the resolution already passed. Mr. Salmon replied in the affirmative. It might be said that they were giving the Corporation property away, but the rateable value in the case of Messrs Green & Colquhoun would rise from igIO to £ 25; Mr. Morton would increase about iE25 Mrs. Rea some- thing like Z13; Mr. Thomas Lloyd, L8; and Mr. Thomas Davies, j212. The Mayor said that the whole of these recom- mendations as they appeared on the agenda were inaccurate, and they could not be fully considered without amending all of them. He would ask Coun- cillor Salmon to allow the whole to be referred back. Mr. Salmon eventually agreed to the suggestion of the Mayor, and it was unanimously decided that all the recommendations be referred back, so that accurate details could be given.
00 Aberystwyth Infirmary. CONFIRMATION -OF RULES. A special meeting of the governors and sub- scribers of the Aberystwyth Infirmary and Cardi- ganshire General Hospital was held on Saturday morning last, at the Town Hall, for the purpose of confirming the rules adopted at the annual general meeting. In the absence of the president (Mr, G, J. W.Bonsall). Alderman Peter Jones was voted to the chair, and there were also present:- Mrs. Jessie Williams, Dr. A. Thomas, Mr. J. D. Perrott, Mr. William Thomas, Alderman W. H. Palmer, Mr. Evan Evans, Mr. Thomas Owens, Captain James, Rev. T. A. Penry, Mr. D. Lloyd (Portland-street), Mr. R. Doughton, Mr. J. Gibson, Mrs. James, and Dr. James (house surgeon). The Chairman explained the reason for conven- ing the meeting. It appeared that certain altera- tions in the rules were effected at an adjourned annual meeting, and that a special meeting was held immediately afterwards to confirm those rulee. This it appeared according to Rule 59 was illegal, and hence the holding of this meeting. Rule 59 read as follows:—" No alteration or addition to the rules shall be made except aL the annual general meeting or some adjournment thereof, or at a special general meeting duly convened for that purpose by a requisition signed by at least twenty Governors, and no alteration shall come into opera- tion until it has been confirmed at a subsequent meeting to be held within a fortnight, notice of which meeting, and of the proposed alterations having been sent three days at least before the confirmatory meeting of the governors." The Rev. T. A. Penry pointed out in regard to rule 35 that it was decided to omit the latter part of that at the previous meeting, but it had come in again by some inadvertence. Mr. Gibson said he also thought that was omitted. But he felt that if the Chairman's ruling was right at the last meeting then the whole of the proceedings at the last meeting werdinvalid. That I was a pers01-1 cf bi,, own. "Perhaps it would be as convenient any time-though he was aware it was irregular, and though he was aware there was no motion before the meeting-to say that he thought the minutes were incorrect, and he was going to object to the whole pro- ceedings. The Chairman asked what was the alteration. Rev. T. A. Penry: It was passed at the last meeting that the last clause should be omitted. Mr. Gibson: The rule reads that the Manage- ment Committee should not have power to revise the decision of the medical man. Snbject to the alteration that the words who shall have the right to revise his decision being eliminated from rule 35, the Rev. T. A. Penry moved, and Mr. Thomas Owens, seconded, that the minutes of the previous meeting be confirmed. Mr. Gibson said as far as he was concerned he had very little to say, but thought it ought to be said. At the adjourned meeting held a fort- night ago he moved an amendment to one of the rules, which would have enabled the sub- scribers to meet four times a year. The Chairman, either rightly or wrongly-it was not for him to say-ruled that amendment out of order on the ground that he had not given notice of the amend- ment. Now, if that ruling was right, then none of these rules were rightly passed, because no notice wasjgiven, nor was any notice required to alter the rules of this institution at a general meeting. If on the other hand the ruling of the Chairman was wrong-he was not going to say whether it was right or wrong-then these rules were not what they ought to be, because if he had been allowed to proceed, and the meeting had agreed with him, these rules would have been different to what they were now because the ruling of the Chairman pre- vented him making any alteration, and, therefore, made all the rules subsequently made invalid- He was aware that this meeting: was not competent to alter anything done at the last meeting, because this was a special meeting. All he wished to do was to reiterate quite briefly that it seemed to him very important that this institution should not have its linterests narrowed by destroying the interests of the subscribers, as he thought the tendency of these rules was to limit the interests of the subscribers and give greater power to the body elected annually. He only wished to put himself right with the institu- tion, and with the subscribers, as it seemed to him that this battle would now have to be fought. The rules bad always been imperfect. They were badly drawn in the first instance. He was on the com- mittee that drew them up, but he could not help himself; there were difficulties. He thought the rules were still very incomplete, and very badly drawn up, and the whole thing was in a very un- fortunate position. But he intended, as he said before, to see if he could not get this thing al- tered. He was aware it would be a long and difficult task, but they had fought these matters before, and it seemed to him it would have to be fought again. His contention was that if they confirmed these rules they would not be valid, and if they were valid they were invalid now because of the fact that he was ruled out of order on one resolution which he thought was essential to the success of the institution. The Chairman You move no amendment? Mr Gibson: I move no amendment. I think it is a matter of procedure for you. If you decide that you are competent to confirm these rules, although I was ruled out of order on the ground that no notice was given, then you take your action. I don't want to raise the fight, and en- large on what was said at the last meeting. I don't think it is a matter of providing food either for my newspaper or any other newspaper, but it is a matter for the institution. I don't say everybody has not the cause of the institution at heart as much as I have. If I could imagine myself out of it I would advise this meeting not to confirm these rules, but that the House Committee should draft new rules with the help and advice of the subscribers, and try to find the best way for the conduct of the institution. The Chairman: As far as I can glean from the report of the proceedings at the annual meeting the question of revision of rules was suggested, and it was agreed that the alterations should be printed and circulated. Mr. Gibson For our use and to [enable us to understand them. The Chairman added that at the subsequent meeting it was certainly in accordance with the rules that they bad the power of dealing with the alterations. It was a point on which he should not like to sit in judgement, as it was, technically speaking, going into the question of whether the chairman's ruling at the last meeting was right or not. This, certainly, was a legal meeting, because it was in accordance with the rules stipulated, and he would not like to go and review the conduct of the chairman at the last meeting. Mr. Gibson But it will have to be reviewed. The Chairman But no exception was taken to it then. Mr. Gibson Ob, yes, I objected. The Chairman But there is no record of it in the minutes. Mr Gibson said it was not a question of right. It was a question of whether, under the circum- stances which had arisen, it was wise to exercise his (the chairman's) right. Suppose they confirmed these rules, then this question would have to be raised in another form, in a form that could not be exactly friendly. He thought they must "all see that they could not rule a perfectly legal, regular alteration out of order, which would have altered these rules, and then proceed as if the ruling had not been given. Mr. W. Thomas said Mr. Gibson more than once had told them that he himself was irregular. He (the speaker) understood the object of this meeting was to confirm or otherwise the rules now as they were before them. He 'could only say that Mr- Gibson at the first annual meeting strongly objected to anv alteration taking place without full time to consider those alterations. He thought he was quite right, but at the last meeting Mr. Gibson himself proposed a very important resolution which he wanted put to the meeting without any notice whatever of it. He was not going into the regularity or irregularity of that, but simply wished to point out the inconsistency of the thing. He moved that these rules as altered and presented to the meeting be confirmed. Mr. Gibson said there was no inconsistency whatever. If his amendment had been passed, it would have been considered as these amendments had been considered, and it was ridiculous to say that there was any inconsistency. The Chairman suggested that it should first of all be decided whether he should be authorised to sign the minutes of the previous meeting, as a correct record of what took place. This was agreed to, and the minutes were un- animously confirmed. Mr. W. Thomas then moved the confirmation of the rules as altered and revised, and Mr. R. Doughton seconded. Mr. Gibson said in order that the thing might be before the meeting, he would move that this meet- ing be adjourned to some date which the House Management Committee might appoint. Mr. W. Thomas contended that the Management Committee bad no right to appoint a date. The person who complained of the Management Com- mittee having too much power was desirous of giving them more, Mr. Gibson I did npt complain of them having too much power. I don't ask you to understand anything. Rev. T. A, Penry asked would it' not be well for them to appoint a date. This meeting had no con- nection at all with the House Managment Com- mittee. The Chairman said any meeting that would have to be appointed for this purpose would have to be specially convened by a requisition signed by 20 members. Whether they wished to leave in abey- ance the bringing of these rules into operation was another matter. Mr. Gibson said his object was to avoid what appeared a very unfortunate course of procedure. Of course, he did not mean to move an impossible resolution. He did not see any difficulty in ad- journing this matter sine die, and anybody pro- ceeding to get a special general meeting. Dr. A. Thomas The only difference between Mr. Gibson and ourselves is that he moved a resolu- tion Mr. Gibson I did not move a resolution. Dr. Thomas It is within Mr. Gibson's power to carry out the object he has in view by calling a special meeting. Mr. Gibson: I don't want you to teach me my power. Dr. Thomas (to Mr. Gibson): It is simply a matter of getting your own way, nothing else. Mr. Gibson If I want to get my own way this meeting will see I don't get it. Dr, Thomas: It is only a small matter. If he wants an alteration in the rules he can Mr. Gibson I don't want you to teach me what to do. Dr. Thomas: You like to create a disturbance, nothing else. Mr. Gibson: I never do two things at a time. Mrs. James then seconded the amendment to have the matter adjourned. On being put to the meeting neither Mr. Gibson, the mover, nor Mrs. James, the seconder, voted for the amendment, and Mr. Thomas' proposition was declared unanimously carried. In reply to Mr. Thomas, the Chairman said it was unnecessary to give any authority to the Management Committee to have the rules as revised printed, as it would be within their province to have that work carried out.
North Cardiganshire Cob Society. A general meeting of the subscribers to this society was held on Monday afternoon at the Lion Royal Hotel. Mr Lewis Pryse, Aberllolwyn, was voted to the chair, and amongst those also present were Dr James, Y Fagwyr Messrs R. C. Richards, J. M. Williams, Lewis Williams, Evan Richards, Jenkins (Rywel), John Joseph, J. Parry, R. Williams (veter- inary surgeon), John Jones (Ynyshir), James Jones (Tyllwyd), S. Davies (Glanyrafon), W. Davies, J. J. James, W. Morris (Tynllechwedd), David Jones (Rhydychain), Isaac Jones, John Jones (Penuwch), and Rufus Williams (hon. sec.) The principal object of the meeting was to test the feeling of the members upon the question of holding an entire show instead of a cob show as at present. After a long discussion, Mr Lewis Williams, Abermaide, proposed, and Mr Evan Richards, Penuwch, seconded, that an entire show be organised.—Mr Davies, Glanyrafon, proposed an amendment, which was seconded, that a cob show be held as hitherto.—On a division, the amendment was carried by a good majority. It was then proposed by Dr. James that a prize of £30 be given for the best cob, being £10 more than last year, and £5 for the best cart horse, the latter, it being pointed out, to travel the district as well.—Mr S. Davies seconded.—Mr Williams, Aber- maide, moved an amendment, and Mr Williams, Brynbwl, seconded, that £ 20 be given for the best cob, and P.5 for the cart horse.—The original pro- position was carried. On the proposition of Mr R. Williams, seconded by Dr James, it was decided that one judge be secured for the cobs and one for the cart horses. The one selected for the former was Mr Evans, Bronwylfa, Wrexham, a well-known exhibitor and a judge at the Royal Agricultural Hall, .Islington. For the cart horses, Mr Moffatt, Falcondale, was appointed. It was decided to apply to the Town Council for the use of their field at the Smithfield whereon to hold the Show on Monday, April 2nd, and also to appeal to the same body for a subscription toward the funds of the Society. A resolution was also passed that the cart horse travel the district and be in Aberystwyth every alternate Monday.
County School Governing Body. A meeting of the Governors of the Aberystwyth County School was held on Friday evening last, at the Council Chamber, Town Hall. Mr George Davies, J.P., presided, and there were present Mrs Jessie Williams, Miss Maria Jones, Rev T. Levi, Professor Genese, Archdeacon Protheroe, and Mr John Evans (clerk). The Clerk reported that the full Sandow's drill had been adopted for the boys at the school, and Miss Thomas would also take the girls in Swedish drill. A requisition was made by Mr Howells for a monocode, filter pump, and chemicals for the use of the chemistry class, and it was decided that these be granted. A communication was read from the Science and Art Department stating that their Inspector had recently inspected the classes in chemistry and mathematics, and found them very well conducted. It was also hoped that a properly equipped labora- tory might before long be provided.—The Chair- man thought this was a grand opportunity for Welshmen who had left Wales and made their fortunes to immortalise their names by pro- viding a laboratory for the school.—The Clerk- believed that a loan could be secured to cover the cost.This gave rise to a discussion upon the question of collecting promised subscriptions and securing new subscriptions.—The Chairman said that as persons who bad promised knew the school wanted money he thought they would have voluntarily fulfilled their promises.—The Clerk said they read recently that the only people to be blamed were those who had paid, and the only people not to be blamed were those who had not paid.—Professor Genese proposed that the Mayor be invited to issue a circular or publish something on the matter in the press earnestly inviting pay- ment of former promises, and soliciting new promises.—Mrs. Williams doubted whether anyone would come forward without a personal call.— Professor Genese said no effort bad been made since Lord Rendel bad given them the £300, and he thought the present would be an opportune time to make an appeal. He believed it was true that some persons bad been put down who had made no promises.—The Clerk said all the promises were published in the newspapers at the time they were made, and none were repudiated then.—The Chair- man thought it was infra dig to go dunning people for money. People, he thought, should pay their debts of honour.—Professor Genese enquired whether the churches and chapels could not put aside a Sunday to make collections for the school. —Archdeacon Protheroe said his Sundays were all filled.-Rev. T. Levi thought that would not lighten their burden very much, as the collections prob- ably would not realise more than £40 or £ 50.— The Clerk stated that they required nearly <6900. —The Chairman reiterated that he would like to make an appeal in some way to Welshmen who had left Wales and made their fortunes.—Professor Genese's resolution, that the Mayor be invited to make an appeal for subscriptions was then seconded by Mrs Williams, and unanimously agreed to.—The Chairman's suggestion was also favourably received, and it was decided to endeavour to ascertain the names of wealthy Welshmen outside the Principality with the view of making an appeal to them.—Miss Jones, as a member of the visiting committee, submitted a report, and recommended the purchase of certain school requisites, which it was decided should be purchased.
LLANILAR. CONFIRMATION SERVICE was held at the Parish Church on Monday afternoon last, when Bishop Lloyd confirmed about a dozen candidates from this and the surrounding churches. OBITUARY.—Quite a gloom was cast over the little village, when at noon last Tuesday, the sad news of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards was whispered round. As was mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, Mrs. Edwards had retired from business (grocery), after a severe attack of the dread influenza which left her very weak, but she seemed to be recuperating her strength, but a slight chill last week put her back again, and on Z, Friday night a decided turn for the worse was perceptible, she rallied somewhat on Sunday, and on Monday hopes were entertained she would pull through once more, but during the night she gradually sank, and the end came as stated at noon on Tuesday. Mrs. Edwards was 68 years of age, and leaves a daughter (Mrs. Lloyd) to mourn her loss. Deep sympathy is felt for Mrs. Lloyd and her little girl, who had always lived with her grand- mother. The funeral will take place on Friday at 3 o'clock. PETTY SESSIONS.—The presiding magistrates at the monthly Petty Sessions held on Friday last were Rev. T. Mason Jones and Mr. Thomas Grit ths.-The Rev. J. G. Morgan, Aberffrwd, was summoned at the instance of Mr. J. Rowlands, sanitary inspector, for not complying with an order to provide privy accommodation on his premises at Aberffrwd. The case was adjourded.—David Jenkins, Glangouse, was also summoned for refusing to repair a dwelling which had bean declared unfit for human habitation, and the Bench ordered that unless the work was done within a fortnight that a penalty of 10s. per day be imposed as long as the work was left undone.
BiriDs, marriages and Deaths. DEATHS. ATWOOD—6th March, at Cliff View, Victoria- terrace, Aberystwyth, JEdgar Atwood, solicitor. aged 52 years. EDWARDS—March 2nd, at Aelfor-terrace, Bar- mouth, Jennie, daughter of Mr Griffith Edwards, aged 9 years. HERBERTS—March 2nd, at Waunfawr, Elizabeth, wife of Jenkin Herberts, aged 59 years. JENKINS--March 1st, at Adelaide-place, Borth, John Jenkins, mariner, aged 50 years. JONES—5th March, at Llanbadarn, Averinah, daughter of Edward Jones, Factory, aged 17 years. OWENS—February 26tb, at Brithdir, Mrs Owens, wife of Mr David Owens, blacksmith. PRITCHARD—March 5th, at 67, Eversley-street, Liverpool, John Robert, second son of the late Robert Pritchard, of Denbigh. Funeral at Towyn (Wednesday). ROBERTS—February 28th, at Penybont, Clarach, Mary, wife of Richard Roberts, aged 77 years. RICHARDS—March 6th, at Borth, Richard E. Richards, grocer's assistant, aged 24 years. WILLIAMS—March 6th, at Glanmorgan, Barmouth, Owen Williams, tailor, aged 60 years. WALTERS—February 29th, at Wednesbury, Miss Maggie Walters, eldest daughter of Mr. John Walters, formerly porter at Lampeter Station, aged 23 years.
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ABERYSTWYTH. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Tuesday, of Mr Edgar Atwood, solicitor, at the age of 52. EARLY CLOSING ASSOCIATIOx.-The shop assistants will hold their annual meeting at the Eagle Resturant at 8 30 p.m. on Thursday. LORD LIEUTENANTS WAR FUND.—The crew of the S.S. Glanvstwvth have contributed the sum of £3 6s. to the war fund. THE CASTLE GUNS.—The war authorities have fixed on the Castle grounds a pedestal for support- ing a range finder for the cannons. It is enclosed in ornamental wire railings. 'WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION.—We have been given to understand that a meeting of this Associa- tion was held last week, when an excellent paper -wa, read by Miss. K. Levi. PUBLIC NOTICE.-Next Wednesday morning a Local Government Board Enquiry will be held at the Town Hall into the application of the Corpora- tion to borrow to sum of £ 2.900 for public im- provements. AN ABERYSTWYTH MAN IN PRETORIA.—Twelve soldiers belonging to the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers were taken prisoners by the Boers in the battle of Paardeberg on 18th February. Among them is Private Edward Edwards of this town. CUP MATCHES.—The contest for the South Wales cup will be played at Aberdare on Saturday -week, the rival team being Rogerston. The semi- final match for the Welsh cup will be played at Oswestry on Saturday, 31st March. CONFIRMATION SERVICES.The Lord Bishop of Swansea, held a confirmation service at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. The candidates presented were from the Churches of St. Michael's, St. Mary's Eglwysnewydd, and Holy Trinity, and numbered in all 56. Archdeacon Protheroe and the Rev. Prebendary Williams acted as Bishop's Chaplains. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the As- sessment Committee of the Aberystwyth Union was held on Monday at the New Market Hall, Mr W. A. Miller presiding. The overseers of the township of Uchayndre presented a supplemental valuation list, which was approved of.—The Clerk was directed to request the overseers of Aberystwyth to bring in a new supplemental valuation list dealing with the University College buildings, and other heredita- mentsrequiring re-adjustment. GIFT TO TH. INFIRMARY.—A most valuable and acceptable gift has just been made to the Women's ward at the Infirmary by the Countess Amherst, (late Countess of Lisburne), being a beautiful painting of herself. Countess Amherst, has always evinced a deep interest in the institu- tion, to which she pays regular visits whenever she comes to the neighbourhood. The gift was re- ceived through Mr. J. D. Perrott, who is a member of the Management Committee. THRUSTS IN THE DARK.—Considerable annoy- ance is felt at frequent intervals by residents in the upper part of the town through a hobby which somemysterious person has of presenting gifts of prussic aoid to valuable and harmless dogs. This anonymous generosity cannot be put down to accident as it has occurred too often within the past year, and the quantity in each dose is invari- fLblv effective. The last victim of this cruel freak is "Bruno," the fine St. Bernard belonging to Mr T. Davies, draper. PHYSICAL DRILL CLASS.—The progress made by the members during the last six months was given in the display given last Friday evening before the Chief Constable of the County, (Mr. Howell Evans) and a party of gentleman including Messrs. J. D. Perrott (County Treasurer), J. R. Rees (N. and S. Wales Bank), Jack Thomas, D. Morgan (Eagle Foundry), &c. The whole of the Town Hall floor was occupied for the various drills in Sandow exercises, bar-bell practices, and single-sticks boots. It is expected that a display before an invited number of local gentlemen will be given at the dose of the present term. CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.— The weekly meeting of the Ysgoldy was held on Friday evening last, the Rev. D. A. Jones (vice- president) in the chair. The programme was as follows :-Pianoforte solo, Miss Newell; humorous reading, Mr. E. Ellis song, Miss Thorp; extempore address, Mr. Rea. Richards, Heart of Oak; Welsh recitation, Mr. D. Davies; flute solo, Mr. 'J. Hine; English address, Mr* W. M. Wright; recitation, Mr. D. Thorley Welsh addres, Isaac Rees; short speech, Rev. D. A. Jones. After the programme was gone through a short discussion took place. Mr. Lloyd will draw up next week's programme, when it is expected the juveniles of the Band of Hope will take part. B.W.T.A.—There was a good attendance at the popular weekly entertainment of the British Women's Temperance Association, held on Satur- day evening last at the New Market Hall. The following was the programme gone through:- Pianoforte duet, Misses Jones and Doughton; solo, Miss P. Thorpe (with piano and mandoline accom- paniment) recitation, Master J. Wilkinson; solo, Miss Pollie Jones; recitation, Mr. D. Davies; solo, Miss Edith Owen recitation, Miss E. Warrington solo, Miss Rosie Jones; song, Miss Thorp; recita- tion, Mr. John James. The chair was taken by Mr. Williams, Post Office, and the progromme was got up by Miss Warrington. Mrs. Lloyd, Green Bank, and Miss Roberts, South-terrace, presided at the coffee stall. GOOD TEMPLARS.—A successful gathering of the Ystwyth Lodge of Good Templars took place at the Progress Hall on Friday evening under the presi- dency of Mr J. W. Jones. Amongst those who took part in the entertainment were Misses Pritchard, Jenkins, Pollie Jones, Lizzie Owen, Pollie Richards, Messrs J. Arthur Jenkins, E. Lloyd Jones, D. Davies. Walter Jones, Richard Evans, and R. J. Thomas. There was a large attendance, and tha meeting was honoured with the presence of the High Chief Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Wales, Mr O. N. Jones, who was on a visit to the town to make arrangements for the conference of the Grand Lodge to be held here during Whit week. Mr Jones complimented the Ystwyth Lodge on its flourishing and prosperous condition. It was his pleasant duty to pay an occasional visit to all the Lodges in the Principality, but he could not recall to mind another society so active and persevering in its efforts to promote temperance, and he thought the 300 members should make their power felt in the neighbourhood. The Rev. D. R. Williams, Salem, Rev. T. Vaughan and Mr Richard Jones also gave suitable addresses. ENTERTAINMENT AT THE WORKHOUSE,—The annual entertainment to the inmates at the Work- house was given on Tuesday evening, when the chair was occupied by Mr. G. F. Roberts. The programme, which was a miscellaneous one, con- sisted of lantern views illustrative of South Africa, which was described by Mr. Hugh Hughes. Amongst those who contributed sougs, duetts etc., were Miss Morgan, Master Tommy Jones, Miss Eunice Lewis, Miss Clatworthy, Mr. L. M. Joneli and Mr. Hadyn Jones, Miss Maggie Davies, Master John Arthur Hughes, Miss Molly Owen, Mr. M. Davies and Mr. J. A. Jenkins, etc. At the close of the meeting Mr. Jones (Master) proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Roberts and all ladies and gentlemen who had taken part, and informed all present that Mr. Roberts had kindly provided refreshments in the shape of tea, coffee, buns, tobacco, etc., for all the inmates and those who had taken part in the proceedings. Mr. D. C. Owen, builder, seconded the vote of thanks, which was carried with exclamation. EVENING CONTINUATION SCHOOL.—The session was brought to a close in a very happy manner on Monday, when over sixty pupils of both departments of the evening continuation classes under Mr J. E. Parry and Miss Stott were entertained to a splen- did knife-and-fork tea at the Waterloo Hotel by Mrs Griffith. Due justice having been done to the good things provided and the male pupils having got over their bashfulness, an elaborate pro- gramme consisting of choruses, songs, recitations, etc., was gone through by:the pupils aud others. A hearty vote of thanks to Mrs Griffith for her generosity brought a most enjoyable evening to a close. It is to be hoped that the praiseworthy efforts made in this way to make the institution as attractive as possible will result in an increased number of young people attending the night school next session in the course of which it is proposed to have more than one social evening similiar to the above. The classes have been well attended dur- ing the past winter and in one department alone the entrance fees of 15 pupils have been refunded for regular attendance. t THE LADYSMITH REJOICINGS. -Early on Thurs- day morning the good news of the relief of Lady- smith was flashed through to Aberystwyth and in the space of a few minutes the whole town was alive with the news. The first telegram was re- ceived by Mr John Roberts, tobacconist, and in about an hour confirmatory telegrams came through the Central News agency. Immediately, the whistles of all the engines at the station were sounded creating a tremendous noise and the engines were soon joined by a whistle which had been fixed in Green's foundry and this kept by its tune incessantly during the whole of the morning. In the streets everyone wore a smiling face and every scrap of bunting was brought to light and floated in the breeze. During the dinner hour the town band, conducted by Mr Jack Edwards, paraded the streets playing in splendid style Rule Britannia" and See the Conquering Hero comes." The afternoon was observed as a general holiday and Councillor Peake set to work to organise a torchlight procession in the evening. He found no difficulty in getting the necessary material and assistance and soon after dusk the procession was formed opposite the Town Hall with about a hundred torchlight bearers. Headed by the Town Band they marched gaily through Queen's-road, along the Terrace-road, Great Darkgate-street, Pier- street, Little Darkgate-street and Market-street, where a halt was made in front of the Talbot Hotel. Hearty cheers having been given to the heroes in the battle the band struck" God Save the Queen" and the crowd dispersed everyone feel- ing much happier than they had done since the beginning of this awful war. PETTY SESSIONS.—These Sessions were held on Wednesday, before Messrs Thos. Griffiths, John Morgan, H. J. Jones, John Lewis, and Ed. Evans. Four hours extension was granted Mr R.Williams, Lion Hotel, on the occasion of a ball on the 9th inst. -John Harris, Fenglais-road, Aberystwyth, was charged by Anne Harris with using threatening language towards her on February 27th. The case was dismissed. WELCOME VISITORS.-We are gratified to learn that Ir. W. H. Gough, the energetic superintendent of the Cambrian Railways, has succeeded in inducing the superintendents of the English, Scotch and Welsh Railways to hold their next conference at Aberyst- wvth. The meetings will be held in the Queen's Hotel in April, and it is expected representatives will be sent by all Railway Companies in the Kingdom. It is hoped the visitors will carry away a favourable impression of the town, and that the meetings will result in improved facilities being afforded to tourists and others visiting the place during the summer months. The welfare of a watering place depends very largely on the interest taken in it by the Railway Companies. THE PAXTON SOCIETY.—A meeting of the above society was held at the College on Wednesday evening, when the chair was occupied by W. H. Colby, Esq., Caaregwan vice-president. A highly' instructive lecture on Peas as a Garden Crop' was delivered by Mr. J. L. Pickard, lecturer in horticulture, U.C.W. and was much appreciated by the members, who accorded to Mr. Pickard a very hearty vote of thanks for his valuable iufor- mation as to proper trenching, manuring, and planting, and also as to the best mode of protecting the plants from the ravages of birds, mice, &c. Three new names were proposed for membership. THE RADICALS AND ST. DAVID.- The anniver- sary of the patron saint was celebrated in a thoroughly loyal and patriotic fashion at the weekly meeting of the Junior Radical Club on Friday evening. The meeting took the form of a mis- cellaneous concert, and its excellent:programme was composed of solos, duetts, choruses, recitations etc. Every item on the programme was rendered in the language of Adda Jones, the order of the day being Gwnewch bobpeth yn Gymraeg." The room was filled with an enthusiastic audience and the artistes acquitted themselves with great credit. A short account of Saint David was given by the Chairman, Mr. T. J. Samuel, solicitor, who strongly urged that the memory of the good old saint should be perpetuated in honour of the admirable qualities which he possessed, and also for the purpose of welding the nation together. Amongst others who took part were Messrs D. E. Jones, Samuel Hopkins, W. Lewis, G. Haydn Jones, E. T. Evans, J. Thomas, J. H. Roberts, Willie Hughes, J. A. Phillips, A Lloyd Williams, T. B. Hall, Griffith Ellis, James Rees. The entertainment was pro- moted by Messrs Jenkin Humphreys, Jack Price and J. H. Roberts. Next week MrjDavid Samuel, M.A., will give an address on "Bits ofaberystwyth.' Those who wish to be present should have no difficulty in gaining admission free of charge as each members allowed to bring:with him a friend »
London Letter. [ FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. I London, Wednesday Afternoon. REJOICINGS. The public rejoicings on the receipt of the news that Ladysmith had been relieved, was a thing once seen, never to be forgotten. Perhaps it arose from a feeling of delight after the gloom occasioned by the un- paralleled series of reverses which have shattered British prestige, and perhaps it was also the result of the joy felt at the capture of Cronje and the relief of Ladysmith In any case the people of London had a perfect right to enjoy themselves, and to feel elated at the success of British arms. It is, however, unfortunate that this feeling of elation should exhibit itself in such an unimaginative form. The Welsh people would have held a big meeting with speeches and a lot of singing, the Irish would have made a procession to the grave of Parnell and also have held a mass meeting, the Londoners however contented themselves with shouting hoarsely, parading the streets in tumultuous crowds andnot a few with getting drunk, on something other than joy. One could not help comparing the revels witnessed in the streets of London on Thursday night with the terrible want and suffering of the relieved in Ladysmith. SIR REDVERS BULLER. The one fact which I think stands out with boldness in South African affairs this week is that Sir Redvers Buller was well worthy the trust reposed in him. Few men have gone through such a terrible ordeal, and have come out heroes. When he arrived in the Cape he was told that Ladysmith must be relieved at all costs as Mr. Chamberlain had given a pledge to that effect. His own opinion was that the relief of Ladysmith was almost an impossibility. But instead of sending one of the subordinate generals to Natal and going himself to Kimberley henobly sacrificed hisown prestige to try and do the impossible. Had he gone to Kimberley, he could probably have relieved it before Christmas, but he preferred giving Methuen a chance. However, Ladysmith, after undergoing terrible sufferings, has been relieved, and Sir Redvers Buller has achieved a great victory. THE BOERS. What will be the effect of these two misfortunes on the Boers? Will they give in? A great many good people who have read nothing on this South African question, think that the Boer will now give in and meekly obey his great hearted, high-souled patron. But there are grave reasons to question the truth of this. In the first place the Boer will never give in, the males may be killed off, but they will never give in. The women and children will probably migrate to Portugese and German Africa, and there nurse the bitterest feelings of hatred towards the English and when the time comes, there will be another and maybe bitterer war than this. This is the opinion of those who know the Boers best. It also fits in with their previous history. I read in the Times this week that the Free State forces will, in the event of a repulse, retire to the Transvaal, and unite with their brethern there, and fight to the end. England is shaping a nation in South Africa every British bullet clinches the immature feelings of patriotism in the breast of every Boer and South African Dutchman. All the noblest nations of the world have been welded thus. WELSH MEETINGS. The annual dinners on St. David's Day and the preaching services on St. David's eve passed off much as usual. Sir W. Harcourt attended the Cymru Fydd Dinner, and made a speech, in which he praised Messrs. Lloyd George and S. T. Evans, and said he had never listened to two better speeehes jthan those delivered by these two members this Session. Speeches were also delivered by Messrs. Lloyd George, Wood- ward Owen, and Elfed Lewis; and on the whole the dinner was most successful. The first Carmarthenshire dinner was held at Holborn Restaurant on Saturday, when Mr. Llewelyn Williams occupied the chair, and a large number of Carmarthenshire men attended. It was decided to make it an annual affair similar to those already held for Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. The next Cardiganshire dinner will probably be held about the second week in May.