Rural District Council. Mr. John Morgan, Cwmrheidol, presided at the monthly meeting of the Aberystwyth Rural District Council held on Monday morning at the Work- house, when there were also present—Messrs. Edward Jones, Ceulanymaesmawr; Lewis Richards, Cwmrheidol; William Morris, Cyfoethybrenin; J. B. Morgan, Cynnullmawr; Richard James, Henllys; W. A. Miller, Issayndrc; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; David Morgan, Llanfihangel Upper; Evan Richards, Llanfihangel Lower; Daniel Morris, Llanilar; Chas. Davies, Llanychaiarn; J. E. James, Melindwr; Thos. James and Richard Davies, Trefeirig; Richard Thomas, Tirymynach; with Hugh Hughes (clerk), and J. C. Davies (deputy-clerk.) DRAINAGE OF BORTH. The Clerk reported he had received a communi- cation from the Local Government Board enclosing copies of communications from residents of Borth and visitors thereto, making serious complaints as to the drainage of that place. The Clerk said these people were now beginning to wake up, but why bad they not asked for an inspector to come down from London before the present law suit in reference to the drainage was commenced, and not put them to the expense of getting a magistrates' order. Mn Richard James It is evident that the people who cause the nuisance are those who complain. They want to make all the ratepayers pay for taking their nuisance away. r. James Jones: Are these complaints correct 1 Mr. K. James: JNo. Mr. James Jones: Well you must get it chapter and verse to disprove those charges. If it is true it is a very serious matter; if not, let us have something to disprove it.—The Chairman said even if the assertions contained in the communications were correct, it was not the time for them to take action when law proceedings were pending.—Mr. James Jones said they ought then as a Council to report that the place was not in a sani- tary condition. He would not like to go and live there knowing that a death trap existed at the place.—The Clerk said he had an instance to prove the hollowness of the whole thing. When Mrs. Fielding's letter to the Local Government Board was received, he sent to Mrs Fielding and informed her that if she would only sign an agreement to pay the cost of cleaning out the drain trough in the event of the law suit being decided against her, that the Council would have the work carried out. The outlet was now filled up, but the cost of cleaning it out would only be about 30s.—Mr James Jones proposed that they report the place as not being in a sanitary condition.—The Clerk said that they had bad an order against these people.—Mr- James Jones: But perhaps that will not take effect until next September.-Mr Richard James said a lot of the complaints made were untrue. It was stated in one communication that a visitor came there and died after a few days' illness. That had to be looked into.—Mr J. B. Morgan said that that person was almost dead before she came to the place. He would like to be informed whether, if the District Council did anything in the matter, it would injure the legal proceedings pending.—The Clerk replied in the affirmative.—Mr J. B. Morgan said they all knew there was a nuisance at Borth, and a nuisance they could do away with very soon. But it was too bad that these people who caused it should send to the Local Government Board in -order that the whole cost should be placed on the latepayers generally, when they themselves were responsible. It would mean a great cost to Borth to have to lay down a drainage system simply because the hotel people and a few people living on the Terrace refused to have the present drain trough cleared out. The District Council had done things in the past, when, in truth, these people .should have done it and borne the cost.—The Inspector said the hotel people were willing to have the work done.—Mr. James Jones said if there was a nuisance the Council ought to report it and say the place was unhealthy.—Mr. J. B. Morgan thought that the best course would be to get an inspector -down.-The Clerk suggested that he should reply to the Local Government Board stating that they were prepared to open the outlet if the residents of the locality would pay the costs.—Mr. J. B. Morgan proposed that they authorise the Clerk to write to the Local Government Board explaining the Council's position, and then the Board would see they had nothing further to do. He knew the present state of things was too bad to be allowed -daring the summer.—The Clerk said it seemed to him that there were statements in the letters which, to say the least, were exaggerated.—The resolution that the Clerk write to the Local Government Board explaining the position of matters was then unanimously agreed to. CORRESPONDENCE. A communication was read from the Local 4Governinent Board requesting that the plan of the Talybont water works be returned.—The Clerk said he had replied informing the Board that the plan was now being considered by the Parish Council, who intended making certain improve- ments in the scheme.—The Clerk announced he had now been supplied by the assistant overseer with a list of persons liable to payment of water rate in the Uchayndre and Issayndre parishes.—A letter had been received from the chief engineer of the Cambrian Railways asking for a water supply at Borth, and the Clerk intimated that the com- munication had been referred to the Parish Council. GOGINAN DRAINAGE. Another letter was read from the Melindwr Parish Council as to the proposal of the District Council to extend the drain at Goginan from the main road down to Pistyll, explaining that they had received no communication as to what the sub- committee proposed to do. The opinion of the Parish Council was that this extension was noth- ing but throwing money away, and would only mean another extension down to the river. The Parish Council was satisfied that the drain running down into the field was in a satisfactory state.- A lengthy discussion ensued on this question, the Surveyor pointing out that the bottom of the trench where the main was laid was higher than the level of the houses. Consequently the drain- age soaked into the ground, and eventually worked its way into the houses.—The Chairman said the only remedy was to open the trench running in front of the houses, and lay pipes there.—Mr Evan Richards said the Parish Council asserted that the Medical Officer had not condemned the present drain. He would propose that the Medical Officer and the Inspector visit the place and report as to its sanitary condition.—This was seconded and unanimously agreed to. LLANBADARN ROAD. In accordance with instructions received at the previous meeting, the Clerk presented the contract and specification entered into between the Council and Mr William Edwards as to the laying of water mains to Llanbadarn, the County Council having written complaining of the unsatisfactory state in which the pipe-track had been re-laid. He also read the certificate given by Mr Roderick Lloyd, which stated that the work had been completed in a satisfactory manner, and in a manner credit- able to the contractor. The Clerk added he had had a conversation with the Contractor, who in- formed him that he had filled the trench, and rammed the stones down, making it level with the other portion of the road. He had been requested to leave the heap of stones on the road by Mr Roderick Lloyd.-On the. motion of Mr W. A. Miller, it was decided to write to the County Coun- cil giving the contractor's version of the affair. CWMYSTWYTH BRIDGE. Mr. David Morgan, in accordance with notice given, moved that the Council contribute £ 10 toward the repair of the bridge across the River Ystwyth at Cwmystwyth. The mover said the Tregaron Board had agreed to contribute £10, pro- vided this Council did likewise, and that Z10 was also collected locally. There was great need for this to be done, as owing to the instability of the bridge, a funeral had been unable to cross it the previous Saturday, the coffin having to be taken through the river on a cart.—Mr. Morgan's propo- sition was, after a little discussion, agreed to with- out a dissentient, and a committee, consisting of Mr. Morgan, Mr. Powell, and the Surveyor, was appointed to confer with the Tregaron Board. MEDICAL OFFICER'S ANNUAL REPORT. Dr. John James, as medical officer of health for the northern division of the Council's district, sub- mitted his annual report for 1899, which was as follows:—" According to the last census the population of the district is 8,021, and my results are based on this census, but it is my belief that the number has considerably increased in the mean- time owing to the revival of the mining industry and of the building trade in North Cardiganshire, .and if my opinion is correct the death-rate and the ;birth-rate will be correspondingly lower. Dividing ,the district into three sub-districts, viz., Aberyst- wyth, Geneurglyn, and Rheidol, each has a popula- tion of 1656, 3621, and 2744 respectively. The number of births registered during the year was 178 (males 92, females 96), giving an annual birth-rate of 22 per 1,000 of the population. This is less by 18 than last year's number of births, and 8 below the average of the last four years. The births in the different districts were as follows,:— Aberystwyth, 43; Geneurglyn, 83; Rheidol, 52. The "number of deaths during the year was 188 (males 86. females 102), showing an annual death- rate of 23 4. This number includes the death of six persons not belonging to the district, who died in the Union Workhouse. The reduced number is 182, and the death-rate is 22-6. This is the highest rate since the year 1891. Of the deaths, 44 occurred in the Aberystwyth district, 81 in Geneurglyn dis- trict, and 63 in the Rheidol district. The deaths were as follows :—Under one year, 30; ore year and under five, 8; 5 years and under 15, 10 16 and under 25, 14; 25 and under 65, 53; 65 and upwards, 73. The high mortality among children under one year is nearly one-sixth of the total number of deaths, and 168 6 per thousand of the registered number of births. Many of these deaths were caused by convulsions and stomach disorders, due largely, as pointed out in my last year's report, to improper food, which consists of all kinds of in- digestible stuff, intended for the nourishment of babies a few weeks, and even a few hours old. The natural food is the mother's milk, and the best substitute for that is diluted cow's milk. Many of the deaths among infants under one year were due to whooping cough indirectly. The principal causes of death were as follows :-Diphtheria, 1; whooping cough, 2; diarrhoea, 1; rheumatic fever, 1; phthisis, 30; bronchitis, pneu- monia, and pleurisy, 29; heart disease, 23; cancer, 9; all other diseases, 91. Dur- ing the year 27 cases of infectious diseases were notified, consisting of 24 cases of scarlet fever, 2 of diphtheria, and one of typhoid fever. The number of infected houses were as follows:- 10 with scarlet fever, two with diphtheria, and one with typhoid fever. The case of typhoid occured at Maesbangor Arms, and I was unable to trace its origin. Enforced isolation and the extensive use of disinfectants successfully arrested the spread of this disease. The two cases of diphtheria occurred at Goginan, where I found the drainage in a bad state and the foul air emanating therefrom was sufficient to account for the origin of the disease. One of these cases ended fatally. As to sanitary progress in the district, Llanbadarn village has now been provided with an abundant supply of pure water from the Plynlimon main, and this has been conveniently distributed throughout the entire village, a boon which will be of inestimable value to the villager in future. Tynllidiart also gets its water from the same main. The Borth water supply was made adequate to the demand, and last summer the supply was satisfactory. The construction of a new drain at Goginan undoubtedly adds to the health resources of the place, but in my opinion the drain is not yet perfect. Pwllhoby, Llanbadarn, has also been improved, and the District Council has succeeded in improving the sanitation of Borth by compelling the inhabitants to cleanse. the Mill Leet, and it has also endeavoured to abate the nuisance created by the wooden trough which deposits obnoxious matter on the beach at Borth. Bye-laws have been promulgated by the District Council with a view to the sanitary inprovement of the architecture of dwellings, and if these bye-laws are carefully observed insanitary habitations will ultimately vanish from the district. It is to be hoped that the officers appointed to inspect plans and specifications of new buildings will strictly enforce these new regulations, so as to achieve the desired results, i.e., dry, well-ventilated and smoke- less houses. Reverting to the subject of the crowding of small houses at Wylnosau, I beg to state that results have justified my remarks of last year. There is a decided improvement in this respect. The custom is fast be- coming less fashionable, and we can contidently expect further beneficial results from its discon- tinuance, as it behoves us all to discontinue the habit. There is also an apparent falling off in the pernicious habit of visiting those persons suffering from acute illness to the detriment both of the visitant and the patient. A great deal of igno- rance seemingly exists as to the actual cause of diseases. Providence is regarded by many as the sole and only cause of disease and death. In the opinion of not a few there are no contagious dis- eases, and the fates which unravel the threads of their destiny ward off all evils, no matter how im- pregnated with poisonous germs the air they breathe. A clergyman once entered a house in my district for shelter, when he heard a child cough- ing violently. He asked the mother if the child had whooping cough. She answered Yes." No sooner did he hear the reply than he and his child- ren speedily made their exit. When outside he heard the mother of the little sufferer exclaiming What a fine clergyman you are, don't you believe in Jesus Christ" (loud laughter). These remarks are intended to impress on the public mind the fact that though many diseases are contagious, the contagion can be avoided, and also that con- sumption, which claims one-sixth of the total num- ber of deaths during the year as its victims, is con- tagious. The report was considered a very satisfactory one, and was unanimously adopted.
BOW STREET. ALLEGED HOUSE-BREAKING.— At the Aberystwyth Police Court on Saturday last, Jonn Allen, labourer, of Cork, was brought up in custody charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house of Mr. John Corbett, of Rliydir, Bow Street, on Saturday, March 10th. On that day, Mr. and Miss Corbett were at Aberystwyth, and upon their return home it was found that the house had been entered, and that R,7 in gold, some silver, and a lady s gold watch, valued at E7, had been removed. The police were informed, and on Monday P.C.'s Davies and Powell arrested the accused at a place thirteen miles away. Only a few coppers were found on him, but it was proved that he had been "standing treat" in the roadside inns on the Saturday evening. The footmarks in the house corresponded with the boots worn by the accused. The Bench committed him for trial.
ABERDOVEY THE CONTRACT for the addition to the Board School has been let to Mr. W. Jones Hughes, builder. PERSONAL.—Mr. W. Jones Hughes, builder, has been returned unopposed as a member of the Urban District Council. GARDENING.—Mr. Rowlands, Liverpool House, has a stock of new and fresh garden seeds and seed potatoes for the present season. SHIPPING.—S.S. "Malachite" sailed last Thursday after discharging a heavy cargo of cement. S.S. Tele- phone arrived in port on Saturday, and discharging part of her cargo sailed on Monday for Barmouth. VOLUNTEERS.—So popular has this movement be- come at Aberdovey that the requisite number of recruits have been enrolled to warrant the command- ing officer to permanently appoint a sergeant-in- structor for the place. WELSH HosPITAL.-Now is Mr. R. Ff. Williams' chance to do something for the good cause. As con- ductor of the Choral Union he ought to take the initiative and get up a eoncert and hand over the whole of the proceeds toward the Hospital. Professor Alfred Hughes (native of Aberdovey) is one of the hon sees. SALE.—Tne Dovev Hotel" has at last been sold through the agency of Mr. H. P. Hughes, Towyn, It is understood that the new landlord comtemplates making considerable alteration to the building, and will endeavour to make the hotel what it was years ago, a first class family and commercial hotel. INSTITUTE.—The committee are making considerable alteration in the upper room. New cupboards have been added, and the old cupboards moved to more suitable places. The books are to be grouped to- gether, all the novels in one part, then comes books of travel, &c. The committee have also voted a sum of R,5 towards buying some of the late st books, and after these come to hand it is their intention to proceed at once to compile a new catalogue, and not before it was badly wanted.
EGLWYSFACH. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—There was a large audience at the recently opened schoolroom, Eglwysfacli, on Thursday evening last, when an interesting com- < petitive meeting was held. The chair was occupied by Mr. Wm. Lloyd, Machynlleth, and Mr. Edward Breese made a successful conductor. The programme was as follows:-So-ig, Miss Lumley; temperance dialogue, Misses Tibbott and Davies; singing com- petition, "Y milwr bach," best Blodwen Morris; duet competition, "Gadewch i blant by chain," prize awarded to Miss Richards, Dovey Bridge, and Miss Polly Lewis, Dolguog stanza on Baden-Powell," best Mr. Teddie Jones; recitation, Awn ar ol yr Iesu," won by Mr. Richard J. Jones solo, Rhyddid Cymru," won by Mr. Richard Pughe Jones, Esgair- ceiliog recitation, I I lesu *r bugail mwyn, won by Master Hugh R. Jones; penillion, Ysgol Penybont," best Mr. E. Meredith Jones; song, Llances y dyffryn," Mr. Owen Morris; pencil sketch, Mr. Theodore Davies; quartette, "Tonymanod," Mr. Wm Evans and party; Pantycelyn," Richard Hughes and party. The adjudicators were Rev. Wnion Evans, Mr. Rowland Williams, and Mr. Evan Jones, B.A. Miss Catherine and Mr. William Williams were the accompanists, and the duties of secretary and treasurer were carried out in an efficient manner by Mr. Howell Davies and Mr. John Jones respectively.
LLANWENOG. AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.—A general meeting of the Llanwenog Agricultural Society, was held at Drefach on Saturday, 17th. March. Colonel Davies-Evans presiding, and was well attended by members. Officers were appointed for the year, and matters in connection with the society were discussed. It was decided to hold the annual show on the 2nd. of May. Several amendments were made in the prize list, and a few more classes put in. The officers are:— President. Colonel Davies-Evans, Highmead (Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire); vice-presidents, Captain Stewart, Alltyrodyn; and Captain Evans, Camnaut Hall; treasurer, Mr. Walter Davies, The Mill; secretary, Mr. T. Bowen, Maesyfelin stewards, Messrs. D, Thomas, Dolwen; J. Rees, Taigwynion; D. Jenkins, Rhiwsonuchaf; W. Jones, Nantygelli Villa; J. Evans, Dolau-uchaf; D. Jones, Derlwyn, and T. Davies, Maesgwyn. The Society is in a very flourishing condition, having about 80 members and with such active and business-like men as officials, a very successful show is anticipated.
MACHYNLLETH. POLICE COURT.—On Tuesday, before Mr Richard Rees, John Dickson, a native of Glasgow, was brought by in custody by P.C. Tudor charged with begging alms at Llanbrynmair on Monday, and the case having been proved the Bench committed the man to prison for seven days. FIRE.-On Thursday afternoon last a fire occured at the premises of Messrs Morgan and Sons, Central Buildings, Maengwyn-street. The fire originated in the store room. The alarm having been given, a host of willing helpers with buckets of water succeeded in extinguishing the flames, but not before some considerable damage had been done. The unpreparedness of the local authority in case of fire was greatly commented upon, and thongh there is plenty of water in the town, the hose could not be obtained until after the fire had been got under. If it were not for the H bucket brigade" the whole block probably would have been burned. Much sympathy is felt with Mr. Morgan, who has only recently fitted up his premises, as his loss was not insured. COUNCIL AND GUARDIAN ELECTIONS. The nomination of candidates for seats on the District Council at the forthcoming election is as follows:— North Ward—2 vacancies, Messrs W. M. Jones and John Pugh West Ward, 2 vacancies, Mr. R. Owen and Dr. E. Davies Rees; South Ward, 1 vacancy, Mr. R. Gillart. All the above with the exception of Dr. Rees, are members of the present Council. Dr. Rees takes the seat vacated by his father (Mr. E. Rees). For the casual vacancy, Air. Evan Reese, Mount Pleasant, and Mr. John Micah, cattle dealer, have been nominated. The election takes place on March 31st. For the three vanancies on Board of Guardians' Mrs. Lloyd, Bank place Mr. R. Gillart, and Mr. Thomas James, Cemetry lodge, have bean nominated. Mr. T. Parsons was nomi- nated, but his nomination papers were declared in- valid. Mr. D. Williams had also been nominated, but he withdrew. MACHYNLLETH RIFLE RANGE.—At a meeting of the Montgomeryshire County Council on Friday, several communications were read respecting the refusal of the Main Roads Committee to grant permission to carry a rifle range across the public road at Mach- ynlleth. A communication stated the precaution that would be taken to protect the public.—The Clerk read a letter from Col. E. Pryce-Jones, M.P., in which he stated that he felt sure that the Main Roads Com- mittee had decided the question under some misap- prehension. Captain Walker, the Adjutant of the 5th Volunteer Battalion, S.W.B., had informed him that a range would be perfectly safe to the public, and he hoped therefore on further consideration that the Council would grant the application so as not to im- pede the volunteer movement in Machynlleth. Lieut. Wakefield also wrote nopmg tney would grant the application, and said that Mr Rees would present an extensively signed petition in favour of it.—Mr Rees said he had great pleasure in supporting the applica- tion. He did not think there would be any danger to the public whatever in the matter they had in ques- tion. There had not been much pedestrian traffic over it for many years. The range was to be con- structed on the same site as was used many years ago for a rifle range. The Merionethshire County Coun- cil had given its permission so far as their rights over Park Common were concerned, and he had in his hand a memorial signed by all the members of the Council, and also by a large number of ratepayers. There was a strong feeling in Machynlleth in regard to the decision of the last Main Road's Committee. The residents of the district were afraid that the majority of the Main Roads Committee were pro- Boers (laughter). The War Office had given their sanction to the construction of the range, and it had stimulated the volunteer movement very much. A short time ago they had but very few members in Machynlleth, but now they had over 80 (applause). In a short time they would have a company worthy of the ancient garrison of MachynHeth. It was, hit thought, the duty of every public body to do what they could to promote the efficiency of the volunteers (hear, hear), and he hoped the Council would grant the appiicaLlOn.Nlr. E. K Jones Gelnbryn- talch, strongly supported the application. He was quite sure that when the question was brought before thn Main Roads Committee they were under some misapprehension as to the circumstances of the case. After hearing the letter written by Captain Walker, and the speech made by Mr. Rees, he thought they would all agree there was no possible danger to the public. The War Office would take care that the public were properly safe guarded. So far as he could see the element of danger was reduced to a minimum. The Council had sanctioned other rifle ranges, where the line of fire crossed public roads, and where if there was any range at all it would be more likely to be in this instance. Any member of the public passing along that road would not only be in sight of those whose duty it would be to look after the safety of the public but in full view of the whole firing, three or four hundred yards distance.—Mr. John Jones (chairman of Main Roads Committee) assured the Couucil that the Committee had come to the decision they did in the interest of the public. The Main Roads Committee were neither pro-Boers nor jingoes as had been suggested (laughter). There was no doubt that there was a danger, as the pre- cautions which were to be taken would prove the Main Roads Committee had acted wisely in allowing the jingoes of Machynlleth to present the petition and to state the precautions they were prepared to set up. He would have no objection in reversing his Committee's decision, and would not vote one way or the other.—G. W. Griffiths said he was an old volunteer, and he had been practising on the range 35 years ago. He had never seen any danger or an accident there, and persons coming along the road could see a long distance before them on both sides. There was then ten times more traffic on the road, as tho mines, etc., were being worked.—The Chairman, (A. C. Humphreys-Owen) said that the case presented to the Committee was one of danger. No member of the Committee had the least idea of in any way hindering the efficiency of the volunteers. On the contrary the Council, he felt sure, would do every thing it could to encourage the volunteer movement. After the explanation was given he did not think the Council would hesitate to grant the permission.—On the motion of Mr. Rees being put to the Council it was unanimously agreed to grant the application. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. An adjourned meeting of the Urban District Council was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, March 20th, when there were present: Mr W. M. Jones, pre- siding, Messrs John Thomas (vice chairman), Edward Rees, G. W. Griffiths, David Smith, J. Pugh, T. Parsons, J. M. Breeze, E. Gillart, H. Lewis, Dr. Davies (medical officer), D. Davies Evans (rate col- lector), John Jones (surveyor), with Mr John Row- lands (clerk), and Mr Phillip Jones (assistant clerk). —Only one tender for carting house refuse was re- ceived, namely, that of Mr Evan Jones, Tanybryn, stating that he wanted 5s. per day for carting house refuse.—Only one tender was received for the carting of street refuse, and that from the same person (Evan Jones, Tanybryn), which stated that lie re- quired 5s. per week for the carting of the above refuse.—Mr E. Gillart: Does he work one whole day in a week, Mr Surveyor ?-The Surveyor replied that he did work one day and more, viz., Saturday after- noon and several hours during the week.—Mr John Pugh said that 5s. a week was a very reasonable sum for a man and the use of a horse and cart. He also said that it would not be an easy job to get a man at a smaller wage.—Mr Breeze said that he thought the sum asked for carting house refuse, viz. 5s., ¡was too much.—Mr John Pugh said that he agreed with Mr Breeze, and he also stated that there were buckets instead of water closets in some houses, and that Mr Evan Jones, the carrier, had asked him if he was to see to those as well as the street refuse.—The Cloak replied that lie was to do it, as it had always been done by other men before him.—Mr John Pugh sug- fested that the Surveyor should go and see Mr Evan ones and ask him to reduce the salary to 4s. per day from 5s. This was seconded by Mr E Gillart and unani- mously agreed to.—In a few minutes Mr Evan Jones entered the Council, and the Chairman complained to him that the price was very high this year. Evan Jones replied that there was more work in the town as it was growing very fast. He then said that he would reduce by a shilling, so that he should receive eighteen shillings instead of nineteen. Thirteen for carting the ashes, and five shillings for sweeping the streets. It was proposed and seconded that his tender be accepted.—And this was agreed to, The Chairman also stated that lie had had complaints owing to the carrier (Evan Jones) overloading the cart and loosing some of the refuse on the streets. The Chairman said it would be better for him to take one load more than overload the cart. The Surveyor's report estimated the cost of repairing streets, sanitary and manual labour at £46 16s Od raising stone, Z12 10s Od; carting stone, £7 10s Od; breaking stone L13 15s Od total stone account £33 13s Od. In his report the Surveyor stated that he had 200 tons of stone at 4s. lOd. per ton making a total of L48 6s 8d.-The Clerk Does this include last year's.—The Surveyor: No this year only. The Sur- veyor stated that 350 tons would be wanted again this year, as half the streets were left undone. He also said that he could not get anybody to break the stones at any price, and that the tramps in the Work- house only break two cwt. now instead of four cwt. owing to the Local Government Board interfering. Mr. John Pugh You say that half the streets arc left undone.—The Surveyor Yes.—Mr. John Pugh: Well, can't you spread the stones for two years.—The Sur- veyor My plan is to have the streets finished. The total cost for repairing streets without the salaries of officers was E234 18s Bd- Last year's estimate was R,251 5s 8d. He had two men working on the road, one for the whole year, and the other for 40 weeks.—The Clerk Can you tell us how many days were given to sanitary work.—The Surveyor: Two days a week.—The Clerk That means 6s a week. —The Surveyor Yes.—Mr. John Pugh asked the surveyor if he was satisfied with the two workmen.— The Surveyor said that he was quite satisfied.—Mr. H. Lewis proposed that they should spend more than 491 16s. on the carting of gravel.—It was agreed to pay ZI 4s. more.—Dr. Davies said that the slaughter house should be well watered and put in a sanitary condition.
BARMOUTH. So IRE E.-On Tuesday night week a miscellaneous entertainment was held at the Masonic Hall, which was successfully got up by Mr. John Jones, secretary of the new library and newsroom. The proceeds, which reached several pounds, goes towards enhancing the funds of the above in- stitution. SNOW.—On Friday and Saturday mornings we had a fall of snow. On the first day it partly covered the ground, but the sun coming out rather strong it soon disappeared. On Saturday we had a much heavier fall, and the ground was covered some inches deep, but this again disappeared early in the afternoon from the effect of strong sun- shine, and thus fulfilling the ancient adage, March, many weathers*" BAND OF HOPBT-The annual meeting of the Sunday School children of Siloam Welsh Congre- gational Chapel took place on Friday evening under the auspices of the Band of Hope. The pro- gramme included competitions in singing and recitations. At the close of the present month the weekly meetings which are held during the winter for children will be brought to a close at all the Nonconformist Chapels, and the result of the work of the season is invariably very prolific, as was the case at the present meeting, the chapel being well filled by parents and others. SALE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE.—As will be seen from our advertising columns Messrs Daniel. Son &. Meredith, the well-known auctioneers, of Towyn and Aberystwyth, will sell by auction on the 28th inst, the whole of the valuable household furniture and other effects, at No. 1, Moss Bank. PETTY SESSIONS.—The monthly sessions were held on Friday last at the Police Station, before Dr. Hugh Lloyd (chairman), Messrs W.J. Morris, Lewis Lewis, John Evans. and Ellis Wilkins.—Orders were made for the payment of the general district rate upon Ellis Williams, Marine Gardens, Edward Humphreys,, Bronaber, Robert Foulkes, 4, Aber- man-terrace, G. E. Lowe, Penyrallt, Mary Williams, 2, Morfin-terrace, and Elizabeth Lloyd, 4, Harlith- terrace. WAR NEWS.—The inhabitants are well kept up with the latest news from the seat of war. Tele- grams of any important news are received several times during the day at the Sailors' Institute, besides those that are posted up on the pillars in front of the Corsygedol Hotel. We live in a wonderful age. To-day we get news from the battlefield flashed across seas and continents, and we read our telegrams at this peaceful and quiet little watering-place even before the smoke has cleared away from the scene of action in far off lands; and our comments and cheers are uttered simultaneously with the groans of the dying and the shouts of the victor. TEA PARTY AND ENTERTAINMENT.—On Wednes- day afternoon week the members of the Christ Church Sunday School held their annual tea and entertainment. Tea and currant cake and other seasonable dainties were spread in profusion on the tables, and these were not cleared until 6-30 p.m., so as to give the older scholars an opportunity, after their day's work was over, to partake of the .1'1 -J_3 ro ,1 gooa inings proviueu ior tne occasion, rv nen ail had done justice to the eatables a short interval was allowed before the evening meeting was com- menced with. The meeting was well attended and there was an excellent programme, and all its varied items were well gone through by the scholars, which shewed that much labour had been bestowed on the children. WEST MERIONETH C.M. MONTHLY MEETING.— The Calvinistic Methodists in the district of this monthly meeting have just issued their annual statistical report for the year ending December 31, which on persusal shews that the cause is in a sound condition and is making progress slowly but surely. The following items taken from the report will be of interest. The total amount, which con- sisted of free will contribution towards the various institutions connected with the denominations, reached during the year the handsome sum of £ 12,343; out of which £3,783 was towards liquidat- ing the chapel debts; Z662 for home and foreign mission which are solely supported by the Con- nexion. This is the largest sum that has ever been collected in the district; L209 towards the relief of tbe poor members of the denomination this again shows an increase of £43. The church members have reached 8,958, although it seems a large number it is only a little over one half of those that attend the various churches as hearers only, who have not become professed members. One hundred and twenty- eight have joined the cause anew during the year, but the number of backsliders were for the same period 146. When we take into account the number of young people that were received as full members from the churches, the actual increase for the year is 39, which does not compare very favourably with the increase in 1896-7-8. Death took away 161 full members, being an increase of 14 on 1898, and amongst whom were several noted and faithful deacons. The Sunday School members have decreased, the number on the books are less by 221. It is to be hoped that this institution which has done such good work in the Principality will again recover its position, and increase in number. In the report referred to there is not only a cause to be thankful, but a call for further energy and activity. Over thirteen hundred pounds have already been promised within this district towards the hundred thousand pounds which the Denomina- tion intends raising the next two years in com- memoration ofJZthe opening of the twentieth century. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the above Council was held at the Council's Offices on Tuesday, when the following members were present:—Messrs Hugh Evans, Capt. J. Richards, E. Richards, O. W. Morris, Richard Roberts, Edward Williams, D. E. Davies, Owen Williams, William Owen, and H. Wynne Williams, with Wm. George (clerk), O. Jones (assist- ant clerk), J. Adams (surveyor), and Dr. Hughes (medical officer). In the absence of the Chairman (Rev. Gwyuoro Davies), Mr Hugh Evans was unani- mously voted to the chair. PARAPBT LAYING. Mr Owen Williams a-,kfe- why had the laying of parapets not been proceeded with. The Surveyor said that there was not a proper place to mix the materials used. The Chairman said that the Surveyor was right, as it was necessary that the stuff should be kept dry. Mr D. E. Davies (to the surveyor): Where were you when the man from Llandudno was here on Thursday or Friday last. Ihe Chairman and Mr Richards went to look for you, but you could not be seen anywhere. The Surveyor: H'um. Mr Davies You may say H'um," the interests of the ratepayers must be defended, and I take it that the person who sent for the man (Mr Hughes) from Llandudno was only throwing the ratepayers' money away, and I wish to know who sent for him. The Surveyor I did. The matter was then referred to a committee. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor submitted his monthly report, which was as follows "I was asked at a special meeting on March 13th to submit a report on a building now in course of construction at the rear of Glanywerydd, the property of Mr D. G. Davies. I must inform you that the plan prepared is very far from being in ac- cordance with the requirements of our bye-laws. I am now referring to the plan alone. A block plan should have been shown to you, also, it should have shown to you the position of the building and appur- tenances of the properties immediately adjoining, the width and level of the street in front, and of the street, if any, at the rear of such building, the level of it, and of any yard. A description of the materials in writing have also been omitted. I beg also to inform you that there is a deviation from the plans in connection with the building in several minor matters, and also in a more serious matter, such as a cellar which is not shown on the plan. The mode of constructing the roof deviates from the plan. I find that the new erection encroaches on the air space of three other dwelling houses, besides its own requirements. A block plan and a specification of materials had not been submitted of the proposed new library. Otherwise the plans are in accordance with our byelaws. I beg to state that I have laid a portion of kerbing between Last Inn and Barmouth Hotel, and am now preparing asphalt for the work. I have had about 24 tons of chipping stones and seven truck loads of macadam. I beg to call your attention to a small house at the back of Waterloo place. The house is too small for the number of occupants, and it is also devoid of sanitary arrangements. I sent a notice to the occupants some time ago, but to no effect. A stone crusher is at work at Graigfawr. I beg to inform you that I connected several houses during the month. There has already been laid 92 loads of stone from Vronlen to Vrondeg." Mr D. E. Davies asked, in regard to Glanywerydd, whether the report was prepared in accordance with instructions given to the Surveyor. The Surveyor said that he was instructed to report whether the building was erected according to the dans. The Chairman said he thought the Surveyor had already reported on the building, and he understood that he was now to report on the plan. The matter then ended. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. The committee called the Council's attention to the fact that Mr. John Thomas did not send in a monthly report, and the Committee thought it important that a report should be regularly made. The report was adopted. TOWN IMPROVEMENTS COMMITTHE. The Selbourne Society having given up their tenancy of the Panorama Hall, the committee recom- mended that tenders for the letting be invited by means of posters. A scheme for advertising, sub- mitted by the Rev. Gwynoro Davies, was discussed and heartily recommended to the Council. The following were suggested to form a committee to carry out the said scheme :-Messrs. R. W. Jones, J. P. Jones (Hugo Villas), H. E.. Williams, J. Martin Williams, O. W. Morris, Hugh Evans, John Richards, Rees Jones (Glanydon), John Parry (Marine-terrace), Rees Jones (Aelydon), Joseph Jones, and J. E. Owen. Mr. Morris said he was given to understand that one of the members of the members of the committee had withdrawn, and he should like to know wnethei the Council was gomg to appoint another instead that day or at another meeting. It was agread that the matter be taken in com- mittee. The report was unanimously adopted. COMMITTBB OF THB WHOLB COUNCIL. The report of this committee was to the effect that it had been decided to order six truck loads of chip- pings from Tonfanau Quarry at 3s. 5s. per ton, carriage paid to Barmouth station. It was also resolved to order 300 tons of crushed stones from Penrhyn, and to give power to the chairman of the General Purposes Committee to order a larger quantity if necessary. It was also resolved that at least 100 yards of parapits be proceeded with forthwith, viz., from Last Inn to Barmouth Hotel, and from Mansion House to the Market Hall. The Chairman (Mr. J. Richards), and the Surveyor were appointed to superintend the carrying out of the work, and to order the quantity of material necessary; the same to be procured at the earliest time possible, so as to complete the work by the 31st March. This report was also adopted. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. Dr. Hughes in his monthly report, drew attention to the little kouse at the back of Waterloo-place. He had before now drawn the attention of the Council to the insanitary condition of this place, He now found that it was inhabited by two adults and two children. There was barely sufficient air space for one adult aid one child. He recommended that the place be closed asjunfit for Iranian habitation. I Mr. H. W. Williams proposed, and Mr. E. Richards seconded, that the report be adopted, and this was agreed to, and instructions were given to have the medical officer's recommendation carried into effect. COLLECTOR'S REPORT. This report. was as follows :—Outstanding for the month ending 16th March, L371 lis. ld. amonIlt already collected, £ 65 leaving unpaid, Z328 ils. Id. The report was considered very satisfactory, and it was unanimously adopted. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from Alderman Lewis Lewis. Hill Side, asking the Council to accept his resignation as their representative on the County School Governing Body. Mr. E. Williams proposed that the Council accept the resignation with regret, and that a letter be sent to Alderman Lewis to this effect, and thanking him for his past services. Mr. O. W. Morris seconded, and the resolution was unanimously carried, and it was further decided to place on the agenda of the next meeting the election of a new representative. LOW WATER MARK. A communication was read from Capt. Witlock, Government Survey Offices, Chester, Vith regard to the low water mark at Barmouth, "which he had previously spoken of, and he wished the Council to decide on the matter at this meeting. The Assistant Clerk said this matter had not been before the Council before. Mr. H. W. Williams said it was a very important matter, and steps should be taken in connection with it at once. Mr. O. W. Morris proposed, and it was agreed, that the matter be dealt with in committee. APPOINTMENT OF ASSISTANT OVERSEER. It was agreed that this matter be adjourned to a special meeting to be held next Tuesday.
HARLECH. CYFARFOD LLENYDDOL.—-Cynhaliwyd cyfarfod llenyddol Eglwysig Gorllewinbarth Ardudwy yn Ysgol y Bwrdd, Harlech, dydd Sadwrn diweddaf, Mawrth 17eg. Llywydd y cyfarfod ydoedd y Parch Jenkin Davies, Llanfair, arweinydd, y Parch J. Harries, Harlech Cyfeilydd, Mr B. C. Lloyd, Har- lech; trysoryddes, Miss C. Richards, Llanfair. Dyma restr o waith. cyfarfod y prydnawn :—Anerchiad gan y llywydd, y Parch Jenkin Davies: unawd, plant (dan 14eg oed), goreu, Lizzie Jane Jones. Harlech ail, Mary Jane Williams, Harlech; 3ydd, William Hughes, Llanfair; adrodd (i rai dan 8 oed), goreu, Gwen Hughes, ail, M. L. Hughes, Dyffryn llawysgrif (i rai dan 10 oed), goreu Evan O. Williams, Harlech drawing, Swan." goreu Lizzie Williams, Llanfair deuawd (i rai dan 14 oed) goreu Lizzie J. Jones, Harlech a'g Edward H Owens I Llanfair ail, Mary Jane a'g Evan O. Williams, Harlech; drawing "Horse" goreu Bobbie Williams, Llanfair; ail, Johnnie Thomas, Llanfair adrodd (i rai dan 12 oed), goreu Lizzie Williams, ail, Bobbie Williams, Llanfair unawd offerynol, goreu Evan O. William, Harlech adrodd (i rai dros 12 oed), goreu Lizzie J. Jones, Harlech ail, Johnnie Thomas, Llanfair; cooking apron, goreu, C. Thomas, Llanfair; crotchet edging, goreu, Miss Hughes, Harlech cor plant, goreu, Cor Llanfair. Torwyd y cyfarfod i fyny yn swn seiniau yr Anthem Genedlaethol, Dyma eto raglen cyfarfod yr liwvr: —Pianoforte duet, gan B. C. Lloyd a Miss Hughes, anerchiad gan y llywydd y Parch Jenkin Davies, anerchiad gan y Parch D. R. Lewis, Dyffryn, yr hwn a alwodd a'r bawb oedd yn bresenol i roddi Cheers" i Lord Roberts a'i Fvddin, acï'r Gatrawd Gymreig," a rhoddwyd "Cheers"' iddynt nes yr oedd yr adeilad yn aidsain a siglo netted d'oyley goreu Mrs Davies, Llanfair Rectory corganiad goreu,- Cor, Taisarnau chiid's pinafore, goreu, Miss C. Thomas, Llanfair; Triawd, goreu R. Roberts, Taisarnau, a'i barti; traethawa, "Glanweithdra," cydradd Miss B. Parry Jones, Llanfair Rectory, a Mrs. Mary Griffiths, Tai- sarnau unawd Contralto, goreu Miss Maggie Jones, Talsarnau traethawd, '• Paham yr wyf yn Eglwyswr," goreu Miss Maggie Griffiths, Rhyd Goch, Taisarnau; tonau cor Taisarnau; unawd Tenor, goreu R. Roberts (R. R.), Taisarnau carved photsgraph frame, goreu Mrs. Davies, Llanfair Rectory; parti merched, goreu parti Llanfair v Harlech United; pryddest, goreu Miss Alice Thomas, Harlech; unawd, Anchored," goreu J. Morris, Britannia Shop, Harlech; muslin apron, goreu Miss Mary Hughes, Llanfair Rectory; patriotic song, Queen and Country," yn hynod effeithiol gan Mr. B. C. Lloyd, Harlech, a'r gynull- eidfa yn uno yn y cydgan; pedwarawd, cydradd Hugh Hughes a'i barti, a Samuel Williams a'i barti, y ddau o Harlech; prif draethawd, goreu Mr. Griffith Thomas, Llanfair: Llawysgrif (i rai dan 16 oed), goreu Johnny Williams, Harlech, ail Martha Lloyd, Taisarnau; carved blotter, goreu Miss L. Williams, Bennarfawr, Dyffryn; prif gystadleuaeth gorawl, anthem Clodforaf yr Arglwydd," goreu Llanfair a. Harlech United. Terfynwyd y cyfarfod trwy ganu Duw gadwo'r Frenhines." Cafwyd cynulliadau rhagorol yn llawn hwyl a brwdfrydedd
DOLGELLEY. TEMPERANCE.—A temperance meeting was held at the Public Rooms on Saturday evening, Mr Owen Pugh, Tanygader, presiding. Speeches were delivered by several gentlemen. APPOINTMENT.—We congratulate Mr D. Rees, B.A. (Lond), third master at the county school, on his appointment to an assistant mastership at the Rhyl county school. BAPTIST CHAPEL.—A sum of £14 9s 4td was realised as the result of the entertainment held last week in connection with the above chapel. The proceeds are to be devoted to the new cemetery. PERSONAL.—At a meeting of the Merioneth County Council on Thursday, Mr William Hughes, Mervinian House, was elected alderman in place of the late Dr. Edward Jones, and Dr. John Jones was elected a member of the County Governing Body. EISTEDDFODIC SUCCESS.—Mr John Williams, late of Glanafon-terrace, Dolgelley, who was for some time signal man at Dolgelley, but now station master at Trawsfynydd, was the successful competitor for the chair at St. Asaph Eisteddfod. VOLUNTEERS.—A movement has been started to establish a volunteer corps at this town. A meet- ing to consider the question has been convened for Friday by the Lord Lieutenant. Several efforts have been made before to establish a corps, but without success. THE MARKET HALL COMPANY.—Annual meeting of this Company was held on Tuesday, Mr J. Mey- rick Jones, J.P., in the chair. The secretary, Mr Joseph Roberts, presented the balance sheet, and a dividend was declared. Messrs John Vaughan and Richard Williams, Argoed, were re-elected directors and Mr E. W. Lvans, Frondirion, was appointed director in the room of the late Dr Edward Jones. SOCIAL EVENING.—On Wednesday evening the Baptists held their annual social evening at the Public Rooms, and was well supported by members of other denominations in the town. The chair was taken by Dr. R. W. Richards, Froheulog. Refreshments were served in abundance at the various tables. During the evening a competition took place for a prize of 7s 6d and a silver medal for a challenge solo. Nine competed, and Mr. W. T. Lloyd, Dolgelley, was announced to be the suc- cessful competitor by the adjudicators (Messrs Robert Davies, Criterion, and J. Roberts, Victoria Buildings). The Chairman kindly gave a prize to the second best, viz., Mr E. M. Evans, Barmouth. Selections were given during the evening by the gramophone. VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT.—A public meeting, under the presidency of Mr W. R. M. Wynne, Peni- arth, the lord lieutenant of the county, was held on Monday afternoon at the Shire Hall to consider the advisability of forming a volunteer corps for Dolgelley The proposal was cordially received, and a resolution to forma corps was unanimously carried. At the sug- gestion of the Chairman, it was also decided that steps be taken a form a volunteer battalion for Merionethshire, and Messrs R. Jones Griffith (solicitor), G. W. Kvnman, M.A., Captain Frederick Bayley,and Dr John Jones were apppointed the repre- sentatives of the Dolgelley corps thereon. The Chairman expressed the hope that he would soon see eight companies formed in this county. We understand that 130 members have 'been enrolled in the Dolgelley corps. PETTY SESSIONS.—The fortnightly sessions were held on Tuesday at the Shire Hall, before Messrs John Vaughan, C.E., Munro Edwards, O. Slaney Wynne, J. Leigh Taylor, Edward Griffith, J. Meyrick Jones, and Lieut.-Coh Scott,-Ellis Kell Jones, miner, a native of Nevin, was charged by by P.C. Ben Evans, with being drunk on licensed premses, viz., George Hotel, Penmaenpool, on the 7th inst.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and a fine of bs ana costs was imposed.—John Rees, labourer, was charged by P.C. Ben Evans with being drunk and disorderly in Cader-road on Monday. Defend- ant admitted being drunk, but not disorderly. Having beard the constable's evidence, however, the Bench ordered defendant to pay a fine of 5s and 9s 6d costs, in default, 14 days imprisonment. —Wm. Jones, Upper-street, charged Evan Owen, Bridge-street, with using threats towards ,him. Accused was bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace and to pay Ins costs.—Ellis Owen was charged by Wm. Jones, Upper-street, with assault. The case was adjourned.—Wm. Jones was further charged by Ellis Owen with assaulting him on two occasions. This case was also adjourned owing to Ellis Owen not being in a fit sta to attend.—Rbt. Lewis, mason, was charged by Jane Anne Jones, Penbryn, with using, threats. Mr Guthrie Jones appeared for complainant. :Both were bound over in the sum of £5 to keep the peace for six months, the defendant being also ordered to pay 8s 6d costs. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION.—The annual election of four members of the Urban Council will take place on the 31st of this month. The four members who retire are Messrs. J. Meyrick Jones (chairman), John Williams, Thomas Parry and Richard Richards. The first three do not seek re-election, and in addition to Mr. R. Richards, the following were nominatedRobert Davies, confectioner: LI. ¥. Carpenter. Richard Edwards, joiner; R. C. Evans, Caxton House John Griffiths, Commerce House; Cadvvaladr Lloyd builder; David Meredvth, fellmonger: Humphrey Owen, joiner; John Morris Thomas, tanner- William Roberts Williams, grocer. On Tuesday the last day of withdrawing, the following remained:—Messrs R. C. Evans, Caxton Hotel R. Richards. Penlan R. Edwards, joiner H. F. Carpenter, W. R. Williams, grocer; J. Griffith, Commerce House R. Davies, Critirion ? D. Mere- dith, Llys Meirion. FIRE.-On Saturday morning about eight o'clock when one of the men at the Goleuad Office entered the paper stock-room it was discovered to be on fire. An alarm was raised and the reams of paper that were ablaze, being portable, thev were soon carried outside by willing hands, and the fire was extinguished. A large number of books, together with about 60 reams of white paper, were damaged. Luckily the fire was discovered in time or the whole contents of the room would have been destroved. which would mean an enormous loss. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed that a spark from one of the neighbouring houses must have found its way into the room, and falling on paper s)on kindled with disastrous results. DOLGELLEY SCHOOL BOARD.-The financial statement of the School Board for the year ending September 1899 has just been published. The receipts amount to Z1593 ls. 8d. made upas follows — Balance in hand September 1898 E241 17s. 9d. Annual grant from Education Department and Fee Grant L579 9s. 9d. From Rating Authorities £ 670. Grant in aid of rates zElOl 12s. 2d.: other receipts 2s The expenditure of Z1271 19s. 3d. is .J P '1 umue up as iouows:—salaries of officers, election expenses and other expenses of administration, £ 108 17s. 5d.; salaries of teachers £ 788 4s. Id; books &c. £ 64 13s. lOd.; fuel, light, cleaning, replacement of furniture, &c. £ 104 19s. 9d.; rent,' rates, taxes and insurances £8 10s lid. Other expenses of maintainance £ 17 7s. lid. Contri- bution to Industrial Schools £32. Repayment of loans and interest on loans P,147 5s. 4d., leaving a balance in treasurer's hand of Z321 2s. 3d. The outstanding liabilities of the Board for loans for Public IVorks Loan Commissioners amount to
oil BALA. £ 2,047 8s. 4d. THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE.—On Monday last at the meeting of the Students' Missionary Union, which was this week a devotional meeting, an address was delivered by Rev. T. E. Jones, M.A., on The efficacy of Prayer." TEMPERANCE.—At a numerously attended meeting held at the C.M. Vestry Room on Monday evening last, Mr J. Parry, Glantegid, presiding, Revs. D. Williams, Llangollen, and J. Eiddon Jones, Bangor, explained Lord Peel's minority report on the Drink Traffic." The addresses were much appreciated. FOOTBALL.—On Thursday last an interesting match was witnessed between the Town Team and that of the Theological College. After a hard struggle the former came off victorious. The score being Town 2 College 1. WELSH HOSPITAL SHIP.—At a meeting held at the County Hall on Friday last, Mr. R. Ll. Jones in the chair, it was resolved to organize subscriptions towards the above object, and with this view Messrs. Wm. Owen, Lion Hotel; J. B. Parry, Glantegid R. Ll. Jones, Mount Place; and Dr White Jones were appointed collectors. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—SATURDAY, 17TH MARCH. Present:—Mr Evan Jones (chairman), Miss Parry (vice), Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Parry, Messrs. R. Thomas, Robert Jones, J. Ll. Jones, R. Hughes, Robert Davies, W. Richards, L. J. Davies, John Roberts, J. R. Jones (clerk), Ti R. Dakin (assistant clerk). STATISTICS. The balance in the Treasurer's hands was re- ported to be £ 233 17s Id, and in the Relieving Officer's hands £9 6s 7d. During the past fort- night £35 2s Od was administered in out-relief to 153 paupers, as against £33 10s 6d to 151 paupers last year. THE HOUS. The Master reported that there were 19 in the House on the last day of last week as compared with 27 last year. The number of vagrants re- lieved during the past fortnight was 35. There were three cases of discharge and one admission during the same period. Messrs Robert Thomas and Robert Jones reported that they had visited the House that day and found everything in order. TENDERS. The tenders for provisions, etc., having been opened and examined, it was resolved that the following be accepted :—Bread. Messrs. E. Roberts and Co.; provisions, Messrs J. Parry and Co.; meat, Mr R. Jarrett Roberts milk, Mr E. Watkins; coal, Mr William Davies; boots, Mr Moses Roberts; hair cutting and shaving, Mr Owen Richards. APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE SCHOOL MANAGER. It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr Robert Thomas, seconded by Mrs Parry, that Mrs Morris, Glanllyn, be appointed Representative Manager on the Bala Local Governing Body under the Merion- ethshire Intermediate Education Scheme. OVERSEERS. Notice was received of the appointment by the Bala Urban District Council of Messrs H. Evans, printer, and J. W. Hughes, butcher, as Overseers for the parish of Bala. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. A precept was signed upon the Overseers of Llangower. to contribute El 2s Od, and Llan- uwchllyn, P,2 10s 3d, towards the expenses of the School Attendance Committee. AUDIT. The Clerk reported that the accounts had been audited by Mr. W. Griffiths (district auditor), on Monday last, and had been found correct. PENLLYN RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary monthly meeting was held on Saturday last, when there were present: Mr. L. J. Davies (chairman); Mr. R. Thomas (vice-chairman); Messrs. Evan Jones, J. H. Jones, J. J. Edwards, Robert Davies, E. M. Roberts, Robert Hughes, Wm. Richards, Robert Jones, J. R, Jones (clerk) T. R. Dakin (assistant clerk). FINANCE. The balance in the Treasurer's hands was re- ported to be £ 125 4s 4d. MEDICAL OFFICER'S ANNUAL REPORT. The annual report of the Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Williams) was as follows: The population of the district according to the last census was 4,493. Aceording to the Registrar's Returns there were during the year 87 births, 37 males and 50 females, giving a rate of 19'45 per mille, as compared with a rate of 20'67 per mille for 1898. During the same period there were 59 deaths, 35 males and 24 females, giving a rate of 13'13 per mille as compared with a rate of 14-66 per mille in 1898, and 16'47 in 1897 as under: 1899: births, 19*45, deaths, 13'13; 1898: births, 20-67, deaths, 14-66; 1897: births, deaths, 16'47. There is a decrease of 6 in the number of births, and a decrease of 7 in the number of deaths. But there occurred 3 deaths in the Urban District of people who belonged to the Rural District, and these must be added to the death rate, making a total of 62 deaths, giving an actual rate of 13 79 per mille. Of the 87 births there is a great increase in the female uirths over male births in 1898, the difference being 3, but in 1899 it was 13. The number of deaths in the different parishes were as follows :-Llanycil, 14; Llanfor, 12; Llandderfel 9 Llangower, 3; Llanuwchllyn, 21. There were 11 deaths under one year old, five of these being under one month. There were 2 deaths of 1 and under 5 no deaths of 5 and under 15; 4 deaths of r5 and under 25; 9 deaths of 25 and under 65; 33 deaths of 65 and upwards. Of the 33, 16 were over 70, five of these being exactly 79 years old, there were seven over 80, and one 90 years old. There were two deaths due to phthisis); 12 deaths due to other chest diseases; and eight deaths due to heart diseases. There were two suicides during the year, one by hanging, and the other by drown- ing. There was one case found dead on the road. side, death being due to exposure to cold. Contagious and infectious diseases: There were 28 cases of scarlet fever reported during the year. There were some cases reported from all the districts with the exception of Llandderfel. There were 11 cases reported from Llanuwchllyn, eight from Llanfor, five from Llangower, and four from Llanycil. The outbreak was of a mild type, with one exception, which proved fatal. Every investi- gation was maae in each case and proper arrange- ments carried out. There were three cases of erysipelas reported, all in the parish of Llanfor. They all recovered. There was one case of enteric fever reported from Rhosygwaliau, which recovered. The proper sanitary precautions were taken as regards clothing &c. There was one case of puerperal .fever reported from Pare. This also recovered. Dwelling Houses: These show consider- able improvement again this year; the farms which have been built show that greater care is exercised as regards the sanitary arrangements. The surroundings of the houses have in many cases been much improved. Where necessary, privies have been erected. Water Supply :—The new water scheme at Llandderfel has not yet been carried out, but there has been no scarcity of water. The water supply in the other districts is in a satis- factory condition. Sanitary condition of the Dis- trict :—The drainage in the different parts of the district has shown improvement during the year. and the sanitary condition is gradually improving. RE-APPOINTMENTS. It was resolved, upon the motion of Mr Evan Jones, seconded by Mr R. Thomas that Dr Willams be re-appointed medical officer of health and Mr John Edwards, Tremaran Cottage, be re- .f¥J""Ir appointed inspector of nuisances for one vear before^ Ulc-J, 1901> ^t the same salaries as THE HIGHWAYS. The Surveyor reported that a considerable quantity of snow had been cleared from several of ihe roads, especially so on the Hirnant Road. He thought Lfte rapid thaw that afterwards set in, mi<rht have proved disastrous, but happily, the roads did not ."uiter much in this respect. Quantities of stones had been put down on several roads viz :—Hirnant aen-y-Bala. Cwmpenaner. Coedvbedo. Llawry- ettws and Bethel. The road from the Fondro Frith to Llanycil had much improved, as also bad roads 011' Penyb-Vlchau arid Llawyrbettws CAE PANT AND GISTFAEN ROAD. A letter was read from the Llandderfel Parish Council asking the Council t.o take under their con- trol tne portion of road from Nant Svrion to the above. It was resolved that the Chairman, Messrs J. J. Edwards, and R. Thomas be appointed a committee to inspect the place and report thereon. SANITATION. The Medical Officer of Health reported that since the last meeting there had been one case of enteric fever notified in the parish of Llanuwchllyn He and the Inspector visited the premises, but could find nothing to account for it. The other parts of the district were free from any infectious and con- tagious diseases. The Inspector confirmed the report. VARIOUS. The matter of the Llanuwchllyn Cemetery Bye Laws was deferred, so also was that of the Lland- derfel Water Supply. Mr J. LI. Jones gave notice of motion to alter the day of meeting from the third to the first Satur- day in each month.
ABERAYRON. "CRBAX DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A meeting of this Council was held on Thursday, when there were present, Mr. J. T. Evans (vice-chairman) in the chair, Messrs J. H. Jones, Evan Lloyd, J. Rees, Evan Lewis, David Griffiths, J. R. Evans, Revs. Evan Morris, and J. Davies. B. C. Jones (clerk), and J. Watkins (surveyor).—The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.—Dr. Davies, who has been appointed to carry out Dr. Williams's duty as medical officer of health during his illness, produced his report book. and reported on the double cases of typhoid at North-road (Dr. Williams' residence). He advised that the cesspool under the dung heap in the back yard, to which a. pipe ran from a W.C. situate in the house, should be opened and cleaned as soon as the patients were convalescent.—The Surveyor was instructed to carry out the officer's suggestions as soon as possible. Dr. Davies also reported a typhoid case at No. 13, Alban Square. -Mr Evan Lewis reported that the Public Library Committee appointed at the pre- vious meeting had met and endeavoured to carry out the instructions received, viz., the see- ing to the fittpig of the room for use as a library. —Mr Jones, the clerk, also produced catalogues of library fittings.-The matter was deferred until the next meeting.—The following were appointed a. committee outside the Council, viz., Revs J. W. Griffiths, T. G-wilym Evans, J. Thickens, Messrs B. C. Jones, James Lloyd, J. M. Howell, C. J. Hugkes, Lima Jones, D. Davies, and the Revs. LI. A. Jones* and Morgan Evans.—Mr David Griffiths asked the Surveyor why the Cambrian Pump was not kept in repair.—The Surveyor replied that he could not get anybody to repair it, but it was in working order now. HORSE SHOW AND JUMPING COMPETITION.— The forty-first annual horse show and jumping competition were held on Wednesday the 14th, inst. The day opened somewhat dull and the weather threatened rain all the morning, which undoubtedly had some effect on the attendance, the spectators not being very numerous in the early hours of the proceedings. But by noon the sky brightened and the day cleared up splendidly and the multitudes began to drive and walk in from all directions. The show was timed to commence at 2. p.m. and by that time the square field (where the competitions were held) was fairly full. The entries were fair on the whole and everything passed off successfully, and the following awards were made. I-For the best performer over 2 hurdles (in and out jump 11 feet space between the hurdles) a swing gate 3 feet 6 inches and a water jump 10 feet—First prize" Llwyngroes" owned by David Edwards, Llwyngroes Llangeitho; second prize, "Nance or gl}'n" Jenkins, Blaenplwyf. Tor the best draught entire horse—First prize was taken by Mr. Evan Jones, Moelifor. Llanrhystyd, For the best roadster entire horse-Mr. John Price. Bendran. There were no entries for the best cob and pony entire horses. For the best short horn bull calf (yearling), Mr. Evan Lloyd, Pengarreg. For the best brood mare, not to exceed 7 years old -First prize, Mr. Thomas Evans, Tvnant; second prize. Mr. Samuel Jones, Parke, Llanarth. For the best mare or gelding, not to exceed 4 years old- First prize, E. Hughes-Davies, Ystrad Teilo; second prize. Thomas Evans, Tynant. For the best colt or filly draught, not to exceed 3 years old-First prize, Griffiths, Alltlwyd, Llanrhystyd; second prize, Henry Morgans, Rhiwgoch; ditto not to exceed 2 years old—First prize, Mr. Henry Morgans, Rhiwgoch. For the best brood mare cob not to exceed 7 years old-First prize. Mr. Jones, butcher, Lampeter; second prize, David Jones, Bryn. For the best colt or filly, not to exceed 4 years old- First prize, J. Lewis, Pandy Mill second prize, Rev. T. Evans, Manor Hall; ditto not to exceed 2 years old—First prise, David Jor es, Feinog-ganol Ystrad. For the best pony not tc exceed 14 hands —First prize, T. Thomas, Monachty; second prize, Thomas Davies, Llangeitho. For the best pony not to exceed 13 hands high-First prize, David Lewis, Rhiwlas; second prize, Lewis Williams, Mwythig. For the best turnout of horse trap and harness—First prize, Mr. Jones, Butcher, Lampcter; second prize, J. Lewis, Pandy Mill. For the best turnout of pony trap and harness, 13 hands and under-First prize, Thomas Davies, Llangeitho. For the best turnout, horse cart and harness, prize given by Messrs. Davies and Son, Llanon House- First prize, Thomas Evans, Tynant; second prizes Timothy Evans, Drefnewydd. After the show the officials, together with a large company of dis- tinguished guests, met at the Coffee Room of the Feather's Royal Hotel, to partake of a sumptuous dinner which had been prepared by Mr. and Mrs. Davies, the host and hostess. Mr. J. Jones, auctioneer, proposed and Mr. Hughes Davies, Ironmonger, seconded, that Mr. D. G. Munro Hughes should take the chair. This was agreed to with general applause, and Mr. Hughes then took the chair, and Mr. Pennant James, acted as vice- chairman. No better testimony to the excellence of the menu could be required than the ample justice done to the good spread by all the guests alike. The Chairman proposed the toast of The Queen.' Mr Hughes said our gracious Majesty was the best queen in the world. Her lustrous reign was un- rivalled (cheers) and they were all proud to be numbered among her most devoted subjects (hear, hear). She has always and is now again in these troublesome days proving herself worthy of being Britain's Queen (cheers). He believed they were not only proud of being her subjects but if need be to shoulder the musket and meet death to uphold her honour and dignity (cheers). All our colonies had shown themselves most loyally. From the re- motest parts of the world our brethren were march- i ing forth to stand by the mother country in the hour of need. He hoped they would fill their glasses and drink the Queen's health loyally. The toast of The Queen" was then drunk with unbounded en- thusiasm and applause. Mr Pennant James next proposed the Army and Navy." Mr James said that when called to speak upon the British Army and Navy it was a duty that went very near to his heart (hear, hear). It was pleasant to reflect on what our men had done since last October, when peace reigned (hear, hear). They all ought to be proud and exultant (cheers). On the veldt and the precipitous heights of South Africa the gallant, heroic and daring British soldier had shown what he was made of (cheers). They had gone forth to risk wounds, privation and death in order to defend the honour of the Queen (hear, hear). He did not know how anybody could hold up his head and say he was a pro- Boer (a voice He ought to be shot-and laughter). He hoped none of those present were (cries of No ") and that none were invited. While giving The Army the Navy must be included, for they showed the same zeal, courage and gallantry (cheers). Those weather-beaten sailors who hauled out their guns from the Powerful and marched to Ladysmith undoubtedly saved the situatioit which had been in the balance so long. Brigades of the same noble men were all over South Africa performing the same work (hear, hear). Britain's ensign had already floated over one capital, and he was sure our noble fellows would not rest before securing the other (cheers). The Army and Navy was again drunk with enthusiasm. Mr Seex, Inland Revenue Officer, responded, and said he fully endorsed Mr James' statements, and added he should like to see a volunteer battalion raised in Cardiganshire: he for one would be glad to join (hear, hear), and he hoped before long he could have the pleasure of doing so. The Chair- man said he had spoken that day to a military gentleman on the question of raising a battalion, and he said it could be done with very little ex- pense.—Councillor Compton Davies then gavo "Success to the Show.Councillor David Evans, Messrs. Price, Morfa Mawr, Davies, Cefnmaes, Jones, Llanaeron, and Jenkins, Brynaeron, also delivered short addresses on the success of the show. The Chairman then proposed the "Host and Hostess," and remarked that Mr Davies was a noble fellow, with his heart in the welfare of Aber- ayron, and was a good townsman. The health of the host and hostess was then drunk, after which the company separated,