From the Banks of the Dovey. The relief of Ladysmith was hailed here on Thurs- day with frantic delight and noisy rejoicings. Terrific excitement prevailed throughout the town— boys shouted and shrieked, thé church bells clanged and clashed, and the engines most effectually did their little best to swell the din. All sober business for a time was at a standstill—the streets suddenly blossomed forth into bunting-scarlet, blue, yellow, WbLite-flag after flag triumphantly waving, and everywhere the staid citizen beamed, shouted, con- gratulated, prophesied, and chuckled over the joyful news. An attempt was made to organise a torch- light procession—failing that, to illuminate the town freely, spaciously, even, yea verily, even so far a, the Rectory But this came to naught. A fire broke out at the saw mills belonging to Mr. Richard Owen one night last week. Instant alarm was given at the fire brigade station, with the result that the brigade were immediately on the road with their splendid engine, arriving at the scene of the conflagration in the very nick of time. Xone too soon, however, for the fire, hitherto unchecked, was making giant strides and threatening universal demolition. But the firemen knew what to do, and did it, the hose, with striking rapidity, was steadily playing upon the blazing timber and machinery in seven different places, while the brigade men, rush- ing hither and hither, were enabled to save from destruction much valuable timber, which was in dangerous proximity to the flames. Owing, indeed, to the skill and promptitude of our valued brigade very little real damage was done, and the loss trifling, and when one considers the exceedingly inflammatory nature of the material it is remarkable that a fire, which might have proved to terribly disastrous, was got under so speedily. And we, who saw them return, felt a pleasant tingling of mingled admiration and security-admiration for the spirit which shirks no danger, brooks no delay-and security that we possess such champions to summon herewith to defy the fire demon. Alas! This is how things should have been, but the reality was sadly different. Machynlleth has no Fire Brigade, no approximation, however humble, to such an institution; so we might be all comfortably charred to cinders before adequate help could reach us. Naturally, much sympathy is felt for Mr. Owen, whose loss some estimate at £800. Believing the origin of this disaster non-accidental, he has issued handbills offering a reward for the incendiary. But when is Machynlleth going to awake to the necessity —the burning necessity-of either the formation of a Fire Brigade or some similar organisation, however modestly equipped and named ? A large section of the population has all the requisite dash and daring. Discipline, training, thorough instruction, and the few essentials—are these impossible to obtain; Other towns manage it, and turn out a very creditable set of men, too. Why should Machynlleth alone be so sapine in matters so seriously affecting the public safety? An entertainment and distribution of prizes for attendance was given in the Town Hall by pupils of the Board School on St. David's Day. Everything went off very well and successfully, and there was, as usual, a full Hall. Great credit is due to the teaching staff for the evident pains they had taken with their young charges, who thoroughly entered 1 9 into the spirit of the entertainment. Even the very little ones went through their parts, whether singing or recitation, to the general satisfaction. It is said that the site for the new Board School has been chosen. I was apparently somewhat premature in my strictures, some weeks ago on the town football club committee, and my remarks were not without their good effect, for the team has been quite busy of late, and has been holding its own too, well done players, committee and officials Some capital football has been witnessed in the last two matches, one against the R.W.W. Newtown, and the other against the Newtown Reserves, and it is a pity that in neither case was a definite conclusion reached. But the foot- ball was unquestionably good, and in one of the matches at least, our lads experienced hard lines in failing to register a win. The Intermediate School team too has been active drawing on the town ground -with the capable Aberystwyth School team, but getting most of the game I thought and beating Llanidloes School on the Rectory Field by two goals to one. I should like to see the Machynlleth boys more formidable and dangerous in front of goal. Visitor, pausing near the Intermediate School, and gazing about him in a puzzled style-finaliy he accosts a workman. Workman Beg pardon sir ? Visitor You don't mean to say you are at this job 'still!' Why—you'd done very nearly as much r as this last Xmas!" Workman (grinning): "Nice ealthy sorto' job, sir, keeps a chap goin comfortubble all the time. Big job, sir." Visitor (explosively): "Big job! Big-Good heavens How much longer is it going to take ?" Workman: "Big job, sir. They takes us on by the year, and I never was what you might call a grumbler si: Nice open sittyuation, good pay, not too much meddlin and interferin like. Nice place for my kids to fool round in oliday times sir. Visitor (gasping) But, what are the Governors about ? How many millions have they voted for this job ? Does I nobody' look after you ? Workman "Bless you, sir, we does the work an' the looking' arter, and no extry charge as the waiter said when the feller swallyed the 'errins' backbone. Ther's only one thing we gets a bit narvous on like —that they'll set the bloomin' womin on us by-and- bye then they'll bleat us off the bloomin' place, for womh is maggots for persiftin', sir. Why I 'nows one—('becomes lost in melancholy memories.') Visitor: "You'll hardly suffer from over-work I fancy-at this rate Workman: "I 'opes not, sir. I hopes not, 'eartily. A fair days work for a fair days wage, is my motter, and nobody could ever say I was the chap "Q shirk one, or (drops tools with alarming suddenness). Beg pardin, sir, clock's goin' to strike—wonderful long time she be over it -moriiin' sir." MAGPIE. [Rapid exit].
Aberdovey Water Supply. LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD INQUIRY. Colonel H. F. Turner, C.B., R.E., an inspector of the Local Government Board, conducted an inquiry at the Council Offices, Towyn, on Tuesday morning, relative to the District Council's application to bor- row £1,050 for the purchase of certain lands situate at Bwlchgwyn, Aberdovey, for the purposes of water supply. Amongst those present were Messrs H. Haydn Jones, J. Hughes Jones, J. Maethlon James, R. P. Morgan, J. Tomlins, Price H. Hughes, Rev. H. Williams, Dr. Bone, medical officer of health, W. R. Davies, clerk, Vaughan Edmunds, surveyor, R. Barnett, assistant clerk, and Edward Williams, inspector of nuisafices. The Clerk, in submitting the application, said the population of the district, according to the last cen- sus, was 3,294, and it was now estimated at about 3,500. The assessible value of the district was 412,655, and the rateable value £ 19,801. The bal- ance of out standing loans amounts to E17,189, and the £1,050 now asked for was for a period of 50 years. The Council, at an expense of upwards of L8,000, had constructed a reservoir and waterworks at Aberdovey, with a holding capacity of 3,000,000 gallons. The site of the reservoir was below, and in close proximity to the farm they now sought to pur- chase. Twelve springs would be diverted thereto, nine of which were on the farm, and the other three on other land. The different inspectors who had come down from time to time, had recommended the utmost protection to these springs, and the Council had already taken precaution in that direction, hav- ing built a wall. The springs were subject to the different agricultural operations on the surface, and finding that the farm was for sale the Council at once determined to acquire it. A provisional agreement, dated the 9th February last, had been entered into with the owner, Miss A. E. Rowlands, Plimlico, London, for the purchase of the freehold of the land free of encumberances. The area of the farm was about 57 acres. The inspector enquired by whom the land had been valued, and whether the price was moderate. The Clerk replied that the land had been valued by the Council and its Surveyor. They offered the owner ZIIOOO for it, but she asked for 41,100, but subsequently met them at £ 1,050. For the purpose of comparison he might point out that the site of the reservoir, which was land of the same character, cost the Council P,100 per acre. The present rental of Bwlchgwvn Farm was £34, but the existing lease was to expire in 1902. The Council had not con- sidered the exact conditions which they would enforce to prevent contamination, but they would be such as to effectually protect the springs. With regard to the 50 years for which loan was applied, he might point out that the Council were heavily burdened already, and the purchase of land was different to the construction of water of sewerage works, which were comparatively short-lived. The Inspector said he did not think it necessary to make a note of that, as 50 years was the regular time -fixed by statute in cases where land was purchased. The Clerk also stated that Aberdovey was an improving neighbourhood, and the value of land was increasing there. The plans, showing the land proposed to be -purchased, and the site of the springs, were then explained to the Inspector by Mr. Price Hughes (ex-surveyor), and Mr. Edmunds Edmunds (surveyor). The nature of the ground was stated to be soil on the .surface to a depth of about three feet, then a bed of clay, and afterwards shale rock, from which the springs issued. A line of pipes had been laid at an average depth of five feet so as to intercept the gpiings. The upper part of the farm was 685 feet above O.D. and the water level in the reservoir would be 450 feet above O.D. The works were situate about a mile from Aberdovey. Mr. Price Jones also stated that the commutation value of the tithe upon the land was L2 12s. 3d. per annum, for which £ 119s. 2d. was paid last year. 'The Clerk pointed out that the Council had already- paid a deposit of £20, which would be forfeited if the agreement was not carried out by May 1st., and the Council would also be liable after that date for payment of interest at the rate of 5 per cent. upon the balance of £ 1,030. This concluded the evidence, there being no opposition offered to the application. The Clerk, on behalf of the Council, then thanked the Inspector for the courteous manner in which he had conducted the inquiry. The Inspector aftenvards drove to Aber- dovey, and inspected the land proposed to be purchased.
ABERAYRON. THE HORSE Snow- The horse show was held yesterday (Wednesday), a full report of which will appear in our next issue. MONTHLY MEETING.—In our Welsh columns will be found a summary of Mr. J. M. Howell's address at the last monthly meeting held at Cardigan. WATEH SUPPLY. Incola writes :-When are we going to have a supply of wholesome pure water ? Will another summer be allowed to pass before we see any signs of practical steps to secure it. We all wait upon the Council, and cry with the ancient mariner "water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink." Give us water to drink gentlemen and that we pray soon. FOWEAI..—The funeral of the late Mrs. Williams, Aeron Queen," took place on Tuesday at Henfynyw Churchyard, when a large concourse gathered to- gether to pay the deceased their last tribute of respect. The chief mourners were Mrs. Evans (daughter), Rev S. A. Williams, Newport Mon., and Cant. Williams, Bridgend House (sons). The Rev. J. Thickens officiated at the house, and the Rev. J. M. Griffiths at the church and graveside 1 HE W AR.-Mr. Ezecill Oliver, Gilfachreda, who is now serving Queen and country in South Africa, received like all the other Tommies the Queen's gift of a box of chocolate. He posted it home to his mother as a memento ofitlie war, and it arrived safely the other day. In one of the illustrated weekly periodicals there is a sketch of our soldiers receiving their pay and a legend underneath adds that Tommy always receives his pay, even on the day of battle. Private David John Davies, 75th Field Battery, writing home from Orange River, says 11 1 have not received a penny since I left Aldershot." Which is correct ?
LLANARTH. THE WAR.—The appearance of the name of Second-lieutenant Lloyd, of the Welsh Regiment, in Lord Roberts's latest list of casualties as severely wounded in the arm, has evoked widespread sym- pathy owing to the fact that Lieutenant Lloyd was .the second son of. the late Dr. Lloyd, Bishop of Bangor. Lieutenant Lloyd, though only 21 year* of age, was about 6ft. in height, and a particularly smart-looking young fellow. He was educated at Cheltenham, afterwards being taken in hand by a private army tutor. He only received his com- mission a few days before he was ordered off to the front. He sailed for South Africa in the Kildonan Castle. He was employed for a time on the line of communications at Port Elizabeth, where he was seized with an attack of fever. On bis recovery he was sent up to Colesberg, where he received his baptism of fire. Later on he took part in the Paardeberg fight, and has been in every fight since.
TREGARON. MAOIC LANTERN ENTERTAINMENT.—An enjoyable magic lantern entertainment was given at the National Schools on Monday evening by the Rev W. Grey Edwards, M.A., in connection with Church missions. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The Tregaron Board of Guardians held their fort- nightly meeting at the Town Hall, on Tuesday, when there were present Mr. Hugh Herberts (chairman), Messrs E. Lloyd, Blaenpennal; D. J. Williams R James, and R. Evans, Caron. Lower R. Jones, Caron Upper; D. Davies, Gorwydd Thomas Davies, Gwynfil John Jones, Gwnnws Upper; Peter Davies, Llangeitho John Owens, Llanbadarn Evan Evans, Lledrod Lower; Rev T. R. Morgan, Lledrod Upper; and Lewis Oliver, Ysbytty with Dr. Lloyd (medical officer), Rees Rowlands (relieving officer), Jenkin Lloyd (clerk), and Morgan Morgans (workhouse master). Number of inmates in the House, 30; corre- sponding period last year 30. The amount of out-jelief administered during the past fortnight to 144 paupers was P,40 11s Od; corre- sponding period last year to 157 paupers, £46 Is 6d. Cheques to the amount of E120 were signed and payment of accounts. PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of the Parish Council.was held on Friday evening last, when there were present Messrs E. Caronian Evans (in the chair), D. Thomas, grocer; H. W. Jones, Oxford House; Thos. Rees, D. Rowlands, and Miss Anne Jenkins (clerk).—A letter was read from the Clerk of the District Council withdrawing the permission of the Board to levy tolls on carts, &c., attending fairs and markets. On the proposition of Mr Caronian Evans, it was decided that seats be placed at Pwllswyddog and on the square for the convenience of visitors to the town during the summer months. A committee consisting of Messrs H. W. Jones, Caronian Evans, D. Thomas, Thomas Rees, and David Thomas were appointed a committee to see to the work being carried out.- Instructions were given the Lamp Committee to remove the lamp at Doldref and place it in another posi- tion.—The Clerk read a letter from the County Council, enclosing a list or form of basis for the county rates, prepared by County Assessment Committee.—It was resolved to refer the question to the District Council, who could determine what best to do.—The time of meeting was changed from six o'clock to seven o'clock during the summer months.—Several bills were passed, and cheques drawn and signed in settlement of same. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. The members of the Tregaron Rural District Coun- cil also met on Tuesday. Mr D. Davies presided, and there were also present, Messrs Hugh Herberts, E. Lloyd, D. J. Williams, R. James, R. Evans, R. Jones, Thomas Davies, John Jones, Peter Davies, John Owens, Evan Evans, Rev. T. R. Morgan, and Lewis Oliver, with Mr Jenkin Lloyd (clerk), S. Tregoning, and Morgan Jones (surveyors), Dr. Lloyd (medical officer), and J. P. Rees (inspector). ROAD BEPAIBING. The following letter from the Gwnnws Upper parish meeting, dated March 10th, 1900, was read:—" At a parish council meeting for Gwnnws Upper, held October 7th, 1899, an application was received from persons residing in the upper end of the parish, for repairs to a certain road from Rhosmaengweli, or Blaenyresgaer, to Brynglas. The matter was then deferred. On March 3rd, 1900, the matter was con- sidered, and a resolution passed to call a parish meeting to consider the matter. On March 10th, 1900, the parish meeting was held, and the follow- ing resolutions passed (1) That the Tregaron High- way Board be respectfully requested to consider the grievance of those using that portion of the road, about half a mile from Blaenyresgaer to Brynglas, and to put the same in repair, as they have no other road leading to their residences. (2) That Mr William Meredith, Pantygaseg, attend at the Highway Board as representative of the locality, and give all informa- tion desired by the Board. (3) That the Board kindly notify the Clerk and Parish Council what meeting the matter would be considered at, and (4) that the Board be informed that material for repairs are abundant and near at hand." Mr Meredith, the representative of the parish meet- ing, was in attendance, and supplemented the in- formation contained in the letter. After some discussion the matter was deferred, so that the road could be inspected by members of the Council. PONTABGAMDDWB ASMS] Another letter was read from Mr ,W. Themas, of the Llanelly Brewery Company, which was at ollows :— "March 8th, 1900. Dear sir, We are in receipt of your notice, re., the nuisence existing on the premises of the Pontargamddwr Arms, Tregaron, and as these premises were handed over to the present tenant in proper order, and the. nuisance has arisen through his neglect, we claim that there is no liability on our part, and that notice should be sent to the occupier and not to ourselves. We have already explained the position we take up in the matter to your Inspec- tor, and we cannot understand why he does not act upon it." This matter was adjourned to trie next meeting in order that the Medical Officer might have an op- portunity of visiting the premises. TOLLS. Rev T. R. Morgan, in accordance with notice given it the previous meeting, moved that tolls be levy on m all persons erecting stalls and other structures on ,he Tregaron Square on fair and market days. A discussion followed, in which the question of svhich body the District or the Parish Council should :evy the tolls.. RevT. R. Morgan advocated that the District Council should undertake the work, on the ground that if any iamage was caused by caravans or other vehicles they would have to suffer. The Chairman was of opinion that the work should be done by one of the surveyors. The Rev T. R. Morgan's resolution was then adopted but the question as to who should levy the tolls was left in abeyance. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL GOVERNORS. On the proposition of Mr John Owens, the Chair man was unanimously elected as the representative of the Council upon the Governing Body of the Tregaron Intermediate School for a period of five years. WORKMEN'S WAGES. The Committee which had been appointed to decide whether the Council should provide their workmen with tools or increase their wages by threepence a day, recommended that the Council adopt the latter alternative. The recommendation was unanimously agreed to and it was decided that the increase be granted from the beginning of last quarter.
CWMTWRCH, CAIO. MAHWOLAETH MR. DAYlES (TYCERRIG).—Ar y 23ain cynfisol bu farw Mr. David Davies, Glaneryr (Ty- cerrig gynt), yn 65 oed. Claddwyd ef y Mercher canlynol yn mynwent Saron, yn nghanol arwyddion amlwg o alar cyffredinol. Yn y ty arweiniwyd y gwasanaeth inewn darllen a gweddi gan y Parch. J. D. Evans, Talley. Yn y capel cafwyd anerchiadau gan v Parchn. Evans, Tregaron (M.C.); Thomas, Salem (B.); Thomas, Llandovery (M.C.) a Howell, Caio (M.C.). Y Saboth dilynol cafwyd pregeth angladdol oddiar y geiriau, "Am hyny fy mrodyr anwyl," &c., yn nghapel Saron. Rhoddodd y brodyr anerchiadau pwrpasol iawn, heb arfer gormodiaeth, ond gallent helaethu llawer ar rinweddau y boneddwr parchus. Fel y dywedai y Parch. J. E. Thomas, yr hwn a'i badwaenai'n dda, yr oedd "yn foneddwr Cristionogol crefyddol." Yr oedd diniweidrwydd a charedigrwydd yn ddwy nodwedd amlwg yn ei gym- eriad. Nis gallai wneud niwed i neb gan el dynerwch a'i foneddigeiddrwydd. Yr oedd yn garedig i bawb- i'w deulu—i'w gymydog—ac i'r dieithrddyn, Yr oedd drws agored-bwrdd Hawn-a chroesaw calon i'r oil yn Tycerrig—a Glencryr wedi hyny, ac mae nifer y rhai all ddvyn tystiolaeth i hyn yn llu. Er yn dyner a diuiwed nid oedd yn wan. Mewn pwnc o egwyddor yr oedd yn wrol a chadarn, er nad yn drystfawr. Mewn etholiad nid oedd eisieu gofyn ar bwy ochor byddai Davies, Tycerrig. Yn etholiad cyffredinol 1880 y gwelais ef gyntaf yn d'od i bleid- leisio i Llanfair. Er nawyddwn am danoondychydig yr amser hwnw, nidoeddeisieu i minau bryd hyny ofyn ar ba ochr oedd. yr oedd llygaid Ceidwadwyr yr ardal yn dweyd. Ni fuasai neb ond Evan Evans, Tynlone, yn mentro cydio ymhenyr hen "gel goch," tra y byddai Mr. Davies yn votio, gan fel y crynent ac yr yswatient i'r "eel coch" arall, ac fel mae gwaethaf dweyd mae'r "cryndod" hcb eu gadael hyd heddyw. Yr oedd yn bleser clywed ein hen gyfaill yn myned dros frwydrau etholiadol '68, ac oddiyno lawr. Yn wleidyddol Mr, L. Davies, Gelly, oedd ei gymrawd yn yrrlianbarth. Yr oedd yn aelod o Fwrdd Ysgol Caio er ei gychwyniad, a ni bu neb yn fwy ffyddlon i'w swydd ac i gwestiwn addysg. Llanwodd swydd diacon a thrvsorydd yn eglwys Saron am flynyddau maith. Bydd yr hen gadair freichiau yn Glaneryr, y set fawr yn Saron, a chynghjrau'r ardal yn wag iawn heb Davies, Glan- eryr. Gadawodd ddwy ferch a mab (D. Saunders Davies, Bryndulas) i alaru ar ei ol.
TOWYN. SIDING ACCOMMODATION.—The Cambrian Rail- way Company have just completed additional and extensive siding accommodation at Towyn. These facilities had been urgently felt for a considerable time, and they will be a boon to tradesmen and merchants who receive large orders of goods and material by rail. FISHING.—Devotees of the rod and line have experienced some very good sport on the Dysynni river during the past few weeks. One gentleman, as the result of an afternoon's angling, succeeded in securing a catch of trout which turned the scale at Hi lbs. A party of four gentlemen the other day also secured between them 20 lbs. of fine fish, while the fishing generally has also been very satisfactory. MARRIAGE.—Mr George Davies, son of Mr John Davies, plumber, Towyn, was united in wedlock at Liverpool on Wednesday to Miss Griffiths, of Welshpool, formerly a barmaid at Messrs Spiers and Pond's refreshment rooms, Towyn, but latterly of Dinas Mawddwy. Mr George Davies was a prominent member of the Towyn football team, having played for several seasons. The young couple will, on their return, reside at Aberdovey. The honeymoon is being spent at Liverpool I.O.G.T.—A meeting of the local branch of this Order was held at the schoolroom of the Congrega- tional chapel on Monday night, Mr J. Maethlon James, chief templar, presiding. Papers were read by Mr R. R. Roberts on Kruger" and by Mr G. A. Hv. Jones on Saint David." MessrsJD. Davies, D. Jones, D. O. Jones, Rev. J. M. Williams, and the Chief Templar, took part in the ensuing discussion, and dwelt upon the lessons to be drawn from the lives of these two notable characters. Votes of thanks were afterwards accorded to the readers of the papers. POST OFFICE PREMISES.—A communication has been oceived from the Postmaster General stating, in reply to the Council's letter of the 10th Febru- ary, respecting two properties in Towyn which were offered for the purpose of a new sub-office, that there would appear to be some misappre- hension in the matter. The offers in question were duly considered at the time they were made, but in the one case the rent asked was higher than the amount of the business would warrant, and in the other the premises did not afford suitable accom- modation for the work. SALE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITrRE.-On Thurs- day and Friday of last week, Messrs Daniel, Son, & Mereeitb, auctioneers, of this place and Aberyst- wyth, held a most successful sale of household furniture, the property of the late Mr Wynne Thomas, Bryn Llewelvn, which were removed for convenience of sale to the Assembly Rooms. The whole of the arrangements of the sale were got up in splendid style, and the conducting of the sale was excellent. The large room was so crowded that many of the buyers were observed up in the gallery. The biddings throughout were remark- ably sharp and brisk, and it is needless to say that excellent prices were obtained.
BARMOUTH. MIKISTBBIAL.—On Sunday last the pulpit of the English Presbyterian Chapel was occupied by the Rev. J. Williams, B.A., Dolgelley. ALTERATIONS.—Extensive alterations are to be made at the railway station before the summer months. Tenders have been invited for the erection of a cloak room, stationmaster's office, &c. TEMPERANCE MBKTIHG.—On Monday evening last a Temperance meeting, under the auspices of the United Kingdom Alliance, was held at the Caersalem (C.M.) chapel. Addresses were delivered by Plenydd and the Rev. Peter Jones Roberts, Portdinorwic. There was a large gathering. Mr William Owen, Marine Parade, presided. CORJUSCTION*.—In our report of the death and burial of Jane Elizabeth Edwards, daughter of Mr. Griffith Edwards, 6, Aelfor-terrace, it is stated that the Vicar officiated, whereas the service at the house and grave-side was condutted by the Rev. Arberth k Eva..1 Baptist minister, OBITI'AKY.—On Wednesday evening another of our old inhabitants passed away, after a prolonged illness, in the person of Mrs. Jane Jones, Baker and Grocer of -No. 1. Aelydon Buildings. 1he deceased who was 76 years of age, was the widow of the late Ir. Humphrey Jones. Her husband pre-deceased her two years ago, his death had told heavily on her health. The deceased was a native of this town, where she resided all her lifetime. Being of a kind disposition and continually assisting the needv and sick, she was very popular and much admired for her kindness at heart and practical sympathy. She leaves three sons (two of whom are settled down in life), to mourn her departure. She was one of the oldest members at Caersalem C.M. Chapel, having joined the cause when the denomination were worshipping in the old edifices. She was verv con- sistent in all her dealings, always contributing to the various calls in connection with her church. She was very consistent in all the various calls in connection with her church. She was buried on Saturday in the same grave as her husband was laid in two years ago at Lldnaber Church Yard. The service at the house was conducted by the Rev. J. Gvvynoro Davies, and at the grave-side by the Revs. Ernest Jones and Evan Roberts, Dolgelley. NBWS-ROOM AND LI]BRAItY.-On Wednesdav afternoon six tenders were received for the building of this institution. The building committee accompanied bv their architect met at the Hoard School-room to open the tenders, those who had tendered were :—Mr. Owen Owens, Barmouth, iEl,154 13s. Messrs. Williams and Griffiths, Dolgelly, £ 1,114; Mr. Thomas Griffiths, Barmouth, ZI,074 7s. Mr. Bishop. Barmouth £1,001 13s. 2 £ d. Mr. Evans Williams, Barmouth, £ 982 10s. Mr. David Davies, Barmouth, E930. The committee selected the last tender, which was sub- mitted as a recommendation to the Executive Committee, which met at 4.30 p.m. on the same day, and their recommendation was accepted and con- firmed. The new building which will be commenced with forthwith, is to be completed by the 1st. of October. It was unanimously agreed that Mrs. Talbot, Tynyffynon, be asked to lay the memorial stone. A vote of thanks to Mrs. Talbot was passed, thanking her for the handsome donation she has given towards the building, viz., L400. This princely donation inspired and encouraged the committee and their secretary to renewed activity, it is very satis- factory that over and above the amount of contract is already lodged at the bank by the Hon. Treasurer. The balance will be utilized in furnishing the rooms with fixtures and book-shelves, the secretary has done the work entrusted to him and much more with commendable zeal and energy. DEATH OF lR. OWEN Ni-I LLI -This week we have the painful duty of recording the sudden death of Mr. Owen Williams, Glamnorgan, which took place on Tuesday afternoon in last week, after but a very brief illness, in the 72nd year of his life. The decased was a native of Gwyddelwarn, East Merioneth, where lie carried on the business of a tailor and draper. Thirty- seven years ago, when the railway was being con- structed. he removed to Barmouth and carried on the same trade. Before he left his native place he was accepted as a local preacher by the Wesleyan Denomination of which he was a member and this position lie retained up to the time of his death, having served his church faithfully for over 45 years. He was able to fulfil his pulpit engagement up to the last Sunday but one in February, when not feeling very strong on those Sundays, his medical adviser advised him to stay at home, though he was out of the house on Monday evening previous to his death be felt rather depressed being the result of an attack )f influenza from which he was recovering. Having to attend closely to his business he had not much :ime for study and to prepare elaborate sermons, still his discourses were always acceptable in this iistrict where he mainly laboured. As a Sunday school catachiser he was an expert; and this dutv )ft-eri fell to his lot, especially at their Sunday school anniversaries. He held several offices in the connex- on, and lie fulfilled their duties consientiously. In his Jeath the denomination have lost in him a very faith- ful member, and the town and neighbourhood a christian citizen. He was noted for his faithfulness md punctuality in attending both political and 'eligious meetings which tended to the elevation his 'ellows citizens. He (Mr. Williams) was an advanced liberal in religion and politics. He leaves a widow md three daughters, two of whom are also widows, ind several grand children and a host of friends to liourn his loss. Twelve months ago his only son vho had lately commenced business in the town as a iraper died very suddenly from syncope. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. Tim uneral took place on Friday, when the remains were juried at Llanaber Churchyard. At 130 p.m. a short funeral service was held at the Wesleyan hapel, presided over by the Rev. David Jones, Spworth Villa when short addresses were given. At 2.30 the funeral cortege started for the burial ground. Vt the grave side the Revs. Edward Owen, Llanbedr, 'ead a portion of scripture and Peter Jones, Dol- gelley, closed with a prayer, and gave out a hymn. RATEPAYERS' MEETING. A public meeting, called by the Ratepayers' Union, vas held on Tuesday evening, for the nomination of candidates for the next District Council election. klr. Griffiths, Gables, presided, and there were also present—Mr. J. H. Richards (secretary), and Mr. R. ). Evans (treasurer). It had been intended to lave addresses from the four retiring members, jut as neither was present, this matter tvas postponed till another meeting on Wednesday vening.-Six members were nominated for the racant seats, viz., Messrs W. Owen, Talydon; Hugh Evans, 2, Porkington-terrace Evan Jones, 2, Marine- terrace: Owen Williams, Marine-house; T. Abrahams, Helle-vue and B. J. AIlsops, Corsygedol Hotel. The inal selection was left until Wednesday evening, tvhen the four candidates to be put forward would be balloted for. The last day of nomination is to-day Thursday). L'RBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—SPECIAL MEETING. Present-Captain Evan Richards (in the chair), O. W. Morris, O. Williams, William Owen, Robert Williams, H. Evans, John Richards, Edward Williams, D. E. Davies, W. George (clerk), and J. Adams, :suryeyor). The offer of the County Council for maintaining main roads for three years commencing From April next, was considered. Alderman Lewis Lewis and Mr. J. Evans attended at the request of the Council, and gave the Council great assistance in the matter. After a long discussion, a reso- lution was proposed and carried unanimously, that they should request the County Council to put the road in fair and reasonable condition after the cul- ting of the same .for laying of the new water main. This work should have been done three years ago. but for some reason it was not carried out. Thereby the Council kept back the expenditure on the main road until this work was done. The Council expressed their willingness to enter into an agreement with the County Council when this was carried out, and placed on the same basis as other District Councils.
» Gold Mining in Merioneth. Another impetus is being given to the Gold- mining industry of Merionethshire. The Clogau Mine, or, as it is now known, the St. David's Mine, situated on the mouth of the river Mawddach, near the village af Bontddu, has recently been purchased by a number of leading London financiers, who have formed themselves into a Company, under the name—St. David's Gold and Copper Mines, Ltd. The resources of the mine are stated, on expert authority, to be considerable, and with a view te its proper development, the most modern machinery has been installed. The nominal capital of the Company is £ 60.000, a portion of which only has been issued. The machinery now laid down is sufficient to deal with one hundred tons of ore per day, and provision is also made for conserving all the copper, which the ore contains in large quanti- ties, so that there is no waste, and a second source of income ia secured. There is stated to be at present three millions of tons of ore in sight, which will yield at least half an ounce to the ton, but that is said to be nothing to what may be expected from future development, as some of the richer shoots have not yet been reached. On Monday in last week, a special train brought to Barmouth a large party of directors and press representatives, who on the following day visited the mines, and wit- nessed the opening of a new stamp gold mill and coneentrating plants L-
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LAMPETER. CONFIRMATION.—The Lord Bishop of Swansea held confirmation services at St. Peter's Church, here on Wednesday, the 7th instant..66 candidates were presented for confirmation. CONGREGATIONAL FORWARD MOVEMENT FUND. dr. Jones, of Troedybryn Hall, Llanycrwys has contri- buted £50 towards the Gronfa." of the Congregationalists. VICAR'S CONVALESCENCE.—The numerous friends of our worthy Vicar, the Rev. Daniel Jones, M.A., will be glad to learn that he is himself again after having undergone an operation skilfully performed by Dr. Lynn Thomas at his surgery in Cardiff. The Vicar intends in a few days to proceed to Windsor to stay with his brother-in-law, Dr. W. Lloyd. FOOTBALL.-The College team refused to keep their engagement with Llanelly, at Stradey Park last Saturday, because one of the College team, Mr. Alcwyn Jones, was persuaded by the Scarlets to meet Swansea on the previous Saturday. It will be re- membered that the students had an at home fixture with Llandilo the same day. The Llanelly Club will more than probable report the matter the Welsh Foot- ball Union. TEMPERANCE.—The weekly meeting of the Church of England Temperance Society was held in the Lower Sehoolroom on Monday evening last when the Rev W. J. Evans, senior curate, presided. A programme consisting of songs and recitations were gone through, and a very pleasant hour was spent. LECTURE. -On Tuesday evening last at Shiloh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, a lecture entitled I- Gogoniant Aiiirywiaetli" was delivered by the Rev Gomer Lewis, D.D., Swansea. The rev gentleman was in fine form, and his able address mingled with good humour and eloquence was listened to with rapt attention. The chair was occupied by thepastor Rev. Edward Hughes, and there was a crowded attendance. ( JUBILEE SERVICES.—Services were held last week i at the Zoar Independent Chapel in this town to cele- < brate the payment of the Chapel debt. About four years ago the chapel underwent extensive alteration and enlarged at a cost of about £ 1,000. About £ 400 ot which was then paid. When the late sheriff, Mr James Jones visited Lampeter for the first time in his official capacity he made the generous offer to the church and congregation of a gift of P,100 provided they would subscribe the balance of £ 325 within the last year which they accomplished. At the services which began on Monday evening, Tuesday afternoon and evening and throughout Wednesday sermons were delivered by the Revs T. T. Davies, Rhydybont, J. Neddfryn Davies, Llanfairclydogau; B. Carolan Davies; Tynygwndwn; T. Gwilym Evans, Aberayron; Towyn Jones, Cwmamman, and H. Elvet Lewis, Harecourt Chapel, London. OBITUARY.—On Saturday the 3rd instant, the death took place of Mrs Mary Davies of Caeglas, in this town. She had become very feeble for some years past and resided with her grand-daughter Miss Anne Lloyd, dressmaker. The funeral took place on Thurs- day, the interment taking place at the St Peter's Parish Churchyard. Another death took place suddenly on Friday morning at Bronfra, in the Bryn road namely that of Miss Catherine Rossetta Thomas the daughter of the late Rector of Llanwyddelen near Newtown, who had newly come to reside here. The deceased who was twenty-six years of age was of delicate health. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon last when the remains was interred at the St Peter's Churchyard. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved mother and the remaining family. < ROARD OF GUARDIANS. A meeting of the Board was held on Friday the 9th instant. Present, Mr. D. Davies, Felindre, in the chair, Revs. T. C. Edmunds, Trefilan, and R. C. Jones, Lampeter; Messrs. Lewis Davies, Gelly; T. H. R. Hughes, Neuaddfawr; D. H. James, Beilibedw; B. J. Evans, Llanfairfach; David Davies, Tyncoed; David Price, Fronbeder; David Evans, Cilgell; W. Edwards, Cwmcanol; J. Thomas, Bryn; James Jones, Caerau; Evan Davies, Llystyn; William Jones, Gelligarneddau; and Mr. David Lloyd, clerk. OUTRELIEF, &C. The amount of outrelief administered during the past fortnight was as follows :—Lampeter district, per Mr, David Parry, Z35 9s. 9d., to 147 paupers. Llanybyther district, per Mr. David Evans, £39 15s. 6d. to 131 paupers. Number in the House, 18 corresponding week last year, 18. Vagrants relieved during the past fortnight, 29; corresponding period last year, 36. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Assessment Committee was held after the Board, Mr. David Davies in the chair. APPEAL. Mr, James Jones appealed to reduce the assessment of his dwelling house called Tanner's Hall, in High- street, Lampeter. The assessment at present is, gross L17 2s., and rateable value £ 12. The assess- ment was reduced to L9 17s. 6d. gross, and L7 rate- able value. Supplemental valuation lists were sub- mitted and passed from the parishes of Lampeter Urban, Lampeter Rural and Pencarreg. COUNTY BASIS. The proposed new basis of assessment of the Cardiganshire County Council for County purposes was considered, and Mr. B. J. Evans, Llanfairfach, was appointed with the Clerk to attend the meeting of the County Council Assessment Committee on the 15th instant upon the matter. APPOINTMENT OF VALUER. Applications were received from the following gentlemen for the post of valuing the Union, namely Mr. J. Francis, Carmarthen; Mr. Owen Price, Nant- yrharn, Brecon; Mr. John Jones, Teifiside Hall; Mr. C. F. Davies, Froodvale Mr. D. H. Thomas, Car- marthen and Mr. J. Edwards, Overseer's Office, Dolgelley. The Committee decided to select three out of the six candidates who had applied to be asked to appear before the Committee on a day to be here- after fixed. These were Messrs. Owen 'Price, C. F. Davies, and J. Edwards. SPORTING RIGHTS OF MR. J. C. HARFORD. The Chairman said he and Mr. Fowden had attended before the District Auditor with respect to the resolution passed by the Committee in 1898, which was to the following effect:—That the rates payable by Mr. Harford in respect of his sporting rights in the parish of Lampeter Urban and Lampeter Rural should not be enforced until all other sporting rights in other parishes in the Union are assessed. The Chairman said that. the auditor stated that the resolution was not a legal one, and that the overseers of the two parishes mentioned were still liable for the collection of the rates from Mr. Harford in respect to those rights. The auditor had pointed out that the Committee could reduce the assessment to a nominal sum if they wished. The Rev T. C. Edmunds said the intention of the Committee when they passed the resolution was that Mr Harford should be exonerated from the payment of those rates until all sporting rights in the Union were assessed. Mr Lewis Davies and the other members of the Committee concurred. Mr Walter Davies, the overseer of Lampeter who attended the Committee, pointed out that the Com- mittee by passing a resolution to-day reducing the assessment to a nominal sum, the difficulty could be got over and the arrears of rates now standing against Mr Harford could be placed with the irre- coverable column in the rate book and the wish of the Committee be carried out. The Clerk said it would be irregular to pass such a resolution to-day because there was no appeal. The regular way would be for Mr Harford to give a fresh notice which could be dealt with at the next meeting and the resolution as suggested passed. The Rev T. C. Edmunds did not see why the reso- lution could not be passed at this meeting and proposed the following resolution which was duly passed:—"That the resolution passed on the 20th May, 1898, with respect to the sporting rights of Mr Harford, in the parishes of Lampeter Urban and Rural, be rescinded and that the following be substituted for it. That the rates payable by Mr J. C. Harford of Falcondale in respect of the sporting rights in the parish of Lampeter Urban and Rural be reduced to the sum of ten shillings in each parish." LAMPETER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held on the same day, the Rev T. C. Edmunds presiding. RHYDNIS BRIDGE. A cheque was drawn for the moiety of the contract of constructing this bridge, but the Surveyor's fee was still left unpaid, as the Council considered it too high. INSPECTOR OF NUISANCES. Mr J. Parry Thomas was re-appointed inspector of nuisances. LLANUYBI PATH. A notice was read from Mr J. W. Davies of Ardwyn Llangybi, with respect to the diversiônl of the Maesvffynon path. SARNLLYS ROAD. Mr B. J. Evans again reminded the Council of this road, towards the repair of which the Llanfair- clydogau Parish Council asked the District Council to contribute a sum of .£20. The Surveyor was directed to report upon the road. BILLS. The roadmen's wages and other payments were made. TOWN COUNCIL. A meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday ;he 7th inst. Present Alderman D. Tivy Jones, nayor (presiding), Aldermen John Jones, S. Davies rones and J. Ernest Lloyd, Councillors Evan Davies, 6. H. Griffiths, H. Walker, John J. Davies, Daniel Evans, D. H. Evans, Thomas Hughes, Daniel Watkins, r. D. Lloyd, Samuel Davies,jJoseph Davies, and David Price, Messrs D. Lloyd, town clerk T. Moore, sanitary inspector and Lewis Davies, building sur- veyor. MILK SUPPLY. A letter was read from the Lampeter School Board asking the Council to put into operation the Local Government Board orders with respect to cow- sheds, milkshops, and dairies. Mr. Watkins said he would respect the School Board if carried out their own duties before taking upon themselves to dictate to the Council what to do. He believed the last report of the Inspector referred to defects in the sanitary condition of the school building, and that there was a recommendation in it as to the windows. He thought they should see that the premises were kept in a sanitary state and especially the playground which contained pools o water. He moved that no notice be taken of the letter. Mr. D. H. Evans seconded. Professor Walker proposed an amendment that the Council should take steps to carry the law out, as it would probably conduce to the welfare of the com- munity. He was thankful to the School Board for their resolution which had opened his eyes and he believed the eyes of the council as well. Mr. Evan Davies seconded the amendment, and Dr Griffiths supported and said it was absolutely essential that something should be done in the direction indicated. Mr. Ernest Lloyd said lie was not aware that the School Board of which he was a member were guilty of the serious offences mentioned by Mr. Watkins. He was not aware that any premises had been con- demned by the Inspector, and it was only on the day before that he saw the Inspector, and he -certainly did not condemn anything. Mr Watkins afterwards withdrew his proposition and the amendment was agreed to. ALLEGED NUISANCE A letter was read from the Local Government Board enclosing a copy of a letter which has been ad- dressed to them by Mr T. Parry Edwards, 1, Peter- well-terrace complaining of an alleged nuisance caused by the occupation of the Common by vagrants. The Mayor said the question raised was a per- plexing one and did not know what course the Coun- cil could take. The Clerk explained that the Common had been set apart by the Commissioners to be used for Recreation and the holding of fairs, and was vested in the Church wardens and overseers. The Local Government Act of 1894 had made cer- tain alterations with respect to property vested in like manner and there was a doubt as to who the proper trustees now were. Mr Evan Davies said the complaint was that people with large families were allowed to remain there without haviag closet accommodation. After some further discussion it wasagreed that Council's opin- ion should be obtained with reference to the trustee- ship of the Common. BUILDINGS. Upon the recommendation of "the Finance and General Purposes Committee it was resolved to pre- vent the erection of dwelling houses on the lower side of Bryn-road until satisfactory plans of the mode in which it was intended to drain such houses would be submitted to the Committee. APPOIimiENT. The appointment of inspector of nuisances and road surveyor was then proceeded with, and the four candidates who had been selected to attend the Council, now appeared. These were Captain Daniel Davies, Roseland House; S. H. Evans, auctioneer Rees W. Jones, Abercrave and David Oliver, Green- field, Lampeter. Various questions were given to each of the candidates touching tneir knowledge of sanitary matters and road-making. Mr Rees W. Jones seemed to have come out of the examination best. The voting then proceeded as follows:—First vote, for Capt Davies--Councillors D. H. Evans, Joseph Davies, and David Price. For Mr S. H. Evans —Alderman S. Davies-Jones, Councillors T. D. Lloyd, J. J. Davies. Samuel Davies, and Thomas Hughes. For Mr Rees W. Jones—The Mayor, Aldermen John Jones, and J. Ernest Lloyd, Councillors Evan Davies, E. H. Griffiths, H. Walker, Daniel Evans, and Daniel Watkins. For David Oliver—None. Captain Daniel Davies and Mr David Oliver were then knocked out, and the next vote was between Mr S. H. Evans and Mr Rees W. Jones. For Mr S. H. Evans—Alderman S. Davies Jones, Councillors J. J. Davies, D. H. Evans, Thomas Hughes, T. D. Lloyd, Samuel Davies, Joseph Davies, and David Price. For Mr Rees W. Jones- The Mayor, Aldermen John Jones and J. Ernest Llovd, Councillors Evan Davies, E. H. Griffiths, H. Walker, Daniel Evans, and Daniel Watkins. The voting being equal, the Mayor, after some hesitation, gave his casting vote in favour of Mr Rees W. Jones, who was thereupon duly appointed. SANITARY. I On the motion of Mr Daniel Watkins, it was resolved that the Medical Officer of Health should furnish the Council with quarterly reports.
MACHYNLLETH. PERSONAL.—Colonel Strasburg is now staying at the Wynnstay Hotel, of which place he was the occupier a few years ago. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—Before Mr Richard Rees, and Dr. A. O. Davies. on Thursday morning last, William Ellis was brought up and charged by P.C. Pugh with being drunk and disorderly on the previous evening. He was fined 2s 6d including costs. COMPETITIVK MIEETIN.G.-The, silver cup, valued two guineas, which is being offered for the best rendering of any solo at the forthcoming competi- tive meeting to be held at Eglwysfach, is on view at the establishment of Mrs Wnion Evans, Maen- gwyn-street. The prospects for a successful meet- ing are exceedingly bright. FOOTBALL. On Saturday last a match was played on the Rectory Field between teams repre- senting the Machynlleth County School and the Llanidloes County School. The game ended in a win for the home team by two goals to one, E. Humphreys scoring both goals for Machynlleth. Mr Evan Jones, B.A., acted as referee. FORTHCOMING ELECTION.—The nomination of candidates for seats on the Urban District Council will conclude to-day (Thursday), and the election will take place on Monday, April 2nd. This year the four retiring members are all Liberals viz., Mr W. M. Jones (Mayor), and Mr John Pugh, for the North Ward, and Mr Richard Owen, and Mr Edward Rees for the West Ward. FIRE.-On Tuesday evening Penal woods, the property of the Hengwrt estate were set on fire. While a number of children were playing inithe woods one of them set fire to a large stack of heather with the result that the fire soon spread over several acres. Assistance soon arrived, but before the fire was extinguished, about four acres of oak trees were damaged. SUDDWN DEATH.—On "Wednesday morning of last week the death took place of Mrs. Thomas, wife of Mr. Evan Thomas, Aberllefenny. The deceased, accompanied by her husband, attended the March fair, and to all appearances was in the best of health. Between five and six o'clock when in Penrallt-street she was taken ill, and medical aid had to be summoned. She was removed to the London Hospital, but early on Thursday morning she died. Much sympathy is felt with the husband, who was only married about 12 months ago. COMPETITIVE MEETING.-—On Tuesday evening a very successful competitive meeting was held at Soar Congregational Chapel, under the auspices of the Improvement Society. The Rev. Wnion Evans occupied the chair. The following were the successful competitors in the different competitions: —Edward Jones, Anne Evans, ldris Jenkins, Mary Smith, John Elias, Edward Evans, John Evans, Miss Jenkins. Miss Morgan, Mrs Davies, Mr. E. R. Jenkins, and Mr. J. Richards. Songs were also rendered during the meeting by Miss Davies Ceniarth Farm, and the Childrens Choir also rendered selections. The competitions were keen, and the recitations were given in a most creditable manner. The adj udicators were the Rev. E. Wnion Evans, Messrs John Jones, Workhouse; M. J. Williams, Doll-street; and J. Richards, Cwmbyr. VI-IZ-WMN A T T T Ct.n.rl'\T MQ1 V» RVLTLTROR! FOOTBALL.-Last Saturday machynUeth piayea Newtown at Machynlleth before a fair number of spectators. Newtown won the toss and decided to play with the wind at their backs. Straight from the kick-off Machynlleth went for the Newtown goal, and Alf Edwards only just cleared before he was bundled into the net. Machynlleth continued to have the best of the game, and from a pass by Bob Humphreys, J. Edwards, the outside right, headed the ball into the net out of A. Edwards' reach amid tremendous cheering. After this re- verse Newtown woke up, and scored from a scrum- mage in front of goal. Half-time arrived with the score one each. The homesters, with the wind at their backs, resumed the game in a very spirited fashion, and Edwards, the Newtown custodian, saved shot after shot, and would not allow himself to be beaten. Thus one of the best games at Machynlleth ended in a draw of one goal each. OBITUARY.—On Monday morning the sad news reached Machynlleth of the sudden death of George, son of Mr Richard Rees, contractor, Maengwyn- street, at the early age of 20 years. The deceased had been for some time past practising as a medical student under Dr. Lewis, at Llandovery. On Saturday he had written a letter to be sent to his parents, but having evidently missed the post it remained unposted till Sunday, and it was de- livered on Monday morning at the same time as the telegram notifying his death was received. The deceased was one of the oldest pupils at the County School. Much sympathy is expressed with the family in their sad bereavement.—On Tuesday last the remains of the late Mr David Jones, Maesypandy, Aberbosan, were interred at Aber- hosan Cemetery. Deceased had been a faithful member of the Congregational Chapel for over 67 years, and for many years had held office as deacon. He was noted for his scriptural knowledge. The funeral was largely attended, the officiating minis- ters being the Revsi Josiah Jones, E. Wnion Evans and John Thomas. Much sympathy is felt with the bereaved family in their great loss.
ABERDOVEY SHIPPING.—S.S. Telephone arrived from Liver- pool on Saturday, and sailed again on Monday night. S.S. Jargon, and S.S. Malachite arrived off I the bar on Friday, but owing to the small tides, were unable to come to the harbour till Tuesday morning. Both steamers are loaded with cement. .ti VISITORS.—Several families and invalids are staying here just now, and many more are expected shortly, and the demand for apartments for the Easter holidays promises a good season. TEMPERANCE.—A very successful meeting was held on Sunday last at the Hall, under the presidency of Mr. Humphrey Rowlands. The Rev. J. Roberts, Corris, gave an excellent address to the children and impressed on them the following points:—Gwylia dy Droed, dy Law, dy Dafod, dy Lygaid, a dy Glvst. W.T.A.—The lady members of the Temperance Association held their annual tea meeting on Tuesday last, a large number being present. In the evening a miscellaneous meeting was held at the Market Hall. The whole affair was a huge success iiid reflected great credit cn the promoters. CRICKET C'LUB —The cricket pitch which has been made this winter for the visitors has been completed, and is one of the best in the district. It is close to the Station. 1111. Frank A. Lindner, Braich Celyn, has accepted the captaincy, and Mr. Z. Jones, National Schools, and Mr. W. V. Thomas, have been appointed Hon. Sees. DEATH OF MR. DAVID JONES, SYCHAT. It is with regret that we have to record the death of Mr. David Jones, Sychnant, which took place on Tuesday in last week, at the age of 40 years. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss. His illness was but a short one, which makes his death all the more sorrowful. He was highly respected in the neighbourhood for his excellent Christian character, and he was considered one of the most useful members of the Tabernacle Welsh C. M. chapel. He took a deep interest in the work of the Sunday School, while be was also a staunch teetotaller. lu him the local Tent of Rechabites has lost a foremost member, and one who filled every office with faithfulness. His funeral was a proof of the esteem in which he was held, being largely attended by the inhabitants of Aberdovey and the surrounding country. The members of the Rechabites Tent also joined imtbe procession. The officiating ministers were the Revs J. D. Jones and H. Jones (Corns). BURIAL BOARD.—This Board met at the Insti- tute on the 6th inst. There were present Mr W. Vaughan Thomas, chairman. Rev. J. Rowlands, Capt. John Evans, Mr John Evans, and Mr John Owen, clerk.—The minutes of the last meeting z_1 were read, confirmed, and signed by the Chairman. —Cheques were signed for salaries, etc., and several burial grants were signed.—This was the last meeting of the Board before the annual Vestry, which will be held sometime this month. The following members will retire after serving the usual period of three years, Rev. J. Rowlands, Capt. John Evans, and Mr John Evans, draper.—The processions of funerals were not so well looked after as they used to be. The Board thought that the different denominations ought to appoint some- one to take care of the funerals in order to have them better arranged, and also that the minister who officiates ought to inform how they are to be formed before starting. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—On Wednesday even- ing week a successful competitive meeting was held at the Wesleyan chapel, when the chair was taken by the Rev. J. W. Davies, the minister, and Talfardd performed the office of conductor with consummate skill and good humour. The following is a list of the awards For the best sailor's gloves 1 or mits, one competitor, who was adjudged very < worthy of the prize, Mrs Edwards, the Station; ( recitation, "Bedd y dyn tylawd," 1 Morris Rowlands, 2 Mary C. Davies; solo competition for t children. Tyred gyda ni," five competing, 1 Thos. Henry Price, 2 Maggie Mary Price; working on ] canvas, Peace, perfect peace," 1 Miss Mary ( Thomas, Tynewydd; soprano solo, Y plentyn a'r j gwlith," 1 Miss Janetta Jones viva voce examina- ( tion on the history of Joseph, to children under 12 years of age, six competitors all equal, viz., D. f Thomas, J. Idris Davies, J. Wm. Morris, Ruth Jones, ] Mary E. Rees, and Mary E. Thomas; baritone solo, Merch y Cadben, two competitors, 1 Hugh Lewis, Aberdovey essay on The teaching of the Bible r on punctuality, cleanliness, and economy," 1 Miss, Jones, Aberdovey; recitation for children under 10 ( years of age, Tobi y Ci," nine competitors, 1 s ai Maggie Price, 2 Lizzie Thomas and M. E. Thomas; baritone solo, "Pinael Anrhydedd" (open to novices), five competitors, 1 Thos. Richards, -Bath- place, 2 John Thomas, Esgairgeiliog; essay, The parables of the gospel according to Matthew, and r the lesson therefrom," 1 Miss Susie Davies, 2 Miss M. C. Richards the Musical Adjudicator, Mr H. R. I Humphreys, Machynlleth, gave a well-received c rendering of a semi-humorous song entitled, Ready Made." The following eight children received prizes on the result of a viva voce examination in the Hyfforddwr," &c., Mary C. Davies, Blodwen Jones, Lizzie Thomas, Maggie M. Price, Maggie Rees, Annie Hughes, Mary Ann Roberts, and Arthur Price. Juvenile choir competition, Morio'r Ydym," two choirs I competed viz., the Tabernacle Choir, conductor, Mr 1 R. Griffith, and Bethel Choir, Mr Hugh Griffith, the 1st prize was awarded to Tabernacle Choir, and < the conductor was invested amid warm and general applause. For the best Workman's Shirt, 1st Mrs ] Jane Jones, Bwlch recitation, Y Groes Ddu," t winner, Mr John Jones, Bryncrug. A poem of four ] stanzas on The Wounded Soldier," 1st, Mr William 1 James, Maethlon. For the best rendering of the quartette Cast thy burden upon the Lord" (Elijah) the first prize was awarded to a party led by Mr Hugh Lewis essay," The Welshman's Char- acteristics," one composition only was received and the writer, Miss Jones, Aberdovey, was deemed very 1 worthy of the prize. Pencil sketch Tricycle and Rider," 1st Hugh Pugh, Llwyngwril; 2nd John Morris Jones, Aberdovey. Written examination on the Gospel of St Matthew, Miss Louisa Anne Jones and Catherine Richards were declared equal in one division, in the other division 1st prize awarded to j Elizabeth Price, 2nd to E. H. Edwards, Liverpool House; best photo frame, Miss A. J. Owen; hazel stick, Mr. Jones, Bwlch; rendering the hymn tune, Carnarvon,' Mr. J. D. Hughes and party, proved victorious. This brought a very interesting and instructive meeting to a close. The accompanists, were Miss Rowlands, Sea View-ter- race, and Miss Susie Davies.
DOLGELLEY. (Further Dolgelley news will be found on page 2). ] APPOINTMENT.—At the last North Merioneth- shire Monthly Meeting, held at Harlech, Dr. Hugh Jones was accepted a member, and also as a deacon of the English Presbyterian Church of this town. POLICE NEWS. On Monday, at the Police Station, before Mr. J. E. Jones, Evan Evans, described as a tramp and an old offender, was charged by P.C. Ben Evans with begging alms at Brithdir. He was sentenced to 14 days imprison- ment. James Henry, another tramp, was also charged with the same offence by P.C. Williams. He was also sent to Carnarvon for a similar term of imprisonment. VOLUNTEER CORPS.—Posters have been issued calling a public meeting at the Shire Hall, on Friday, March 23rd, for the purpose of considering the advisability of forming a Volunteer Corps at Dolgelley. Mr. H. F. Carpenter, we understand, will gladly furnish all necessary information. LECTURE—At the fortnightly meeting of the Liter- ary and Debating Society, held at Bethel school- room on Thursday evening last, a lecture was delivered by Mr. J. Morgan Edwards, B.A., Bar. mouth, on Meirionydd yn adeg y Rhyfel Mawr (Merioneth in the time of the great War). The lecture was an interesting one, and was listened to by a large number. MARIAN MAWR.—The annual letting of the Marian Mawr field was conducted at the Shire Hall on Saturday last by Mr. Lewis Williams. The trustees present were Mr. Vaughan (in the chair), Rev. J. Lloyd (rector), Mr. J. Meyrick Jones (mayor), and Mr. D. Owen (clerk). The first offer made was F,29, but this was increased to £38 10s., being knocked down at that figure to Mr. Richard Richards, Penlan, who suceeds Mr. Evans, Llwyn. DOLGELLEY Boys IN THE WAR.-The following is the copy of a letter just received by Mrs. Evans, Temperanee House, from her son, No. 5626, Private Lewis Evans, F. Company, 1st Welsh Regiment, Field Force, South Africa, dated 5th February. "We left Rensburg on the 1st of February for Naaupoort, and there I met D. R. Davies, another Dolgellev lad. We left Naaupoort on the follow- ing Sunday, but we did not stay there long when orders were received to proceed to Modder River, where the Boers gave us a warm reception. We are now with Lord Methuen, and expect to be in action in about three or four days. I passed a lot of graves on my way to the Modder River, with only a few stones to mark them. The ground where we camp is swarming with scorpions, lizards, snakes. &c." UNITED BAD OF HOPE MEETING.—The annual united meeting of the Band of Hope of the town, arranged by the Women's Temperance Union, was held last Friday at Ebenezer (W.) chapel, under the presidency of the Rev. R. J. Roberts. Previous to the meeting there was a procession with flags and banners of all the bands of hope through the principal streets of the town, and a number of temperance hymns were sung on the Square in the centre of the town, under the conductorship of Mr. William Roberts. At the chapel the following pro- gramme was gone through :—Address by the chair- man song by the children; recitation, Bessie Evans; recitation, Blodwen Davies; song, Ellis Williams; recitation, Gladys Jones; song,Caradog Thomas and party; recitation, Mary Edwards; song, Bertie Davies and party dialogue. Catherine Evans and Jennie Joucs i ecitation, Mary Thomas song by the children; recitation, Lilian Griffin; duett, D. J. Williams and Griffith Ellis; recitation, Morton James Davies; song, Nellie Rowland and party; dialogue, Lizzie Mary Roberts and party; I a recitation, Dicky Wynne Williams; song by the children. The names of the successful candidates from Dolgelley at the examination held by the North Wales Temperance Association was an- ?—— Dounced as follows .-—Second division (under 21 ••'eaTS of a^). second prize. William Roberts third s ™on 14 years of age), M. Eluned Williams. Plasucha (4th out of 92 W, Emyr • Williams, Plasucha; L. Edward Lloyd, Mevrick r Square; R. T. Wiiliarus, Tuduo House; Sarah Jones, Pendref; Evan E. Jones. Pendref; John Roberts, Aran Road; John D. Williams. Lawnt; Hannah L. Owens, Henielin: Winnie Goodwin. Cader Road.
BALA. (i urther Bala news will be found on page 6). URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. Adjourned meeting, Friday, 9th. March,-Present- Mr. R. W. Roberts (chairman. Mr. J. W. Roberts vice-chairman), Messrs. R. Ll. Jones, W. T. Jones, M. J. Jones, Edward Jones, H. Evans, F. Ll. Davies, D. Jones (joiner), Evan Jones, and T. R. Dakin (assistant-clerk.) WELSH HOSPITAL SHIP. A letter was read from Mr. W. Owen, Lion HoteL with a letter he had received from the Hon. Organizing Secretary. Mr. Alfred W. Hughes, on the above subject. lr. Owen adding that sucn a. noble object deserves every possible support from the Principality and suggesting that a public meeting be called to consider it. ° It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr. H. Evans, seconded by Mr. H. L. Davies, that the chairman convene a public meeting, as soon as practicable. KEW WATER PIPES. The Clerk read the correspondence that had passed between him and the contractor (Mr. W. Edwards), with reference to the balance of contract. In answer to a letter asking whether he would accept £46 Os. 6d. S final balance of contract, Mr. Edwards replied in e affirmative, and upon receiving cheque, gave & receipt to that effect. In returning the receipt, however, he claimed L2 2s. 3d. for payment to watch- man, fire and light, and Ll 2s. 6d. for 30 loads of stone raised in cutting the ground. The Surveyor explained that the Contractor had- been made to understand clearly at the commence- ment of operations, that he was to cover the ground every night, but the contractor replied that it would be cheaper; for him to keep a watchman. As to the other claim, also, the Surveyor said there was no liability on the Council, as he had distinctly told him that he could expect nothing for the stones, that the Council paid for carting them out of his way, and that the stones were worth no more than what was paid for carting. It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr. R. L1. Jones, seconded by Mr. Edward Jones, that no notice be taken of Mr. Edwards' demands, and that the Clerk do all that is necessary to protect the Council, in face of any action that may be taken by the contractor. LETTING OF KAiA GREEN. The consideration of this matter was deferred from last meeting. Mr. Edward Jones again proposed, and Mr. D. Jones (joiner), seconded, that the Green be let to Mr. Jacob Thomas on the same terms as before. After a good deal of discussion, Mr. H. Evans proposed an amendment, and Mr. Evan Jones seconded, that the Green be let to the highest bidder, and that an advertisement to that effect be inserted in the local papers. Upon a division, Messrs. J. W. Roberts, Evan Jones, H. Evans, M. J. Jones, and W. T. Jones, voted for the amendment, and Messrs. Edward Jones, H. Ll. Davies, and D. Jones (joiner), voted for the original motion, the amendment was declared carried. The applications are to be sent to the Clerk within a week. LITERARY AND MUSICAL MEETING —A very success- ful literary and musical meeting was held at the C.M. Chapel, Llidiarde, on Thursday evening last. The challenge solo was the means of inducing as many as 21 competitors to enter their names, although several failed to make an appearance. The success of this meeting augurs well for annual institutions of a like nature, and the committee, and especially Mr D. Thomas, Cloddiau, and Mr Hugh Jones, Tany- mynydd, the secretary and the treasurer respectively, are to be congratulated on their work. Rev J. Rowlands (pastor) proved an able chairman and the adjudicators did their work to general satisfaction. The prize offered in the challenge solo competition was won by Mr Edward Lloyd, Llanuwchllyn.