ABERYSTWYTH. WELSH BAPTIST SOIRFE.-Owing to the death of Mrs Alderman Peter Jones the annual soiree in connectiod with the Welsh Baptist Sunday School has been postponed. APPOINTMENT.—At a meeting of the Merioneth County Council last week, Professor J. Alan Murray, of the University College, was appointed agricul- tural analyst to that county under the Fertilisers and Feeding Stuffs Act, 1893. INDIAN FAMINE.—Special collections will be made at St Michael's Church on Sunday next in aid of the fund opened by the Mayor for the relief of the sufferers by the famine in India. EASTER HOLIDAYS.—Cheap tickets will be issued bv the M. & M. Line to the large centres in South Wales Easter week. THE MILITIA.—An order was issued on Tuesday that the Cardiganshire Militia would assemble on Monday next. The recruits will number about a hundred. THE COLLEGE CONCERT.—The Annual Concert of the U. C. W. Musical Society will be held on Friday evening at the Royal Pier Pavilion. Seats should be booked without delay. Further particu- lars will be found in our advertising columns. GOOD TEMPLARS.—The Ystwvth Lodge of Good Templars held its usual weekly meeting at the Progress Hall. on Friday last, under the presidency of Mr. J. W. Jones. The following programme was gone through :-Address, Mr. David Thomas; pianoforte solo, Miss Maria Doughton; song, Mr. oJ. A. Tenkins; recitation, Miss H. M. Evans; song, Miss Lizzie Davies; recitation, Ir. J. E. Tibbot; song, Mr. D. C. James; recitation, Miss Pritchard; song, -Mr. L. J. Morgan. r, BESIEGED MAFEKING.—The news of the relief of besieged Mafeking is awaited with considerable interest in the town. The success of the British troops under Col. Plumer and Lord Methuen is regarded as certain and imminent, and it needs only the rubbing of a couple of lucifers to get another torchlight procession which will eclipse that on St. David's day. W ATED.-Mr. Geo. Eyre Evans writes:—"I should feel deeply obliged to any one who will lend me this pamphlet:—" A Chronological Summary of I y the chief events in the history of the Castle of Aberystwyth. Compiled by a member of the Aber- ystwyth Town Council. For the sole benefit of James Davies, the one-armed labourer employed by the town to clean the Castle Walks, and pre- serve the Ruins." The 2nd edition, 12, pp. 12, was printed by E[sther] Williams and Son, 9, Bridge- street, in the year 1851. I only know of a copy in the Reference Library, Manchester. Is there one in this town ? CONTRACTS.—At a special meeting of the Aber- ystwyth Board of Guardians held on Monday last, under the presidency of Mr David Morgan, con- tracts for the ensuing six months were let as follows :—Firewood, Thos Benjamin; coffins, Nelson Nelson cartage of stones, D. Davies milk, G. Scott; meat, H. P. Edwards, coal, J. Jcnkin Jones boots, Stead and Simpson ironmongery, D. Ellis and Sons tailoring, W. R. Vaughan shaving, Wm. Gwillim drapery, John Thomas grocery, Powell and Richards. DEATH.-The death took place on Friday night last at 29, South-road, of Daniel Morgan Jones, aged nineteen years, son of Mr John Jones. The I y young fellow was well-known and a favourite amongst the boys of the town. His father at pre- sent is abroad, being employed as an engineer on the Louisville and Nashville Railway, Florida, U.S.A. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning at the cemetery. DEBATING SOCIETY.—On Wednesday evening, a ..debate took place at Tabernacle Chapel, the sub- ject being Which has the largest influence, the pulpit or the Sunday School.?" The openers of the debate were Captain J. Evans and Mr T. C. Jenkins respectively, and they were supported by Messrs D. J. Lewis and Isaac Jones. Messrs B. Jenkins,— Davies and Mrs Mansel Lewis also took part. On a vote being taken, the majority were found to be in favour of the pulpit. PETTY SESSIONS.—These Sessions were held on Wednesday before Messrs Thomas Griffiths and Edward Evans.—Joseph Morgan, Pontrhydygroes (relieving officer), charged John Roberts, 4, Station street, Penygraig, Glamorgan, collier, with refusing to pay jE13 Ms., arrears due for the maintenance of his father, Evan Roberts. He was ordered to pay 10s. per month.—Rees Jones, borough surveyor, charged Elizabeth Jones, 11, Cambrian place, and Amelia Rhodes. Caerleon House, Victoria terrace, with allowing the chimneys of their dwelling houses to be on fire. A fine of Is. was imposed in the former case, and 2s. 6d. in the latter.—Supt. Phillips charged David Williams and Thomas Lewis, St. John's buildings, with being drunk and disorderly on the highway at Aberystwyth. The former was fined 20s. and costs, and the latter 5s. and costs. BRITISH WOMEN'S TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.—The Society's weekly meeting was held as usual at the Corn Market Hall, on Saturday night, when there was an attendance of over two hundred, Mr Rea Richards, Heart of Oak House, occupied tho chair. The programme was as follows :-English address, by Mr W. Wright; song, by Miss Dallison piano- forte solo by Miss Minnett, London short speech, by Mr Rea Richards, song, by Miss Nesta Morgan, violin solo by Bandmaster Wright, "The Hollies"; recitation by Miss Evans, Queen's-road, reading by .Mr E. E. Ellis; recitation by Mr G. P. Griffiths, song by Mr Haydn Jones, duett by Mr and Mrs Leah pianoforte solo by Mis, Richards, Heart of Oak, solo, by Miss Samuel. Mrs Levi, St David's- road, presided over the coffeejstall, and was assisted by Miss Hall and Miss Doughton. WELSH HOSPITAL FOR SOUTH AFRICA.—With the view of raising funds for the support of the above project, a preliminary meeting of ladies was held on Saturday last. when it was unanimously decided that a collection should be made in the district, and that every effort should be made to demonstrate the generous sympathy of the people of Cardiganshire with this good move- ment by lending substantial monetary support, Mr Powell (Nanteos) has kindly consented to act as president and Mr Lewis, National and Provincial Bank, as treasurer. The Committee are composed of the following ladies :—Mrs Protheroe (vicarage). Mrs Arthur Hughes, Miss Gilbertson, Mis§ Evans (Lovesgrove), Mrs Jessy Williams, Mrs Evan Evans Miss Williams (Abergeldie), Mrs Lewis Griffiths, Mrs R. J. Jones, Mrs Penry, Mrs Griffiths (Waterloo Hotel). Mrs T. D. Harries, Grosvenor House, has ||. kindly consented to act as hon secretary and she K will be glad to give any information respecting the v aims and object of the project. ■ A COUNTY SCHOOL POET.—One day last week a V top form boy at the coupty school was late at roll- K call, and he consequently expected to be put down P in the detention book for that day. The Head- ft master, however, being in rather a humorous mood W that morning, told him to do a stanza of four lines IC. on Lord Roberts by the next day instead of the usual punishment. The following is what the « worthy head of the school received at the appointed ■' time: — LORD ROBERTA When India needs defending, 'Gainst Russian, Frank, or Turk; When Kruger wants some fighting, Send Bobs to do the work. DEATH OF CAPT. EVANS.—A well-known inhabi- tant of Aberystwyth passed away on Saturday morning last in the person of Capt. John Evans, Desdemona," of 39, North-parade. He had lived in the town all his lifetime, and was the son of the late Capt. John Evans, of the schooner John and Mary." The family have been connected with the shipping of the port for a great many years, and deceased himself was the owner of two vessels, the Desdemona and the Volunteer." He had been for many years a faithful member of St. Mary's Welsh Church, of which place of worship he was one of the sidesmen. He was also a director of the Cambrian Shipping Insurance Society. During his last illness, which was of short duration, he was attended by Dr. Rowlands. He was cut down practically in his prime, being at the time of his death only 51 years of age. He leaves a widow and one son to mourn their loss, with whom deep sympathy is felt. The funeral, which will be private, will take place this (Thursday) morning at the cemetery. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—A successful competi- tive meeting was held on Wednesday evening in last week at Baker-street Congregational chapel, under the presidency of the pastor, Rev. Job Miles. The winners in the different competitions were the following :-Essay," The duty of church members towards the Sunday School," Miss Pritchard, Taly- bont; letter writing, Miss Gwladys Jones; englyn, "Baden Powell," Mr. E. O. James, U.C.W.; recita- tion, The storm," prize divided between Messrs G. P. Griffith and Jack Roberts; recitation (for children un,ler 12), Master T. W. P. Jones recita- tion (for children between 12 and 16), Miss Myf- anwy Williams; solo (for girls under 14), Anthem yr angylion," prize divided between Miss M. E. Lewis and Miss E. M. Davies; solo (for boys under 14), Croesaw i bawb a ddel," Master T. W. P. Jones; soprano solo, Yr hen gerddor." divided between Miss J. E. Davies and Niss M. M. Davies bass solo, Breuddwyd y morwr bach," Mr. G. Hadvn Jones; duett, Ac yr oedd yn y wlad hono," Messrs J. M. Evans and Arthur Jenkins quartette, "Emyn y Pasc," 1fr. H. Hughes and party; party singing, "Iesu cyfaill fenaid cu,"Mr. J. W. Thomas and party; party singing (not less than 16 in number), "Y ffrwd," Mr. E. II. Davies and party. The adjudicators were the following :—Music, Mr. J. Williams. Machynlleth; essays, Rev. Job Miles; poetry, Mr* H. Meredith: recitations, Messrs Edw. Jones and Richard Evans, U.C.W.'Mr. H. Meredith, in his vi ual happy style, conducted the proceed- ings. The secretarial duties were ablv performed by Mr. D. Edward Jones, Great Darksrate-street. RADICAL CI,UB.-TLe subject of debate at the weekly meeting of the Radical Club on Friday last was the education of women, and whether it is suitable for their after-life. The affirmative was taken by .Mr. James Rees, and the negative by Mr. T. J. Samuel. The dsbate proved exceedingly in- teresting and the speakers included the following: Messrs T. H. Hall, M. Morgan, W. Lewis, T. G. Jones. S. Hopkins, T. Stephens, Fred Edwards, M. Warrington, T. Davies, J. Roberts, and the chair- man, Mr. Griffith Ellis. CAPTURE OF THK SOCTII WALES Cup. After a series of hard fought matches against Knighton and Rogerstone, the Aberystwyth team have been adjudged champions of socker in South Wales during 1889-1900, and have been honoured with the custody of the cup for a year. The trophy is of silver, and is a handsome ornament standing about three feet high, it weighs eleven pounds, its value is estimated at £50. It is beautifully engraved, and bears the names of the previous holders from 1893, last year's winners being Barry. The victory on Saturday last is all the more creditable, as the team was short of three of its regular players, Charlie Parry, Masrhall and Tommy Whelan. The popular captain, however, is always, able to draw a full share of work from the recruits, and much of the honour due to the achieve- ment of the team at Aberdare on Saturday falls to John Henry. We congratulate the medallists, and trust last Saturday's victory is an earnest of further "honours the town is about to receive. TREFECHAN C. M. SUNDAY SCHOOL.—The annual tea and entertainmeut in connection with the above School took place last Tuesday. About 130 sat down to tea. the tables were presided over by the following ladies—teachers of the School:- Miss Mary Humphreys, Misses Annie and Margar- etta Jenkins, Epworth-terrace; Miss Jane James, Upper Portland-street; Miss Ellen Evans, Bridge- street; Miss Sarah Jenkins, Great Darkgate-street; Miss Davies, Powell-street; assisted by the younger members of the School and by Ir. William Edwards, superintendent of the School ,Messrs. J. Brenig Edwards and Hugh Hughes. Rev. Thomas Levi took the chair at the entertainment, and the following took part;—Chorus by the children; address by the Chairman; song, Master John Dawson; recitation, William Owen, Trefechan; recitation, Katie Grace, Harhour-terrace; song. Mary Winifred Benson; recitation. Master Dicky Millman, Trefechan: song, Mrs. John H. Edwards (encored); recitation, Jennie Rees, South-road; song, Teddy Edwards, South-road recitatiou, May Jones, Trefechan duett. William Owen and John S. Owen song, Miss Clatworthy, c/o Mr. Probin recitation, Master Johnny Morris, Harbour-terrace; song, Mr. Haydn Jones cornet solo, Mr. Thomas Evans; duett, Messrs. John M. Evans and John James; recitation, Lizzie Jane Morris, Harbour- terrace; recitation, Lily Jones, Prospect-street; song and chorus, Mary Rewlands, Trefechan; recitation, Goronwy Benson; song, Master John Arthur Hughes,^Bodarfor, Sea View place recita- tion, Mr. John James (encored); duett, William Owen and John Stephen Owen recitation, Maggie Millman, Trefechan; song and chorus, Jane Edwards Benson, Bridge end; recitation, Alice Morgan; duett, Messrs. John B. Edwards and E. H. Davies; song, Mr. John Morgans; song and chorus, Mr. Edward Morris. Edward Morris was as usuai presented with a scarf, and the Chairman when investing him said that he was the only one that got a prize at those entertainments. Miss Rowlands, Miss Evans, Angel Inn; and Miss Lizzie Jones, Bridge-street, acted as accompanists. ♦
Aberystwyth College Items. LOYAL OLD STUDENTS.—A very cordial meeting of old Aberystwyth students was held at the Central Hotel, Cardiff, on Saturday, the 10th inst., when, after partaking of tea, Mr D. E. Jones, B.Sc., was voted to the chair. Among those present were Mrs T. C. Thomas, Bedlinog; the Misses K. Daniel, Barry; Emily Davies, Caerphilly; F. E. Davies, Bridgend Etherington, Penarth John, Abertillery; Winnie James, Porth M. Gilpin, Barry and Messrs A. H Trow, J. Austin Jenkins, A. Henderson, D. D. John, Bath Jones, and R. Edwards James.—The Sec- retary (Miss Gilpin) informed those present that she had attended the meeting lately held at Swansea, and that owing to a difficulty experienced by some pro- fessional members in and around Swansea in attend- ing meetings at Cardiff, it had been decided to form a Swansea branch of the Old Students' Association rather than adhere to a joint Cardiff and Swansea Association, as resolved on at the last Cardiff meeting. It was accordingly resolved to form a new branch for Cardiff and district, and Mr D. E. Joii,s was unanimously elected its President, with Miss Maggie Gilpin and Mr R. Edwards James, solicitor, as joint secretaries. A Consultative Committee was also appointed, consisting of Miss Gwen Williams, Tonypandy, Mr Bunford, Newport, and Dr L. Charles Edwards, Mountain Ash.—The programme of the forthcoming Old Students' Reunion at Aberystwyth was discussed with great interest, and on the motion of Mr Austin Jenkins, a resolution was passed that a reeommendation be forwarded to the Old Students' Association that the Council of the Aberystwyth College be urged to make a grant for providing a full and correct register of Old Students.—A letter was read by the Chairman upon the question of the pro- posed University Settlement, and Misses Winnie James and K. Daniel and Messrs Austin Jenkins and R. Edwards James were appointed to attend the Joint Conference on that question to be held at Cardiff on April 19th.-A warm discussion followed upon the form which the Old Students' Memorial to the late Mr T. E. Ellis ought. to assume, opinions being divided between the proposed establishment of a prize medal (the conditions of the holding of which were lucidly enumerated by the Chairman), and the endowment of a Political Economy Section of the College Library, to be called, as suggested by Mr Austin Jenkins, the "Ellis Section." This, the last subject on the agenda, brought a very sociable and enjoyable evening to a close, and the meeting sepa- rated with many manifestations of hope that when they met again it would be by the sea." CELTIC SOCIETY.-On Wednesday night, March 14th, the programme of this society consisted of "Humorous readings from Welsh Literature." Most ofithe humorous writers of Wales were in on e way or anotherfrepresented, as the following list will show Gems from Dafydd ab Gwilym, Miss Mary Parry Humorous ideas from "Drych y Prif Oesoedd," Mr. David Jones; the visions of Bardd Cwsg, Mr. S. J. Evans; selections from "Caniadau Cymru "by Mr. F. Knoyle, who read portions from the following poems Can gwraig y pysgotwr," "Cyflafan Morfa Rhuddlan," 4 Can y bardd wrth farw." "Deio Bach," "Y Morwr Bach," "Beddv Dyn Tylawd," Cystuddyn y Gwanwyn," Cathl y gair mwys," "CanolHaf," "Y Gwanwyn and "CanyFamiw phlentvn; selections from Mynyddog, Mr. Abel J. Jones: Ceiriog, Miss Hettie Williams; Daniel Owen, Mr. J. E. Hughes; the humour of the Mabinogion, Mr. M. H. Jones; the meeting served to open the eyes of many to the inestimable store of humour there is in Welsh Literature, and which nowhere sinks to a low level. All present enjoyed themselves very much, and it was a pleasing relaxation from the monotony of study. CONSCRIPTION.—The last ordinary meeting of the Literary and Debating Society was held on Friday evening March 16th., when, in the absence of the president, the chair was taken by the vice-president, Mr. F. Knoyle. After having confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting, the chairman announced the subject for discussion, viz.—"That in the opinion of this house, a system of conscription would be beneficial ta the National welfare." He then called upon Miss Judd to open on the affirmative. In her paper she stated that the Iproposition before the meeting was a general one, and that, therefore, she was not restricted to any special system of conscrip- tion. However, the system she intended to advocate was a moderate form of military compulsion such as is now in vogue in Switzerland. She gave as her reason for conscription the fact that it would give men practise in the use of arms for the defence of their country. She maintained that by it all our men would be trained for every emergency for home defence, and that it is a necessity for the mainten- ance of :our national welfare. These are some of the benefits which, she stated, conscription would confer on our country. (1.) Social equality would be established between all classes, for in this con- script army every individual would be on the same lavel. (2.) It would give an impetus to trade in three ways.—(a) by making each man stronger and harder (b) by abolishing much of the competition which now ruins trade (c) by bringing security in its train, which would induce men of means to sink their; wealth in home manufacturies and industries. (3.) It would secure the safety of the country, while at the same time it would be the greatest preventative against wTar. The negative was opened by Mr. H. M. Third, who stated that the cause of the cry for conscription was -.> our reverses in the present war. tie proceeueu w conaemn tne proposal which had already been placed before the House remarking that the utility of such a system would be insufficient. He stated that our real need as a nation was an army to maintain our power across the seas. The members of the Conscript Army would not be willing to serve abroad, and so we should be no better off. Moreover the adoption of the Swiss system would be but a confession of weakness. Therefore we must accept the system in its entirety or not at all. The question now arises Is there need for such an army ? It has been stated that this military training would improve the physique of the nation. But is there more need for exercise in England ? Is not the English nation an essentially athletic one ? Surely it is, and therefore there is no need for more exercise, The evils of conscription too are very great and numerous. For instance, its injury to trade. Germany, it is true, has prospered to some extent, but that is in spite of conscription. Ihe establishment of revolutionary societies, which are the great curse of Continental countries. Finally he declared that there was no need for conscription in England, as our volunteers are willing and desirous to aid their country in time of need. The opener of the affirmative was seconded by Mr. J. R. Johnson, B.A. He stated that conscriptionists are not sup- porters of war, but desirous of drastic reforms in our military system, because the Continental Powers are so jealous of our power and wealth. At present we place our hopes of safety on the Navy, but, he stated, that by new inventions our Navy may become of no use, and so cannot guard our country. Hence follows the need of well armed and well-trained men in the background to defend our country. The opener of the negative was supported by Miss Abbott, who stated that England must have indeed fallen very low if her subjects are to be forced to go out and fight for her. She advocated improvements in the army itself so as to make it more effective, e.g., as regards the age question. She wished many of the obstacles that beset this question to be done away with. She also advocated advancement from the ranks. She laid down these principles on the ground that a small well-trained force would do better than a large force which was but partially trained. The debate was then thrown open, and the following persons spoke— on the affirmative, Misses Burlington and A. Sweaney, and Messrs R. Ridge and Ben Morgan on the nega- tive, Miss M. E. Hill, Messrs Lloyd Evans, F. G. C. Solloway, B.Sc., H. M. Jones, Prof. Snape, Scott Williams, and J. S. Davies. This debate was a fitting close to the series of discussions which this society has had under notice during this season. All the speakers spoke well, and an extension of time had to be granted, yet the debate did not once show a sign of flagging. The voting resulted in a great majority for the negative.
Death of Mrs. Peter Jones, A painful sensation was experienced in the town on Monday morning, through the extremely sudden death of Mrs. Margaret Jones, the esteemed wife of Alderman Peter Jones, 52, Portland-street. The un- expectedness of the sad event came as an over- whelming shock to the family and the large number of relatives and friends, as the deceased lady up to the time of retiring to rest on Sunday night was apparently in her usual good health. Between one and two o'clock Mr. Jones noticed that her breathing was unusual, and endeavoured to awaken her, but gaining no response called for assistance, and im- mediately summoned Dr. Morgan, North-parade. In the meantime every attention possible was bestowed on her, but all to no avail, for when Dr. Morgan arrived a few minutes later he found that she had gone, beyond all human aid, and that life had entirely departed. The end was a perfectly peaceful one, and from the first moment that any serious symptoms were suspected to the last no word escaped her lips. Death is attributed to an apoplectic seizure. The family have been plunged into the deepest grief, and the sympathy of the whole town is extended to them and to Miss Roberts (sister) in their great sorrow. Deceased lady had attained the age of 55 years, having been born at Aberystwyth on June 17th 1844. She was the daughter of David and Mary Roberts, and her father for many years carried on an extensive saddlery business in Great Darkgate-street. She with her only sister, Miss Harriett Roberts, were left orphans at an early age, so that her younger days were spent under her grandparents' roof, they also residing in Great Dark,-at"trect. On March 5th, 1873, she married Mr Peter Jones, and their wedded life was an exceedingly happy and prosperous one. There were eight children of the marriage, six of whom- five daughters and one son-still survive. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, and her absence from the home will be a void which can never be filled. Wherever she was known, Mrs Jones :was respected. Many had cause to be thankful for her quiet charity, and no one was ever turned from her door empty-handed. She was a lady of deep religious convictions, and for many years had been a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, Baker-street. She also proved herself a valuable helpmate "to her hus- band in the discharge of his public duties, in which he has always taken so prominent a part. Although she worked in an unostentatious wav, her efforts were none the less effective, and her cheerful pre- sence always afforded encouragement and hope. Alderman Peter Jones was elected Mayor of Aber- ystwyth in 1879, and the honour was again given him m the following year. During his mayoralty Mrs Jones was presented by her friends and well- wishers with a handsome and valuable silver cradle in commemoration of the birth of her daughter, Hilda Elizabeth. The presentation was made at a public meeting held at the Town Hall, when amongst the speakers were Professor Angus, Major Bassett Lewis, Mr Robert Ellis, Mr John James, and Mr David Roberts. A few years ago Mr and Mrs Jones cele- brated their silver wedding, and although anxious to avoid any formality of celebration, the fact became known to their large circle of friends, who made them the recipients of numerous costly and beautiful presents. Probably the last public function with which Mrs Jones was identified was the opening of the new Intermediate School in November last. when she was amongst the ladies who presided at the tea tables. The interment will take place on Friday next at the cemetery. The funeral will start from the house at three o'clock, and to meet the earnest desires of friends and the townspeople generally, the family lias to consented to its being a public one. ♦
Aberystwyth Town Council. The members of the Aberystwyth Town Council met on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, when there were present the Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams) presiding; Alderman T. Doughton, Messrs. R. J. Jones, E. P. Wynne, T. E. Salmon, 1. Hopkins, R. Peake R. Doughton, J. P. Thomas, and John Jenkins, with A. J. Hughes (town clerk), H. L. Evans (borough accountant), Rees Jones (borough surveyor), C. Massey (assistant clerk.) TOTB OF CONDOLENCE. Before proceeding to business, the Mayor said he had a very sorrowful matter to bring before the Council, viz., the death of the wife of one of their oldest colleagues. He felt sure that it would be their wish that they should convey to Alderman Peter Jones and his family the deepest regret and sincere sympathy and condolence with him in the sad loss they had sustained. It was, he thought, all the more sad, because of its suddenness. It came upon the town on. Monday morning as a great shock and surprise. He could hardly realise that it was possible that Mrs. Jones, whom they all thought was in her usual health, was really dead. He had known her intimately for the last 20 years, and he thought all who knew her learned to respect and honour her When Alderman Jones was Mayor in 1880-1, she took' a prominent part in assisting the Mayor to discharge his public functions, and as many of them would remember during that period the town showed their respect to Alderman Jones and Mrs. Jones by a public presentation. He was sure the Council would now extend to Alderman Jones its sincere sympathy and condolence in the heavy bereavement which he and his family had been called upon to bear. Mr R. J. Jones seconded, and said he could endorse the sentiments already stated by the Mayor. Mrs. Jones was a lady well-respectea by all sections of the community for her unostentatious and useful work. Not only would Alderman Jones suffer a serious loss, but the town generally would miss her for her faithfulness and good works. The vote was unanimously carried in silence. LETTER OF APOLOGY. The Mayor said he had received a letter from Mr. G. Croydon Marks expressing regret at inability to be present, and stating he had been obliged to leave for America for a few weeks on professional duties. COLLBGE VOLUNTEER CORPS. The Mayor announced he had received a letter from Prof. Ainsworth Davies on behalf of the Volun- teer Corps formed at the College, asking for the use of the Town Hall for drill purposes. The Mayor said he had ventured to convey to Prof. Davies the opinion that the Council would willingly grant the request, but pointed out that the Town Hall was already engaged two or three nights during the week, and arrangements would have to be made to prevent clashing. Alderman T. Doughton wished to be informed whether, in case the young men of the town formed a volunteer corps, the preference of the use of the Town Hall would be given to the College students. The Mayor explained that that would be a matter of arrangement. In reply to Mr Salmon, Mr D. C. Roberts pointed out that the Examination Hall of the College was too small for the purpose, as it only admitted of half the corps drilling at one time. The resolution to grant the use of the Town Hall was then agreed to. INSPECTION OF HACKNEY CARRIAGES. A report was read from Messrs Rogers and Sons re the examination of hackney carriages in the town, and stating that another examination would be made on April 14th and 16th. DRAINAGE OF BRYNYMOR ROAD. A letteI was read from the Clerk to the Rural Dis- trict Council stating that the Local Government Board required the Rural Council to enter into a written agreement with the Urban Council in refer- ence to the discharge of the sewer from Brynymor- road into the town sewer; and asked the Town Clerk to take the necessary instructions from the Town Council to prepare a draft agreement for submission to the Local Government Board for their approval. The Mayor suggested that this be referred to the Public Works Committee, and that it be considered after the question of extension of boundaries had been deeided. Had he not been ill for the last six weeks, he would have taken a census, and got other information, with the view of applying for an inquiry. The Mayor's suggestion was agreed to. ELECTRIC LIGIIT WORKS. A letter was read from the Aberystwyth and Chis- wick Electric Lighting Co., as to the complaint made of the nuisance caused at their works at Mill-street, by the emission of steam into the street. The Com- pany promised to attend to the matter at once. GOLF LINKS. A communication was read from Mr. J. E. Sparrow applying for a subscription towards the golf club which has been formed and started on Pen Dinas Hill. They had some 30 members at a subscription of £1 each, which was sufficient to pay rent of ground and the maintenance of the links, but the initial expense of forming greens and tees they found beyond their means, and in this they asked the help of the Council on the ground that watering places have fully realised that nothing will attract a good class of visitors like golf, and the number of visitors seen during the year wending their way to Borth, Aberdovey, and Towyn must prove that the game attracts visitors. This year the Corporation of some of the English watering places had voted large sums towards links, notably Bourne- mouth £ 3,000. They asked the help of the Council and that generously towards the initial expense of making the links, and also when advertising the town to in- clude the golf links as an additional attraction. Mr. R. J. Jones said this was a matter which should receive due encouragement from the Council, and he thought credit was due to Mr. Sparrow for taking the matter up. He (the speaker) thought it was a recreation greatly needed in a town like their's. He would move that it be referred to the Finance Com- mittee for consideration. This was seconded, and unanimously agreed to. MINOR MATTERS. Mr. John Parry, Glanpaith, made an application for permission to remove a few loads of gravel from the Harbour, and the Clerk was directed to reply stating that the Harbour was free to everyone to remove gravel. A petition from residents of North-parade, com- plaining of the nuisance caused by the carriage stand in that part of the town was referred to the General Purposes Committee. An application by Mrs. Ann Price, Gray's Inn-road, to be allowed to place bay windows on two of her houses in that street was referred to the Public Works Committee. RENEWAL or LEASES Mr. D. C. Roberts moved the adoption of rocom mendations of the Finance Committee granting renewals of leases on site scale to the foillow ing:— Messrs. Green and Colquhoun, 5, Terrace-road; Mrs. Rea, 10, Portland-street; Mrs. Rea, Corporation- street; Miss Lewis, 12 and 14, Penmaesglas-road Mr Thos. Davies, 12, Thespian-street; Mr. Thos. Lloyd, 5, Poplar-row; Ir. Lewis Hopkins, 14 and 16, Cambrian-place Misses Owen, 53, Cambrian-street; and John Watkins, 20, Terrace-road. The committee also recommended the renewal of lease on rateable value scale to Mr. James in respect of 36, 38, 40 and 42, Portland-street. All these recommendations were unanimously approved of. The committee further recommended the granting of a renewal on rateable value scale to Mr. Wm. Morton in relpoct of 42, Terrace-road, but when this was reached Mr. Roberts said he could not move its adoption as he did not approve of it. Mr. H. Doughton then moved its adoption, and Mr. J. Jenkins seconded. Mr. D. C. Roberts then moved as an amendment that the renewal be granted on site scale, and upon terms which had appeared on the agenda of previous meetings, and which were recommended on one occasion by the Finance Committee, and would mean a rental of 42 5s. 10d., and on the conditions that the present building be demolished, and a new dwelling house erected on the site. He moved this because the surveyor had informed them that he considered that in this case the building should be demolished. They had two methods of dealing with renewal ot leases, viz.—to renew on rateable value scale, but in cases where they considered the build- ing ought to be demolished they had the site scale. In this caee the surveyor had definitely informed them that this building should be demolished, and, there- fore, he considered that in accordance with their custom they should grant the renewal on site scale. They could take the case of Mrs. Rea, Portland- Itreet. He was with the committee that visited that place, and their idea was that that was to be renewed on the rateable value scale. But the Surveyor pointed out that the building ought to be demolished, and the committee had recommended the renewal on site scale. All he desired was to treat all alike, and in the case of Mr. Morton as long as the surveyor considered the building should be demolished, they should treat him on the site scale. There was a note on the agenda stating that the terms offered Mr. Morton were identical with the terms given to Mrs. Clapperton for the renewal of the adjoining house. That was quite correct, but if the Council had the matter properly before them at that time and Mrs. Clapperton fully realised the position, she would have made a renewed application and asked them to grant renewal on site scale. Unfortunately, she did not realise, and the Council did not realise the position, and the lease was renewed on rateable value scale. It was desirable in a good street like Terrace-road that they should have good buildings, and he urged the Council to adhere to the surveyor's recommenda- tion that this building should be demolished, and in doing so grant renewal on site scale. Mr 1. Hopkins seconded the amendment, and said he did not see how the Council could treat Mr Mor- ton's lease different to the others. Mr Salmon had placed it on the agenda of the previous meeting that he should have jit on the same conditions as the others, and to be conscientious and do everyone justice they ought to give Mr Morton the same privilege as the others. Mr h doughton As Mrs Clapperton ? Mr I. pkins No; if you did wrong to Mrs Clap- perton-as I believe you did, and we ought to allow her something back-we ought to try and do right now. Mr T. E. Salmon said it was perfectly true that ho did put it on the agenda that day fortnight, but upon certain grounds. This matter had been discussed by the Finance Committee on several occasions, and Mr. Morton's application had been recommended once on the site scale, but referred back for further con- sideration. At the discussion at that committee he proposed that these names on the agenda at the present time should be granted renewals on the site scale, and that of Mr Morton on the rateable value. He had no seconder, but it was carried that all these applications should be .recommended to the Council to be renewed on rateable value scale. Therefore, that was the reason why he put the whole on the agenda, so that all these applications, which had property adjoining granted on site scale, should not suffer from the single application of Mr Morton. And he said at the last meeting that he could not speak on the same grounds on the application of Mr Morton as the others, because on that side of the street, from the Bank to Wheatley's corner, the renewals had all been granted on rateable value, and therefore it was only fair that this property should be on the rateable value scale also. It had been said by the ex-Mayor that he was going on the recommendation of the Sur- veyor. They had had recommendations from the Surveyor before on other places visited, and in one the Surveyor recommended that the chimneys should be of the best bricks, but the ex-Mayor on that occasion ignored the recommendation, and supported by his easting vote that the chimneys be cemented. That was the chimney in North-parade belonging to Mrs James. Mr. D C. Roberts said he would like to say that he gave his casting vote based on the report of the Sur- veyor, and he asked Mr. Salmon to withdraw his remarks, which were a reflection upon him. Mr. Salmon said it wonld give him great pleasure to withdraw if he was wrong. The Mayor said both Mr. Roberts and Mr. Salmon were correct. The report brought to the Council was the report of the Surveyor urging the erection of new chimneys and to cement them. Mr. Roberts then pointed to a report given two or three years before, and gave his vote in favour of that instead of the last, and so both members were correct. Mr. Roberts But both cannot be correct. The Mayor That is the actual state of things. Mr. Roberts Well, I accept your explanation. Mr. R. Peake, in supporting the amendment, said he thought it was practically understood by every member that the report submitted at the previous meeting would be returned to this meetiag after cor- rections had been made in the terms. He could not see the consistency of treating this case on rateable value when they had treated other people from time immemorial on site scale for demolition. And with regard to the status of the Conncil, he did not think they should go back upon their word. The Mayor I say at once that the last resolution of the Council did not specify anything more than that all applications received by the Clerk up to the 5th December should be treated on the existing basis. Mr. J. P. Thomas spoke for the amendment, and said he was afraid that they were influenced by the market value of this property at the present time. He did not think they should consider the enhanced value put on property, because it was difficult to get property now. Mr. Salmon We have not doae that, we are recom- mending the rateable value scale. Mr. Thomas You want to give them a different rate to the other. Mr. R. J. Jones No, we don't. The Mayor: It does not insist on demolition. Alderman T. Doughton said he considered no different terms should be given to Mr. Morton than in the other houses from the Bank to the Terrace, and they would not be dealing fairly with the other applicants in Terrace-road, if they granted Mr. Morton's on the site scale. The Mayor said, in reference to Mr. Peake's remark that the recommendations were referred back at the previous meeting simply to be corrected, said the resolution then passed clearly said that the whole should be referred back, and dealt with on the exist- ting basis of renewals. And in order to avoid a lot of useless discussion he made that suggestion to Mr. Salmon, although it had been made to appear in a certain newspaper that he (the Mayor) had moved the resolution. To that extent the report in the newspaper was entirely wrong and misleading. The Mayor added that members of the Finance Com- mittee contended strongly that there was no real occasion fort his house to be completely demolished, and the Surveyor did not say that it was essential that it should be demolished, but said it would be a better job if it was demolished. The Mayor also referred to the report brought in by the Surveyor on the 6th July, 1897, regarding No. 38, Terrace-road, which stated that "the house to be raised to the same height as the adjoining house, Mrs. Clapperton's, subject to plans and specifications submitted and approved of by the Conncil." That was after minute inspection of a house next door but one, and the Sur- veyor asked them to accept his report. He stated in regard to Mrs. Rea's house that that was in a bad state, but that could not be applied in this case. And that was the ground upon which he voted that the same terms should be given to Mr. Morton as all the applicants in that street. There was no occasion to demolish the house, but only to submit plans of the proposed alterations, and renew on the rateable value. The same conditions were made to Mrs Clapperton, :who practically pulled her house down to the first floor and effected improvements, and the same could be carried out in this case. And in 1897 he found that her house was put a pattern to the other houses. And he demurrede"ntirely from the statement made by the ex-Mayor and Mr Peake, that Mr Morton was treated differently to anyone else. His desire was to treat Mr Morton in the same way as any other applicant in that street. If anyone else had had a renewal on the site scale he would be pre- pared to grant this. Mr R. Peake What about the Waterloo ? The Mayor, continuing, said he had always en- deavoured to treat everybody alike, :and he chal- lenged a contradiction of that. What he wanted was that equal treatment should be meted out to Mr Morton as to the adjoining owners. There was no end of base insinuations and charges hovering about. Mr Peake Perhaps that is meant for me ? The Mayor It is not meant for you. Mr J. P. Thomas Can we have the terms of the Waterloo ? The Mayor That is not before us. Mr Thomas I think we should have it before us before we vote. The Mayor It has been stated distinctly that this is on the same basis as the other premises in Terrace- road. Mr R. Doughton having replied, a division was made, when Messrs Roberts, Peake, Hopkins, and Wynne voted for the amendment, and the Mayor, Messrs R. J. Jones, R. Doughton, T. Doughton, Salmon, and J. Jenkins for the Committee's recom- mendation, the latter being carried by a marjority of one. Renewals on rateable value scale were also granted I Mrs Mary Jones, 5, Baker-street; Capt. David Lloyd, I 7, Baker-street; Mrs Griffiths, 3, Railway-terrace Rev. D. C. Evans, 5, Railway-terrace; and Mrs Hopkins, 18, Cambrian-street.
TREGARON. OBITUARY.—An account of the death of Mrs Caron Jones will be found under Borth news. PERSONAL.—Mr D. W. E. Rowlands, J.P., Garth, left here on Tuesday last for Davos Platz to recruit his health. FAIRS.—The annual horse fair was held here on Friday last. The farmers who had anticipated a goodly attendance of dealers brought their stock to the village early. A brisk business was done, and the prices were good. The number of animals sent by train more than doubled the usual number. LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY.—The above society held its weekly meeting on Wednesday evening week, under the presidency of Mrs. Wil- liams, Brenig View. A paper on Daniel Rowlands, Llangeitho," was read by Mr. "W. D. Davies, Llan- ddewi Brefi, who in his interesting address gave a review of the life, character, and work of this well- known divine and revivalist. Messrs T. H. Davies, David Jones, Herbert Davies, and M. E. Morgan also spoke on the same subject. A duett was also given by Messrs Richard Jones and John Evans. Mr. J. A. Jones proposed, and Mr. Herbert Davies seconded, and it was unanimously agreed to give a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Davies for his excel- lent paper and on the proposition of Mr. M. E. Morgan, supported by Mr. G. T. Lewis, M.A., a vote of thanks was accorded to Mrs. Williams for her able conduct in the chair. Mrs. Williams suitably responded, and thanked them for their good wishes, and trusted the society would meet with every success in theiuture. SCHOOL BOARD.—A meeting of the Board was held on Friday, when there were present Mr. E. C. Evans, chairman Mr. David Jones, vice-chairman; Messrs. Joseph Edwards, Timothy Evans, Jonathan Thomas, and the Vicar. The minutes were read and confirmed; and the list of absentees were gone through, and instructions given to 'the attendance officer. An application was again received from Mr. Hughes, Castell Flemish, for painting and papering the master's house. The question was carefully considered, and subsequently directions were given to the Clerk to apply for tenders, which will be dealt with at the next meeting. On the proposition of Mr. Timothy Evans, seconded by Mr. David Jones, it was unanimously resolved that statements of accounts be prepared and printed for distribution among the ratepayers at the end of the current year. Cheques in payment of quarterly salaries and bills due were drawn and signed, which z, brought the meeting to a close.
LAMPETER. TEMPERANCE.—The weekly meeting of the Church of England Temperance Society was held at the Lower Schoolroom on Monday evening last under the presidency of the Rev. W. J. Evans, curate. The following programme was gone through, and a very enjoyable evening was spentAddress, Rev. W. J. Evans duett, Miss M. J. Oliver, Greenfield, and Miss Letitia Jones, Drover's-road; competition, "Dare to be a Daniel," prize kindly given by Mrs W. J. Megicks, Temple-terrace; address, Mr D. J. Davies, Bridge-street; song, Llythyr fy mam," Miss Annie Hughes, Station-terrace. PIGEON SHOOTING.—The Lampeter Gun Club held their annual pigeon shooting match on Wednesday the 14th inst in one of the Llettytuppa fields near this town. There were 18 competitors, and the prizes were awarded as follows1st prize, Mr D. D. Evans, Llania-issaf 2nd Mr D. D. Williams, Abercoed 3rd Mr D. Thomas, Castelldreinog. Sweepstakes then followed when Mr A. C. Sterry, Monachty, won 1st prize, and Mr J. J. Davies, Blaenwain, the 2nd prize in the 1st event, and in the 2nd event Mr J. Evans, Monachty, and Mr D. D. Evans, Llanio-issaf, won 1st and 2nd prizes respectively. In the evening a dinner was given at the Royal Oak Hotel. Mr Fred Sturdy, Pantmawr, acted as referee, whilst the offioes of treasurer and secretary were held by Mr D. P. Davies, M.R.C.V.S., Royal Oak Hotel, and Mr T. L. Davies, Northgate, respectively. CONGRATULATION.— At a meeting of the Parish Church Council held on Wednesday evening of last week it was unanimously resolved to send the Vicar (the Rev. Daniel Jones) the following letter of con- gratulation :—"Dear Vicar, Although we are sure you will not fail to understand even without any formal words from us how sincere and constant our sym- pathy with you has been in your recent trouble and anxiety, still we cannot refrain from sending (col- lectively as Church Council) a brief word of earnest and heartfelt congratulation to you on the successful result of the painful and dangerous operation which you have lately undergone. We assure you that our thoughts and our prayers have been with you and for you throughout, and we heartily thank God that of his great goodness you are enabled to return and re- sume among us that work which in the past has been so signally faithful and fruitful." A FOOTBALL DISPUTE.—On Saturday week the Lampeter students had a fixture with the Llanelly club from home. The event was extensively adver- tised, and splendid arrangements were made for the match. At the appointed day, however, the visitors did not turn up, and it appears the S.D.C. are indig- nant with the Tinplaters for playing Alcwyn Jones, one of the students, against Swansea recently, and as a protest they refused tio play the match with Llan- elly. The latter have decided to bring the conduct of the Lampeter Club to the notice of the Welsh Football Union, and a claim amounting to about E25 has been put in as compensation for loss of gate ex- penses incurred.
LLANILAR. GENEROSITY.—Mr. Loxdale, with his usual generosity, has kindly distributed a sum of money among the poor of the neighbourhood and that of Tregaron. Last Christmas Mr. Loxdale distributed a quantity of coal among the poor as usual, and it is needless to add that this additional and thought- ful benevolence on the part of the esteemed squire of Castle Hill is much appreciated. DEATH OF AN OLD INHABITANT.—On Saturday last the death took place at the advance age of seventy-eight years of Hannah Evans, who for up- wards of forty years had been in service at Castle Hill. The funeral took place on Tuesday from Castle Hill, and was attended by Mr Loxdale, the estate workmen, and numerous friends, the inter- ment being made at Llanilar Churchyard. De- ceased was a native of Nebo, near Llanrhystyd.
FOOTBALL ABERYSTWYTH V. U.C.W. The Aberystwyth Town team being engaged on y 11 Saturday at Aberdare, in the final round for the South Wales Cup, the pros," who were disqualified from playing, organised a scratch team to play the College team. The match was played at the Barracks Field, and there was a fair attendance of spectators'. College were minus some of their regular players. As might have been expected under the circumstances, play was of a mediocre character. Aberystwyth pressed for the major portion of the initial half, and within a few minutes of the start Stanley Peake scored a goal for the town. Marshall and Whelan made strenuous efforts to break through the College defence again and again. but the two backs tackled pluckily and resisted all their onslaughts. Nothing further was scored up to half-time. During the second moiety, the College played a better game, and were more often on the aggressive. Parry, however, proved their stumbling block on each occasion, and he seldom allowed them to become really dangerous. Hard play on the part of the two backs, and also by Johnson at half enabled the College to hold their own to within a few minutes of the finish. Then, from a throw in by Parry, judiciously placed, Marshall secured the ball with practically a clear field before him, and he scored the second goal for the town. The game ended in a victory for the town by two goals to nil. The following were the teams:-U.C W.-Goal, Barratt; backs, Roberts and Bennett; half-backs, Piper, Allsop, and Pugh; forwards, Johnson, Griffiths, Hughes, E. A. Lewis, and T. P. Jones. Aberystwyth. -Goal, T. Evans; backs, C. Parry and W. Dougall; half-backs, Oswald Green, Teddy Earns, and O. Stephens forwards. T. Wilson, S. Peake, Marshall, Whelan, and T. Rees. Referee, Mr. Towyn Williams. SOUTH WALES CUP. ABERYSTWYTH V. ROGERSTOKE. After repeated attempts Aberystwyth have at length succeeded in winning the challenge cup offered by the South Wales and Monmouthshire Association. The game last Saturday at Aherdare against Rogerstone in the final round was played under favourable conditions, and although victory was only gained by a solitary goal, still this does not represent the superiority of the Aberystwythians over their opponents. Owing to the number of new players included in the team, local followers of the game did not place too great a reliance in their ability to come off successful, but the new men played a splendid game, and the combination was quite beyond expectations. An interesting fact in connection with last Saturday's team also was that all the players, with the exception of Roose, were Aberystwyth boys. Rogerstone played a strong game, although mainly on the defence during the second half, and in fact they kept their goal intact right up to the moment when the whistle sounded no side." It was then mutually agreed to play an additional half-an-hour, and within ten minutes,'Oswald James, from a scramble in front of goal, sent the ball into the net. The only point at which Rogerstone were really strong was the full-back line, but in all the other divisions they were outclassed. At the con- clusion of the match, the handsome cup was presented amid great excitement to the victorious captain (Mr. John H. Edwards), by Major Morgan Lindsay, president of the Association, and the captain made a suitable reply. The fervent wish of all followers of the team is that they may be equally successful at Oswestry on Saturday week.
Pinting quickly and neatly done at the Welsli Gazette Priutcries, Bridge Street.
London Letter. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. I London, Wednesday Afternoon. THE SHAMROCK. The recognition of the various nationalities of the Kingdom is a significant sign of the times, and Her Majesty's gracious concession to the sentiment of Her Irish subjects will do much to promote a better feeling between Great Britain and the sister isle. The wearing of the green has received the sanction and patronage of the Queen. Twelve months ago many a son of Erin in the army came to grief for stubbornly refusing to throw away his shamrock. We are moving at last. The solidarity of the Empire will be promoted and not retarded by such concessions as this to the aspirations of its peoples. A better understanding of the principles .on which the demands of Wales and Ireland are based is what is badly wanted, and the sure result of a better understanding will be peace and prosperity. THE WELSH MILTTARY HOSPITAL. I I hear that the funds for the Welsh Hospital are coming in well, and that half the necessary amount has been already subscribed. The concert on Wednesday night was not very well patronized, the more expensive seats being practically empty. Of course, the programme was excellent, for all the best known Welsh singers took part, including Ben Davies and Mrs Mary Davies. The singing ot Mre. Gwen Davies, a sister of Mrs Mary Davies, was much praised. In fact, the two sisters quite outshone the other singers except that, of course, the feature of the evening was the magnificent Z5 singing of Ben Davies. *THE ARMY CONTRACTS. Every right thinking man will hail with delightthe exposure ofjthose army contractors who have been struck off the Government lists. It is harrowing enough to read of the sufferings of those brave fellows who have to go abroad and fight their country's battles in foreign lands, but it is simply appalling to learn that their sufferings are hastened and aggravated by dishonest and unscrupulous traders at home. How callous and un- grateful must be the citizen—if he be worthy the name-who can turn the bloody torrents of war to bring additional lucre to their mills. Have we not read of our soldiers having to march over the burning sands of the Soudan with shoddy shoes made of—paper! and of our transports having to delay at critical moments on account of their supply being found unfit for human beings. When such treatments as these are allowed to be meted out in the mother country, can we rightly expect our soldiers to breathe their last in foreign lands, exclaiming dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. This scandal has aroused the ire of the best men in the House and the just indignation of the nation. THE CYMMRODORION SOCIETY. To-night Mr. Edward Owen gives a lecture at the Cymmrodorion Society on Owen Lawgoch, who he thinks is synonymous with the Ievan de Galles of the French chronicler Troissart. Professor Rhys is coming up to take the chair, and the lecturer is certain to throw a flood of light on a very interesting period of Welsh History. Watcyn Wyn gives a lecture on Penillion Singing on the 11th of April and Professor Lloyd of Bangor lectures on Wales and the Norman Conquest" on an early date in May. The first part of the catalogue of Welsh manuscripts in the British Museum, which is being compiled by Mr. Edward Owen has recently been issued, and is a. pattern of what such a work should be. THE WAR. There is not much fresh news from South Africa this week, but it looks likely that Lord Roberts has conquered the Free State south of Bloemfontein. The behaviour of Lord Roberts in Bloemfontein is of a piece with his character of a brave man and clever leader. He does not seem to have done any- thing to hurt the susceptibilities of the Dutch, and he has succeeded in restraining his men, who however, do not seem to have much life in them after their arduous march Fnrther accounts speak highly of the Welsh Regiment at Driefontein, and the list of casualities in spite of the successful tactics of the soldiers in hiding themselves, is ex- tremely heavy.. Later despatches also show that Cronje was taken by surprise, and his defeat and capture has for the time dis- organised the Free State forces. THE STATE RESISTANCE. But to speak of getting to Pretoria within a month is absurd, unless the public are being deceived as to the facts by the news- papers. There is no evidence whatsoever that the Boers think of capitulating, and their resistance among their native hills, of which, I suppose, we have no surveys, will be far more difficult to meet than it was at the Tugela and Magersfontein. By this time there is no doubt that the Boers, ow- ing to their continual practice, have de- veloped into exceedingly fine soldiers, prob- ably equal to any in the world. Unless the abilities Qf Joubert have been much over- rated, which is hardly likely, the English forces will have their toughest piece of work yet to meet. The Jingo papers here are already prophesying the capture of Pretoria by the 15th. of May, just as they prophesied a few months ago that it would be captured by Christmas Day. As they become more and more confident every day, one cannot help feeling that they are getting perilously near to the old proverb, Pride goeth before a fall. CECIL RHODES AT KIMBERLEY. The remarkable interview with Cecil Rhodes published in the Daily Mail last Saturday is the topic of everybody's conver- sation. Rumour was rife that he and Kekewich had quarrelled, that his paper the Diamond Field Advertiser, had been suppressed, and that Jvekewich had threatened to put him in irons, but nobody paid much attention to this until the publi- cation of Mr. Ralph's interview with the Colossus. From the interview it appears that Cecil Rhodes was insubordinate and impudent, that he persistently nagged at and worried the military authorities and that his behaviour made him liable to certain penalties under the Army Act. What a chance Kekewich missed ? Rhodes is by no mean a popular personage with the mob in London, in fact, his name has been. booked at the large theatres and music halls, and this interview will serve to intensify this feeling. The ordinary view of the City Man is-" My country right or wrong," a phrase, which covers every imaginable iniquity. I suppose, the dwellers of Sodom and Gomorrah made use of the same phrase, when they were warned of the coming fire and brimstone. THE CONCLUSION. Everybody is talking of the conclusion of the war and of the final settlement. A strong feeling is being manifested, especially in Nonconformist circles, that whatever. happens Rhodes is to have no voice in the final arrangements. Little they know Mi- Rhodes if they think that a few politicians' or self -assertive propounders of the con- science of Nonconformists, can drive him away from his prey. Why, the man would have no scruples in plunging South Africa into war once more rather than lose a single point in the play. If Chamberlain is not under his tnunib, as there is reason to think he is, then we are sure to witness a struggle be- tween these two men before the final chap- ter is reached. Already Rhodes is preparing his cards. His paid henchmen, who are cor- respondents of the London Press in South Airica., send glowing accounts of his self- sacrificing zeal at Kimberley. One would like to read Co1- Kekewich's private account of Mr Rhodes's doings. It can be taken as a fact that every time Mr Rhodes's name appears in telegrams from J-jouth Africa, some object is being aimed at by him and his gang of conspirators.
TOWYN. NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL.-The site of this new been excavated '1^ in Station-road, has oeen excavated, and we understand that the new one ng much larSer in size than the present one. IMPROVEMENTS.-Considerable improvements are now being carried on in the townP ™ra new houses are in course of erection, while in everv dir- ection preparations for the summer season are to be • SALE.-Yesterday, Mr. Lewis Williams, Dolgelley, in the absence of Mr R. Gillart, auctioneer, who, we regret to learn, is indisposed of health, conducted an important sale of live and dead stock at Dolau^vyn. Tiuw^t a MgeTat^ndaLa,Ce of dealers and farmers. I MELT. Mr. J. Maethlon James has earned the _LL_J- gnunuac or tHe general public for calling atten- tion to the urgent necessity of preserving the rights of the public to the foreshore. The matter is an important one, and attention has been called to it none too soon, and it is to be hoped that Mr. James will succeed in arousing the public from its apathy in this matter. £ .TT^e usual weekly meeting of the Inde- pendent Order of Good ,pemplars was held on Tuesday evening at the Congregational schoolroom, under the presidency of Mr J. Maethlon James. After the usual business had been transacted, the following programme was gone through :-Song, Mr D O \lrnjoW*?mg' ''Pw/Sigm">'d cymeriad moesol,'1 Mr Johnny Jones; duett, "Y ddeilen ar vr afnn" Misses Owen and Evans reading Miss A J Thomas- and an address by the Chairman* Thomas, wa^STaT°tnheTfSdal,ev-in^ a ?rand Concert was nua at the Assembly Rooms, under the dis- tinguished patronage of the Rev. Titus Lewis, Mr. J. Corbett, Principal Roberts, Dr. Rowlands, Air. H. Haydn J^es (chairman of the County Council),'and Africl w^Si' i, Ti Proceeds were in aid of the South Africa Welsh Hospital Fund. The SDarious building! was filled to its utmost. Mr. W. R M. Wynne, Lord Lieutenant of the County, occupied the chair. The following was the excellent programme gone through :-Selection, "Cambrian echoes," the Towyn Band; song, The sailor's grave," Mr. H. M. Jones song, Yn iach i ti Gymru," Miss M. Owen ]ass," Mr. E. Richards; song) n £ bugler, Air. O Jones (encored); song (comic), Tut, tut, Mr. Preston song, Llam y cariadau," s°nS' "Yr hen fwthyn liwyd," Miss J. Roberta part song, "Onthe ramparts," Llane*- ryn Male Voice Party pianoforte solo, "Tarantella,1* Miss May Roberts; song, "Dearie," Miss M Owen; song, "Tommy Atkins," Mr. F. Wil- liams (encored); "I godi'r hen wlad yn ei hol, comic song, "She was, she was, she was," Mr Preston; song «y Gardotes Fach" (encored), RrS^"Mr o r Roberts: song, "The Old Mr Owen Jones; part song, "Comrades song of hope," Llanegryn Male Voice°Partv; selec- tion, Rose Queen," Towyn Band. Miss May Roberts proved a capable accompanist.
DOLGELLEY. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. This Council held its fortnightly meeting on Tuesday evening, when there were present-M?. J ^/nC«-n °nes (c'iairman), Dr. John Jones, Messrs Pam- E Wv w:i/°neS' Ellis Williams. Tom Richards' F w IT dhams, Edward Williams, H. Kichards E W Evana, John Edwards, and John Wr r B,an?,ett (clerk)< William Jones (sur- veyor), R. Jones (collector), and Sergeant Owen. PRICE OF GRAVEL. that it was shown Gs, £ £ £ for £ i6s-sd- balance of 14s. 8d. war8hseuffiS°tn COMidered tbat tl,e sum POM GAS COMPANY AND THE ROADS. The ISurveyor reported that several of the roads In Wopk«Wr^Were m a bad condition' and that the Water Sreeti Were n°W la>'in? P'Pes m all the properly. were nofc filling the trenches up Mr.E.W. Evans said the Water Works Company would put m proper repair any portions of the roads the surveyor found not properlv done. T i ^a? the? decided that Messrs Richard Richards tolSr aUd Edward,WilIiams a committee to meet the Company, and arrive at a satisfactory arrangement with them. TENDERS. The tender of Messrs. Williams and Roberts, at P-33 5s., for improvement work in Smithfield-street was accepted, but the acceptance of the same firms tender of £27 5s., for similar work at Bont Fawr, was adjourned until the next meeting. SALE OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Dr. John Jones proposed that the slaughterhouse be sold by public auction, and that the Council fix a itbenotPso1d lf price was not offered that it be not sold. After a discussion, the resolution was carried by fnVn/fhfiii?) fVe\ k" was decided that the land time r P Up au°tion at the same FLOODING OF THE TOWN. Mr Edward illiams had a motion on the agenda as to the flooding of the town. agenda D JtrLt rn Cy0M ftated,it:' was a matter for the Rural t\ e with" The water which caused the flooding evidently came down from Llyn Clogwyn. fti,™7rv> fc^at a communication be sent to the Rural Council on the matter at once. MISCELLANEOUS. wlu^SSrS David Meredith, John Jones, and Ellis yeal-!amS W6re aPP°lnted overseers for the ensuing It was decided to pay Mr. E. W. Evans the sum of two guineas in respect of two visits he had paid to Mr W T° t0 0swestry on behalf of the Council: enfuing yeanneSWaSre"aPP°intedSUrvey0r for
List of some of the principal, places where "Cb ttklsD Gazette" is sold: ABERYSTWYTH. ABERAYRON. ABERDOVEY. ABERGYNOLWYN. ABERLLE FENNY. ABERARTH. ARTHOG. BALA. BARMOUTH. BLAENAU FESTINIOG BRONANT.
Births, Marriages and Deaths. BIRTHS. GARNET-On Tuesday, March 13th, at 3, Borthwen- terrace, Barmouth, the wife of Mr Charlie Garnet, of a son. (Firstborn). MARRIAGES. ROBERTS—WILLIAMS—March 21st, by licence, at St Paul's Chapel, Aberystwyth, by tile pastor, Rev D. Morgan, in the presence of the Rev W. Jones Mr John H. Roberts, to Miss Williams, both of Borth. DEATHS. JONEs.-March 16th, Cwmpadarn, Elizabeth, widow of David Jones, labourer, aged 7 8vears. JONES.—March 17th, North Parade, Mary Jane Jones aged 47 years. JONEs.-March 16th, Evan Jones, labourer, aged 90 years. Jo.NEs.-March 16th, South-road, Daniel M. Jones, aged 19 years. EVANs.-March 17th, North Parade, Aberystwyth, Captain John Evans, aged 50 years. CAMPBELT, ATarcli 15th., Crynfryn Row, Henry Collin Campbell, son of Charles Campbell, engine driver, aged 5 months. CLAY-roN.- March 14th., Railway-terrace, Aberyst- wyth, Mary Jane, daughter of Riclnud Clayton, aged 4 years. PITTOCK.—March 14th., Annie, wife of Sergt. Thomas Pittock, the Barracks, Aberystwyth, aged 24 years. WILLIAMS.—March 14th., Llwyngwyn, Llanerchaiarn, Ann Williams, aged 62 years. EVANS.—March 16th., atTainewyddion, Llanfachreth, Ellen Evans, aged 80 years. JO.NES. Nlai-ch 18th., at Bronygan, Llanddwvwe- uwch-y-garreg, Ellis Jones, gold miner, aged 70 years. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGE REES, at the WELSH GAZETTE" Printeries, Bridge-street, Aberystwvth. in the County of Cardigan, Thursday, Inarch 22nd, 1300.