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Rural District Council.










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