ABERYSTWYTH. ( CYCLING CLUB.—The cycling club went out for their first run on Wednesday afternoon. The de- stination was Goginan and about eighteen members turned up. ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCK.—On Sun- day morning last, the tirst use was made in Divine Service of 'The Congregational Church Hymnal," the new hymn-book adopted by this church. Its Compiler is Dr. Barrett, and the collection is about as Catholic and representative as can be desired. In addition to hvmns by all the chief singers of the Christi an Church, the book contains several metri- cal litanies, the Psal nits pointed fur chanting, hymns suitable for children's services, and anthems. Under the guidiance and instruction of the organist, Mr. Leah, A.R.C.O., the choir has mat- erially improved, and due attention is now paid to the various lights and shades so necessary in the due performance of the service of the sanctuary. By the fore.-ight of the deacons the.ro is a liberal supply of hymn books for the use of visitors. Copies of the Hymnal may be obtained at various prices from Mr. Robert Ellis, Great Darkgate Street. SOIREE.—A most successful soiree was held at the Welsh Baptist Chapel on Thursday evening last. In the absence of Mr J. L. Evans (who kindly sent a donation of Zl Is), the Rev. J. A. Morris occupied the chair. The tables were pre- sided over by Mrs Williams, Miss A. Thomas, Miss Isaac, Mrs Rowlands, Miss M. J. Jones, Miss Edwards, Miss Richards, Mrs H. Davies, Mrs Oliver. Miss Lewis and Miss Pollie Morgan, Bank Cottage. The following was the programme: Pianoforte duet, Miss Phillips and Howell: solo, Miss E. D. Ellis; solo, MrJ. Williams; duet, Misses Davies (encored); mandoiine selections, Miss Smith (encored) solo. Miss Warrington (encored); recitation, Mr Jack Roberts pianoforte solo. Mr D. J. De Lloyd; solo, Miss P. Morgan; Japanese gong, Mr J. A. Morris (encored): solo, Miss Davies; recitation, Mr T. Jarman solo, Miss Thorpe. The accompamest was Miss Polite Morgan, ine usual -vote of thanks brought a pleasant evening to a close. BENEFIT CONCERT.—On Friday evening last a concert, was given at the Tabernacle Schoolroom, for the benefit of Mrs. Mary Edwards, South-road. The Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams) was to have presided, but owing to unavoidable circumstances was unable to be present. He. however, sent a donation towards the object in view. as also did Mr. Vaughan Davies, The concert was largely attended, and the chair was occupied by the Rev. T. Levi, pastor. The following was the programme gone through;—Pianoforte duett, Misses 'James and Levi; song, Holy Man of sorrows," Miss Lizzie Williams song, Admiral Tom," Miss Warrington; recitation, The Revenge," Mr. Ll. Williams, U.C,W.; Mandoline solo (encore(l), Miss Smith; song, Alone on the raft," Miss Lizzie Morgan Jones song, 0 Llefa.ra," :Ir. D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac.; duett. "Solfa duett," (encored), Miss L. M. Jones and Mr. Haydn Jones; gramophone solo; song, Myfyrdod yn unig," Miss Warrington; song, 0 adfyd i wynfyd (encored), Mr. Jack Edwards; mandoline solo, Miss Smith; recitation, Mr. A. J. Jones, U.C.W.; song, Y bachgen ffarweliodd a'i walad," Mr. Haydn Jones. The accompanists were Misses Maggie James, Kate Levi, and Una Morgan. SIOIREE.-The North Cardigan Temperance Union which is responsible for the successful annual pro- cession of Temperance Associations in this town, held a soiree in aid of its funds on Thursday even- ing last in the Corn Market Hall. The chair was occupied by Mrs Principal Roberts, whose efforts on behalf of total abstinence are both known and appreciated. The following programme was rendered :—Pianoforte solo, Mr D. J. de Lloyd, U.C.W. song, Mr Jack Edwards quartette", The Toy Quartette" The Misses Williams, Thomas, Thompson, and Morgan song, Lovely Spring," Miss Mollie Owen part song, Goginan Gwalia," Mr Benjamin and party; dialogue. Their little drops," the Misses M & E Thomas, U. N. Morgan song, Mrs L. Williams; fan drill. Miss Thomas and party pianoforte solo, Miss Minette, London song Tit for Tat," Miss L. M. Jones recitation, Mr A. J. Jones, U.C.W., duet, Y ddau Wladgarwr," Messrs D. Davies and R. Edwards, U.C.W., part song, Jerusalem" Mr Benjamin and party song, Mr D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac.; finale, God Save the Queen." During the intervals the refreshment tables, which were plentifully stocked with season- able dainties, were well patronised by the large company present on the occasion. Amongst the prominent supporters in evidence we noticed Messrs T. Owen, and Daniel Thomas, the following ladies amongst other members of the executive of the B.W.T.A. being responsible for the refreshments —Mrs Williams, Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Daniel Thomas, and the Misses Edwards, Hughes, James, L. Jones, E. Powell, Doughton and Hum- phreys. OBDIXATION* OF THE REV. J. T. MILES. B.A.— One of the most impressive services ever held in con- nection with the Congregational Church in Mid- Cheshire took place at Northwich last week. when en Tuesday night, the Rev. J. T. Miles was ordained as pastor of the Northwich church. The new pastor is the son of the Rev. Job Miles, of Aberyst- wyth, and is 29 years of age. He was educated at Ardwyn school and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at Wadham and Mansfield Colleges, Oxford. The ordination service was pre- sided over by the Rev. Dr. Mackennal, while the Rev. Dr. A. M. Fairbairn, principal of Mansfield College; the Rev. T. A. Penry, of Aberystwyth; and the Rev. T. W. Pinn, of Stockport, took part in the service. There was a large congregation. In the course of his statement of Congregational principle the Rev. Dr. Mackennal said it might seem that Congregationalism was democracy ap- plied to church life. In reality, however, the case was quite the reverse. Democracy was Congrega- tionalism applied to political life, and, as a matter of fact, a dream of one great social communityjwith equal privileges to all the members and with the common responsibility resting upon every member to contribute his part to the common well-being, never entered the mind of man until it was a mani- fested reality in the church as founded by the Apostle-i, tinder the instructions and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Congregationalism had not learned its lessons of freedom and self-reliance and of brotherhood and democracy, but democracy had learned these lessons from Congregationalism.-—Mr. Algernon Fletcher, as senior deacon of the church, read a statement showing the unanimity with whick the Northwich church had extended their invitation to the Rev. J. T. Miles to become their minister. Sketching the history of Northwich church, Mr. Fletcher said during the past fifty years they had only had three ministers, and it was forty years since an ordination was held in connection with the church. The Rev. J. T. Miles, the new pastor. detailed the reasons which had led to his embracing the ministry, and made reference to the old Welsh preachers and of the colleges of Aberystwyth and Mansfield. The Rev. T. A. Penry, of Aberystwith, delivered the ordination prayer, after which the .Rev. Dr, Fairbairn gave the charge to the minister, church, and congregation. He alluded to thedeath of Dr. T. C. Edwards, and said his voice lived in the voice with which Mr. Miles bad spoken that night. I GTMANFA CERDDOROL.—The annual cymanfa of the North Cardiganshire Methodist Musical Union was held on Wednesday in last week at Shiloh Chapel, Aberystwyth. The sacred edifice was crowded at both the afternoon and evening meetings, and the singing of the large united choir was of a high order. Mr D. Jenkins, Mus. Bac. (Cantab), was the conductor, and the success of the festival must in a large measure be attributed to his services, which, together with his extensive ex- perience and undoubted ability, the committee are fortunate in being able to command :—The tunes 4 rendered by the choir were the following" Adgyfod- iad," Addfwynder," Bryncynlais," Brynteg," Censorinus"' Gwahoddiad," Hzinlan," "Osna- burg, Regent Square," St. Gertrude," Saxony," St. Catherine," Triumphant," "Wilton Square," Maidstone," etc. The march" Gogùniant Gwalia was also sung, together with the anthem, Coron Cyfiawnder." Mr. Evan Evans, solicitor, presided at the afternoon meeting, at which an address was delivered by Mr. J. T. Rees, Mus. Bac., Pengarn. Mr. Rees also distributed the books and certificates to the successful candidates in the examinations recently held in connection with the Union as follows:—Junior Certificate-Shiloh. Elizabeth A. Owens, Alfred William Morgan, Thomas Owen, Joseph Owen, Annie Jones, Ada Annie Jones, John Morris Jones, and David Humphrey Edwards; Tabernacle—Maggie Edwards, Willie Stanley Jones J. Herbert Howard, and Mary Elizabeth Jones. Elementary Class-Shiloh, Emily Jane Jones, Edith Owens, Bertie Jones. and Phyllis Thomas Tabernacle Olwen Humphrey Evans, Ethel Rowlands, Lizzie Ann Rowlands, Maggie Rowlands, John Hughes James, John Humphrey Edwards, and David Morris Edwards. Inter- mediate—Shiloh: Edward David Evans. Taber- nacle: Annie Pierce, Lizzie Watkins, Eunice Lewis, -and Mary Elizabeth Edwards. Second grade staff notation- Shiloh: Nancy Humphreys, Catherine Mabel Edwards. Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Minnie Thomas, Annie Catherine Price, and Una Morgan. Saron, Llanbadarn—Laura Williams. Tabernacle— Elizabeth Edwards. The candidates to secure the highest ranks in the respective divisions were the following :—Intermediate—Edward David Evans (Shiloh), and Annie Pierce (Tabernacl); second grade staff notation-Elizabeth Edwards (Taber- nacl), and each of these was presented with a suit- able book. In the competition for the best tune on ii)mn .349, the prize was divided between Messrs. i rOm Benjamin and William Jones, both of Aber- ( (tvytbl Mr. D. Jenkins being the adjudicator. ( Ie evening meeting meeting was presided over hy ?ev. D. R. Williams, and addresses were de- i nH at intervals by the Rev. T. Levi and rr. í id amuel, M.A., headmaster of the County c *ol. A word of praise is due to Mr. W. R. Jones, r fearkgate-street, who carried out, the secre.- r ^Vilifies iu hi. successful manner. j I SALVATION ARMY. The week of Self Denial in connection with the Salvation Army was brought to a close on March 29th the amount raised being '7 Z43 Os 7(1. The officer in charge of the corps, Captain Simkin writes to thank ilie. friends, who have supported the Army. THE LATE PRINCIPAL EDWARDS.—On Sunday evening Professor Ellis Edwards, M.A., of Bala, preached an eloquent sermon at Salem chapel in memory of the late Principal Edwards. Appro- priate hymns were sunEC and the Dead March in Saul was played during the service by Mrs. T. J. Samuel. The sermon was in Welsh, and an epitome will be found in another part of the paper. PROPERTY SALE.—Mr J. E. James, auctioneer, con- ducted a sale of valuable leasehold property in rort- laitd-street, Penglaise-terrace, and Trevor-road, at the Lion Royal Hotel on Wednesday. All the lots were withdrawn with the exception of 5, Trevor-road which was sold to Mr J. Owen, Stanley-terrace, at the sum of £480. Mr Joseph Davies, Town Hall, was the solicitor for the vendors in the case of the pro- perty in Penglaise-terrace. PRESENTATION.—On Sunday afternoon the mem- bers of the Sunday school class conducted at Shiloh by Mr Rowland Morgan made a presentation of a handsome Bible and Tune luok to Mr Evan Lloyd Jones, nephew of Mr Richard Jones, 5, William- street, on his leaving the country for Connisville, Pennsylvania. The presentation was made by Mr Morgan, who spoke highly of his pupil, making special reference to his exemplary conduct and regularity in attending the services. PETTY SE'Sl ONs. -fie fore Messrs. E. P. Wynne and John Lewis at the Town Hall on Wednesday, John Edwards, 32, Portland-street, was fined ls. 6d. for allowing the chimney of his house to be on Are on the 29th March. P.C. Williams proved the case.—The Bench granted a temporary transfer of the license of the New Inn from Charles Parry to George H. Delahay, Llanbadarn, and of the Boer's Head from the late Captain Evans to his son, William Lloyd Evans. COLLEGE VACATION.—The Easter vacation of the College commenced on Tuesday, and will continue until Tuesday, April 17th. A final entertainment was given at the College on Tuesday evening under the auspices of the Literary and Debating Society. A high-class programme had been arranged, and was sustained by such talented artistes as Mr. Fred Griffiths (flautist), and Miss Llewela Davies (pianist) t Mr. Jack Edwards, Great Darkgate-street, also I rendered a number of solos in fine style, and Miss a Jano Davies gave an interesting recitation. I SALEM CHAPEL.—On Sunday afternoon week last, Superintendent Phillips and Mr. John Thomas, Gosen, held a visitation of the Sunday School, at this chapel. The Super was in very fine form, < and bad some very splendid passages of arms with some of the teachers and others in his catechising of the Sunday School. He sustained the "holi'y pwnc throughout with great vigourand alertness. An excellent three-quarters-of-an-hour of very spirited discussion was carried on, with which the Super" was much pleased. A collection has been made at Salem for the Indian FamineJ fund, in response to the appeal made to the local churches by the Mayor. POLICE NEWS.—Elizabeth Boswell, alias Emma Jones etc., a travelling hawker, was brought up at the Police Station on Monday to answer a charge of stealing money at the Pier Hotel on the previ- ous Saturday the property of Mr Lawrence and also for being drunk. It seems that on the day refered to prisoner called at the Pier Hotel and after being served deliberately took a coin from the hands of a young girl employed on the premises and refused to return it. When arrested, prisoner who was in Yaynor-street was so much under the influence of drink that she had to be conveyed to the lock-up in a hand cart. She was sentenced to one month's imprisonment for pilferage and bound over on the other charge. PARISH MEETING.—The annual Parish Meeting for the parish of Vaenor Lower was held on Friday evening last at the Union Workhouse, when there were present Messrs. John Owen, H. Sheraton, David Lloyd, D. Chas. Owen, Wm. Jones, and David Lloyd was voted to the chair. Mr. D. Charles Owen was appointed chairman for the ensuing year, and Messrs. J. Owen and H. Sheraton were re-appointed overseers.—Mr. D. Lloyd: How much money did we spend last year?—The Clerk Not a penny (laughter).—Mr. Lloyd It's a shame we don't do anything.—The Clerk: Very likely after the census is taken next year there will be a Parish Council in this parish instead of a Parish Meeting. RADICAL CLUB.—The winter session of the Literary and Debating Society in connection with the Radical Club was brought to a close on Friday last, when the evening was spent in electing officers for the coming year. The meeting was presided over by Mr T. J. Samuel, solicitor, and the follow- ing is the result of the election :—President, Mr D. C. Roberts; Hon. Presidents. Messrs M. L. Vaughan Davies, M.P., Aldermen Peter Jones and W. H. Palmer; vice-presidents, Messrs T. B. Hall, T. J. Samuel, Griffith Ellis, P. B Loveday treas- urer, Mr T. W. Powell; executive committee, Messrs J. P. Thomas, J. Barson, A. Lloyd Williams, J. A. Phillips, W. Lewis; auditor, Mr H. Hughes librarian, Mr T. Stephens; hon. sees., Messrs. T. J Mason, A. 0. Francis, James Rees. The past session has been one of the most successful and progressive in the history of the Club, and the Radicals have the proud honour yf having the oldest and leading debating society in the town. ORGAN RECITAL.—The sixth and last of the series was given on Monday evening in the English Congregational Church by Mr J. E. Leah, A.R.C.O. (organist and choirmaster), assisted by the follow- ing double quartette. Soprani, Misses Dickenson and Hughes, contralti. Miss Warrington and Mrs Leah. Tenori, Messrs Edwards and Hughes, bassi, Messrs Hughesiand Evans. The organ pieces were as follows, Prayer and Cradle Song," Guilmant; Andantino." Lemare Allegretto Grazioso," Holloway, Trot de Cavalerie" Rubenstein (by de- sire) and Dichter und Bauer" Suppe (encored). The vocal items were Crossing the Bar," a very pretty setting of Tennyson's words composed by Mr Leah and sung in memory of the late Principal Edwards, also the Singers" by Gaul, and The Twilight Shades are falling," Bendall. The recital have all been well attended, and it is to be hoped they will be re-continued next winter. Mr Leah's programmes are always well chosen, and contain the best works of the great masters, and we feel sure that in his endeavours to cultivate a taste for the best in musical art, his labours ,will not prove in vain. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—On Sunday night last under the auspices of the British Women's Tem- perance Association, a public Temperance meeting was held at Tabernacle Chapel. There was a good attendance, including several of the ministers of the town. Mrs. Principal Roberts occupied the chair, and explained that the meeting had been called to commemorate the memory of Miss Francis Willard. Similar meetings she said had been held all over the country, with the hope and object that hearing of her life a desire might be stirred up to follow her example. Mrs. Roberts spoke of the duty of the Church to take up a spirit of antagonism to the traffic, and said she was sure that Christ condemned this national sin as much as he condemned the sin of the Scribes and Pharisees in his own davs. Mrs. Griffiths, Waterloo Hotel, then read an instructive paper on the life and work of Miss Frances Willard, the trreat teniDerance reformer and nhibnthrnni"t L' .['a.a.V"t" Prof. Ellis Edwards, Bala, followed with a character- istic speech. He said he was one of those who believed that alcohol ought not to be allowed. There were plenty of authorities to prove that it was unnecessary as a medicine. Some people said they took it as medicine, but although the pre- scription was given ten years ago it was still in force. It was not necessary for people in health, and not necessary to make people strong. It was not necessary to give heat to the body, for when men were in a fever alcohol was given not to in- crease but, to reduce temperature. Mrs. Levi also read a paper explaining the work and objects of the Worlds Women's Christian Union, toward which she made an earnest appeal for the monetary assis- tance of all well-wishers.—A collection having been taken Jtoward this deserving movement; the meeting terminated with the singing of a hymn and prayer. COB SHow.-The annual Show of the North Cardiganshire Cob Society was held on Monday at the Smithfield, Aberystwyth, when there was a fairly good attendance. Two prizes were offered, viz., £30 for the best cob and £5 for the best cart horse. In the former class the following were the entries:—' Chocolate Bracey,' owned by Mr Isaac Davies, Stud Farm, Lucton, Hereford; 'Lord Ventry,' ditto Uncle John,' Mr Thomas James, Sychnant, Pembrokeshire 4 Woodcock,' Mr John Jones, Rhiwlug, Llandyssul; 'Frank,' Mr David Davies. Dolgors, Devil's Bridge Cardigan Sailor,' Mr O. Humphrey, Cwmcoed, Blaenpennal; Car- adog Flyer,' Richard Morgan, Llangeitho. The first prize was awarded to Chocolate Bracey,' a dark chestnut and a good mover, especially in front. Woodcock,' the winner of the prize three years ago, was highly commended. This animal showed much improvement, but did not move as well behind as the first. Lord Ventry was dis- qualified, not being up to the regulation height. In the cart horse class the entries were as follows: Shire Dick,' owned by Mr Evan Jones, Moelivor Brigadier YI.' Mr E. Griffith, Towyn; 'Farmer's Friend,'ditto; Beacon,' ditto; I Sir Dane,' Mr J. M. Williams, Brynbwl; Western Lockington,' Mr Morgan Morgan, Machynlleth; 'Blagdon the Brave," Mr Jones, Llwvnddeniol. The first prize in this class was awarded to Mr Griffiths' 'Beacofi,' a new horse just bought by him at Wrexham. Mr Williams' Sir Dane' was highly commended, this being a very compact animal and moves well, but rather on the small side. The general impression of the show was that as far as hackneys was con- cerned it was the best ever held at Aberystwyth. The cart horses also were a good class, and were ibove the standard of previous years. Mr Furber, if Wellington, Salop, was the judge in the cob lass, and Mr Aloffa-, t, Falcondale, in the cart horse dass. The secretarial duties were performed with ] nuch success by Mr Rufus Williams, of the Lion < -lotel. } < LADY WHITE AT ABERYSTWYTH. Lady White arrived at Aberystwyth last Thursdav evening, and the first appearance of the wife of the gallant hero of Ladysmith was the signal for an ovation from the large crowd which had assembled to witness the arrival of the distinguished visitor. To prevent a crush, the platform was barri- caded and a number of constables were posted to guard the way between the station entrance and the Lovesgrove carriage. Lady White, accompanied by Lady Evans drove off to Lovesgrove among a scene of the greatest enthusiasm, enlivened by the popular strains of Rule Brittannia from many a hundred voices. Curious and anxious crowds who had heard of Ladv White's pending visit closely watched the trains at the various stations along the line. Disappointment, on previous visits to the stations had made many sceptics, especially at Machynlleth. At that station there was nevertheless a large crowd on Thursday anxious to have a passing glimpse of Lady White. Twice the crowd cheered opposite the wrong carriage, and threw the lady passengers into confusion. Then—y drydedd waith yw'r goel— when they found the right carriage, and were assured that Lady White was in the train, they fully made up for their previous mistakes by the lustiness of their cheering. At Ynyslas,Mr Jones, Tymawr, the tall hardy typical Cardi he is, having heard that Lady White was in the train, gave her a sincere Welsh welcome, and expressed a hope that her gallant husband would also soon come to Wales, hale and hearty, and that both would benefit by the visit. Borth, with its innumerable youngsters fairly eclipsed all other choruses—its volume and intensity was simply deafening. It is uncertain whether General White will also make a stay in this district, but we are given to understand that it is not unlikely he will make a short visit to his friends at Lovesgrove prior to hi departure for Gibraltar. s
LLANBADARN. DROWNING FATALITY. About half-past ten on Wednesday morning, a sensation was caused at Llanbadarn by the discovery of the body of Averinah Jones, wife of Edward Jones, Factory, in a brook which runs through a field adjoin- ing her residence. Deceased was S'een alive about ten minutes previously by some of her neighbours, when she appeared in her usual health. A few weeks igo the deceased buried a daughter, and ever since had been depressed spirits. An inquest will be held. PETTY SESSIONS. These sessions were held on Thursday last, the pre- siding magistrates being Messrs J. G. W. Bonsall, J. T. Morgan, G. H. Bonsall, Major Bonsall, B. E. Morgan, Capt. Bray, and David Thomas. DRUNK ON THE HIGHWAY. Lewis Tones labourer, Llanbadarn, and Chas. Rees, labourer, Brynymor Farm, Llanbadarn Fawr, were both charged with being drunk on the high- way. The offence was admitted in each case, and defendants were fined 2s 6d, the former with costs. SANITATION. A summons had been issued against Evan Benjamin, Modbury-terrace, Kentish Town, Lon- don, for neglecting to provide proper sanitary ac- commodation at Felin Newydd.—The Clerk read a letter he had received from defendant, stating he had complied with the requirements of the Sanitary Authority.—The case was then adjourned for a month. FURIOUS DRIVING. Isaac Davies, carriage proprietor, Wern,"Talybont, was charged with having furiously driven a brake drawn by two horses on the highway at Llanbadarn on March 5th. Defendant was represented by Mr A. J. Hughes, solicitor, Aberystwyth. Evidence in support of the charge was given by P.C. Davies, who stated that on Monday evening, March 5th, lie was on the Llanbadarn-road when he saw defend- ant coming from the direction of Aberystwyth. He was driving furiously, and although called upon to stop, he continued at the same rate until near Quebec Villa, where he reduced the pace.— Cross-examined by Mr HugliGs, witness admitted that the man made an effort to stop the horses. He was going at the rate of about twelve miles an hour.—Henry Miller, Aberystwyth, gave' evidence to prove that he heard the constable call upon the defend- ant not to go so fast.—For the defence, Seymour Davies, Glanrafon, said lie was on the box of the vehicle, and considered they were not travelling faster than six or eigth miles an hour. He did not take hold of the reins.—Defendant was also sworn, and gave evidence in contradiction of that of the constable.—Ultimately the Bench considered the case proved, and imposed a fine of El and costs. POACHING. D. Francis Williams, farm servant, Peithyll Llanbadarn Fawr, and Fred K. Maile, groom, Llwyngwyn, Llanbadarn Fawr, were charged by Joseph Pratt, gamekeeper, with having trespassed in search of game in the daytime, on Wern Farm, on March 5th. Maile did not answer the summons. Williams, who admitted the offence, was fined 10s. and costs, and a warrant was ordered to be issued for the arrest of Maile. NO LIGHT. A fine of 10s. and costs was imposed on William Powell, Llwyngwyn, Llanbadarn Fawr, for having on the night of March 8th, driven a horse and trap on the highway without a light attached.
BORTH. THE TIDF.S.-The inhabitants of Borth have had a very anxious time of it' indeed, of seeing their little hamlets being swept away by the March and April tides, but no damage was done, and all are thankful that Father Neptune have allowed us to go on with our spring cleaning unmolested. DEATH.—The death took place on Wednesday of Mr John Williams, of Glanywern, at the age of 66. The funeral took place at Penygarn cemetery on Sat- urday. The Revs. J. C. Evans and D. C. Jones offici- ated at the house, and the Revs. J. C. Evans and W. Morgan at the graveside. Mr Williams was a faith- ful member of Libanus C.M. chapel and a deacon from the first. Deceased leaves a widow to mourn her loss. Much sympathy is felt for the family in their sad bereavement.
LLANON. VILLAGE AFFAIRS.—A correspondent writes:— Sir, may I be permitted a small space in your valuable columns to offer some of my remarks con- cerning the affairs of the above vallage which have appeared in some recent issues of your paper. Primarily allow me to congratulate you on your success in securing so many worthy correspondents from this village. I learn, with no small amount of gladness, that your paper gets a hearty reception since the affairs of the village are so ably discussed through the medium of your columns, I may add that the inhabitants are now seldom trekking to Delphi to consult the Oracle. The farmers in the neighbourhood are very displeased at the universal condemnation of the late trotting match as brought forward by one of your correspondents by attribut- ing to it all manner of evils, especially the evil of drink, causing the unfoitunate person to mistake the neck of a bottle for a gate post. We are taken by surprise when we find that men entertain such puritanical tendencies in such an enlightened village like Llanon. I can see no reason why the trotting match should not be revived, and why it should not again prove a success as it did some years ago. As Subscriber has already pointed out, of course we would have to pass by the evils attributed to it, which one of your correspondents tried most unsuccessfully to picture before our eyes. The evils derived from such a gathering are not worse than those derived from other gatherings, such as eisteddfodau, and horse shows, which he is so anxious to substitute for the trotting match. I may prove my case thus. At an eisteddfod the other day some young men partook too strongly of the contents of a bottle, thinking, no doubt, that it was better for their constitution than Adam's ale, but the effect of the liquid raised their spirits to such a pitch as to cause them to display some of their pugilistic abilities. Now could we conscien- tiously blame the revered old Welsh institution for such unseemly conduct ? No, certainly not, but the fault lies at the young men's doon In the words of the poet, Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." Should the feelings of some of your readers be hurt by the announcement of such misdemeanour, let them console themselves with the fact that those who attend such gatherings are to blame. Let us entertain a hope in future that" they that use this world, as not abusing it." We have already been informed that the members of the trotting-match Committee have distributed the late funds among themselves, each member receiving 16s. 8d. as his share. Now we may question the right of the committee to appropriate public subscriptions for their own means and ends. Every reasonable person will agree with me that when a subscription has been raised it ought to be used for the object forwhich it was collected. Would you deem it right for the Lord Mayor of London, for instance, to use the funds that are being raised towards supporting the families of our brave soldiers who are fighting in South Africa, for some other object than that for which they were collected ? Perhaps some of the members would immediately ask What else could we have done with the money ? In my opinion that problem needs but little consideration f the money was no longer required for that, why not apply it for some good to the locality ? so that the public who have contributed to the fund might derive some benefit. It is not unlikely too that the subscriptions raised for the brass band have rolled to the same bags, or if they have not done so ere this they will not be long before they follow suit. Let us hope that the members will soon again assemble and reconsider the matter. An eisteddfod would undoubtedly be most bene- ficial to the place, and in addition to this, we would like to see more done in the way of public amusement- during the summer months, which would be a means of attracting visitors to the place, and when anything is started let not the L- charm of novelty immediately wear off. I have the honour to sign myself.—ANOTHER VILLAGER."
ABERAYRON. i There is all item of interest to our Aberavron readers under" From the Banks of the Dovey this week. frooTHAi.L.—The last match of the season took place on Thursday between the Town and County School, nnd ended in a defeat of the school team. The result being 7 goals to 2. WEDDING.—At Cardiff on Thursday a marriage was solemnised between Captain John Rees, Market- street, and Miss Mary Lewis, Cambrian House. The bride was given away by Mr D. Evans, draper, Car- diff. Capt. Jones, Penybont, attended the bridegroom as his bestman. The bride and bridegroom were the recipients of a large number of presents. OUR LANES.—Some of our back lanes are very much like the abandoned trenches of the Boers. If you take a quiet walk through some of our back streets you might imagine you are going through a deserted laager. The only difference is that the endless rubbish of tins in our streets show signs of a somewhat more luxurious life that is said to be enjoyed by the Boers. POOR RATES.—Anne Felix, and Margaret Lloyd, both of Llanon, were charged by John Evans, assist- ant overseer, at the Petty Sessions, with refusing to pay poor and other rates. A distress warrant was ordered to be issued against both unless payment would be made in the meantime. SUCCESS.—We are glad to record the success of Mr David Llovd, Aeron Hall, who obtained his Master Mariner's certificate at the recent Board of Trade examination held in London..Among the successful candidates at the Queen's scholarship examination we are pleased to find that Miss Mary Green Jones occupies an honourable position in the first class, Mr David Evans in the second class, and Miss Bella Jones in the third class. The three were coached for the examination by Mr Davies, head master of the British School. TABERNACLE BAND OF HOPE.-The popularity enjoyed by the Tabernacle Juvenile Choir was amply demonstrated at the Grand Entertainment given at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday evening, the 29th ult. The room was overcrowded, while a great number failed to get admittance. In every sense the Entertainment was a great success, thanks to the untiring efforts of Mrs. Evans, The Workhouse; Mrs. J. Thickens, Miss Eleanor Jenkins, North Road Misses Mary Anne and J. C. Jones, Belle Vue Terrace; Misses Jennie and Lrretta Rees, Louisa House; Miss Anne Jones, Panteg; and Miss Evans, lanthe. Miss Gretta Rees acted as accompanist to the choir, and Mrs. Thickens accompanied the solos, duetts, and action songs. The following was the programme gone through :—Chorus, Home, beautiful home," the Choir; adroddiad, Croesaw," Hannah Moore Jones; adroddiad, "Robin Goch," Brangwyn Davies; adroddiad, "Robin Goch," William Harris Evans adroddiad, Dwylaw," Eiddwen Thickens recitation, How many buttons Betty Evans, Workhouse; unawd, Deigryn ar fedd fy Mam," Elizabeth Davies, Castle Green: recitation, Go to Jesus," Albert Evans, Milford House; adroddiad, Dim ond dwri mi," Anne Mary Jones. Market-st.; adroddiad, Gwaith yr ysgol," Rhys Jones, Taber- nacle-street; adroddiad, "Jane a'i dwy ddol," Lizzie Ellen Jones, Market-st; chorus, Plant bach anwyl," the Choir; adroddiad, "Ar ryw foreu," D. Charles Lloyd, Pengarreg adroddiad, Meg a'r gath fach," Lizzie Ellen James, Chalybeate-street; adroddiad. "Dydd Nadolig," James W. Lewis, Neptune-place; dadl, "Rhanu'r deisen," Lizzie Jones, i iie Ellen Davies, and Hamilton Evans; adro(ldi, Shon y Fotty," Albert Lewis, Welling- ton-stre. < song, Come birdie, come," Anne Ellen Davies, iarket-street; adroddiad, "Jim bach," J. Samuel Davies; adroddiad, Fy anwyl pussy,' Albert Lewis; adroddiad, Tom, Bob, a Billy," Ivan Hedwidge Evans, Aeron Queen action song, Twelve little mothers," Aerona Jones, Eliza Maria Davies, Anne Mary Jones, Lizzie Ellen James and Diana James, Hannah Moore Jones, Maggie Davies, Gwladys Davies, Jane Elizabeth Davies, Lizzie Jones, Marion Evans, and Lizzie Davies— each "little mother" carried a doll-baby daintily dressed in long robes and white caps; Adroddiad, "0 Dafydd, Ymattal," Betty Evans; chorus, "'Be glad in the Lord the choir Adrodd- iad, Fy Nghoron i," Marion Evans; Pianoforte duett. Sleigh Bells," Alice Grace-Jones and Margaret Jane Jones Darlleniacl, "Hares Toddedig," John Daniel Lewis; recitation, Badly Cooked Dinner Lizzie Bentley; character sketch Crossing Sweeper, Joe," Loyalty Williams, who appeared on the platform in tattered clothes, bare feet, and with broom in hand; John Daniel Lewis took part in the dialogne, and Lizzie Jones taking the part of the Little girl in gaiters," supplied Joe with hot 'taters (encored). Dadl," Y Ddwy Fam," Martha E. Lloyd, Margaret. Jane Jones, D. T. Lloyd and Albert Lewis; song, Cheery Tommy." Hamilton Evans; action song, The Sailors," John Daniel Lewis (captain), Loyalty Williams, Evan Jones, J. Lima Jones, Albert Lewis, Hamilton Evans, D. Thomas Lloyd, and W. George Lloyd; recitation, The Victim," Olive Mary Jones; Deuawd, "O Dere i'r Goedwig," Nellie Jones" and Lizzie Davies (encored); action song, "The'Tall Top Hat John Daniel Lewis, Loyalty Williams, Stanley Howell, Ceredig Rees, John Lima Jones, Hamilton Evans and Garfield Davies, each of the seven young gentlemen came to the platform, with a silk hat, eye glasses, kid gloves and a walking stick (encored); Gipsy Chorus, "Raise the Tambourine," Alice G. Jones, Margaret Jane Jones, Rachel Mary Jones, Nellie Jones, Martha Ellen Lloyd, Lizzie Jones, Magdalen Mary James, Elizabeth Jones, Jane Davies, Lizzie Bentley, Anne Ellen Davies, and Elizabeth Davies. Each girl was dressed as a gipsy, with a tambourine trimmed with bells and ribbons. Many a grand- mother's or a great-grandmother's shawl was brought into use on the occasion. After responding to encore, the gipsies struck off -1 Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," which brought a most pleasant entertain- ment to a close. The minister wishes to convey his best thanks to the Ladies' Committee of the Literary Society for decorations.
LAMPETER. SCHOOL BOARD. A special meeting of the Board with Rev. Evan Evans in the chair, was held on the 28th ultimo to consider the new Education Code. The Clerk, Mr. T. Lloyd submitted a statement showing the financial effect of the changes, with a comparison of the proposed" block" grant for England and Wales with the present grants, and also with the Scotch block grant. The Clerk said he thought no one could object to the principle of the "block grant since it seemed a simple and clear assessment of grant, and it was also right that every school should receive a suffi- cient income to ensure efficiency; but the chief objections to the new Code in its present form were, that efficient schools will incur financial loss, and that there will be no longer any marked distinction possible to encourage efficiency and enterprise on the part of managers so that the whole of the pub- lic elementary school system would be reduced to a dead level. In 1882, Mr. M mdella had issued a circular to Welsh Boards urging them to establish Higher-Grade Schools, and ever since then the Education Department had in every way en- couracrcd Boards in that direction. It therefore seemed a great breach of faith on the part of the Department to seek to destroy these schools which nave been established with great success. The chairman asked how far the Board would be affected financially. The Clerk replied that the effect would not mean a very serious immediate loss, but in view of the extension which was being made in the teaching of specific subjects in their schools the loss would increase under a continuation of the code in its present form. The following resolution was unanimously adopted That this School Board whilst it approves of the complete introduction into the Education Department's Code for day schools in England and Wales, of that feature in the Scotch code, known as the "block" grant (1) Is of opinion that it should not be introduced in a partial manner calculated to offer but little encourage- ment for efficiency. (2) Considers that the small variations in the amounts of the "block" grants proposed in the code do not properly provide for that differentiation of award between efficient and inefficient schools which appears to be desirable for the effective stimulation of local educational effort. (3) And most earnestly urges that its introduction should be accompanied by that carefully devised provision of a graduated scale of grants for main- c taining, encouraging and increasing the Higher Primary Schools, which is such an important prin- ciple of the Scotch code, and without which the "block" grant must tend to reduce the whole public elementary school system of England and Wales to a dead level." The Clerk was directed to send a copy of the foregoing resolution to the president and vice- president of the Council of Education, to Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P.. with a request that he should do what he could in support of the resolu- tion, and the Secretary of the Federation of Welsh School Boards. PETTY SESSIONS. These Sessions were held at the Town Hall on Friday the 30th ultimo, before Messrs T. H. R. Hughes, D. Tivy Jones (mayor), Wilmot Inglis Jones, Lewis Davies, and David Davies. SCHOOL BOARD CASES. Evan Evans, of Pentrelan Llanfairclydogau; Mary Morgans, of Cnwcsych Evan Lloyd, of Penrhiw; John Davies, of Penbryn and Eleanor Morgans, of Lluast, all in the said parish of Llanfairclydogau were sum- moned by the School Board of that parish with neglecting to send their children to school.— The School Attendance Officer Mr. John Williams of Llwyngog, appeared to prove the cases. He however did not produce a signed certificate from the schoolmaster as to the attendances of the children, and did not seem prepared to go on with the cases.—The defendants in reply to the charge pleaded illness and infectious skin disease on the head, as an excuse for not obeying the bye-laws. The cases were all dismissed.—Richard Pugli, of Maesyfforest, Llangybi, farmer, was summoned by the Llangybi School Board for neglecting to send his child named David John Pugh to school. Mr. Edward J. Davies, the clerk and attendance officer produced a certificate as to the non-attendance of the boy. He stated that defendant had been warned on more than one occasion. Mr. Daniel Watkins, solicitor, who appeared for defendant objected to the summons on the ground that the certificate of non-attendance:and authority to prose- cute was dated before the day on which the offence was alleged to be committed.—The Clerk in reply to the Bench said the objection must be fatal to the summons. The case was dismissed. Thomas Jones, of Cilgwyn Cottage, Gamekeeper, was also summoned by the same authority for neglecting to send his children Kate, Jane, and David to school. Mr. Daniel Watkins appeared for the defendants. The clerk and school attendance officer produced a certificate as to the non-attend- ance of the defendant's child David. Mr. Watkins objected to the Justices adjudicating, on the ground that the complainant did not produce any authority from the School Board to prosecute. The Mayor said he would be inclined to risk the over-ruling of the objection and hear the case. Mr. Watkins said they must hear their Clerk's ruling on the point. The Mayor thought it was a highly technical objection. The Clerk said it was a technical objection, but if Mr. Watkins pressed it it must stand. The case was then dismissed.— Mary Jones, of Caeglas, Lampeter, was summoned by the Lampeter School Board for. neglecting to send her boy William Henry to school. Mr. Thomas Lloyd* solicitor, and clerk to the Board appeared to prosecute. He said the defendant had defied the Board to compel her to send the boy to school. The boy was not exempt from attending school, and was employed by tradesmen in the town. The defendant said she could not keep the boy in school on account of poverty. The Clerk said if that was the case she should apply to the Board of Guardians for assistance. Mr. Thomas Lloyd said that when she appeared before the Attendance Committee of the School Board, she was given the same advice as the Clerk now gave. The Board asked that a penalty should be enforced in order that the boy might be made to attend school.—The case was adjourned to the next meeting. The defendant promising to send the boy to school. DRUNKENNESS.—Evan Evans, of Victoria-terrace, Lampeter, mason, was summoned by D.C.C. Williams for being drunk and disorderly on the 10th ultimo.—Defendant admitted the offence and added that he had spent many sleepless nights over the beleaguered troops in Ladysmith, and when he heard of the relief of the garrison, he could not help making a little booze (laughter in court).—Fined 2s 6d including costs. KEEPING HOUSE OPEN.—Ann Jones, of Cefn- hafod Inn, Llanwenog, was summoned by D.C.C. Williams for keeping a licensed house open after closing time on the 9th ultimo.—Mr Daniel Watkins appeared for, the defence.—P.C. David Edwards stated that about 10.55 p.m: on the 9th instant he saw one door of Cefnhafod House open, went in, and saw four men in the kitchen. One John Jones was sitting in a chair by the fire with a blue measure on the hob by his side. The other three were standing and there were several pints and glasses on the table empty, but with traces of drink in them. Defendant was also there.—John Jones said he had not been in the house for more than fifteen minutes. That he was on his way home from the Llanarth Ploughing Match. The four persons afterwards went out. Defendant afterwards said to witness, You have been watch- ing me for a long time. Now you have caught us. you are glad." John Jones resides about half a mile from defendant's house. When she was served with the summons she told witness It would not be much for you to give me a caution, but now that I have been summoned I will do my best to fight it out. For the defence defendant stated that John Jones who livjd at Crugymaen 11 y called at her house at 8-30 in the morning of the 9th ult on his way to the Llanarth Ploughing Match. She asked him to bring her two bottles of gin from her sister at Llanarth and gave him a basket to carry them. He returned at a quarter to eleven that night with the message, and defendant gave him half a pint of beer- The door which had been closed at 10 p.m., was open at the time. Two others came in but had no drink. She did not mention to P.C. Edwards anything about the message from Llanarth.—John Jones surmorted t,), evidence of the defendant, and denied having offered P.C. Edwards 10s to compromise the case. -Evan Evans, servant at Clymiherin, who was one of the three found in the house also gave evidence for the defence.—Defendant was fined 5s and costs- LICENSING OFFENCES.—John Jones, of Ram, Pencarreg, labourer, was summoned for being drunk on the licensed premises of the Royal Oak Hotel, Lampetar, on the 18th ultimo. James Lewis of Parkyrhos, Pencarreg, roadman, was sum- moned for being on the same date at the Royal Oak Hotel, after closing time, and David Price Davies, the landlord of the Royal Oak Hotel was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his premises on the date mentioned.—The cases were called together.—Defendants Jenkins and Davies denied the offence for which each had been charged, and James Lewis adinitt e(-I.-D. c.C. Will iains ap- plied to have the cases adjourned on account of the absence of a material witness for the prosecu- tion.-The cases were thereupon adjourned.
LLANWNEN. TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.—On Tuesday after- noon, the 27th ult., Mr and Mrs Hughes of Neuadd- fawr invited the school children and also the mem- bers of the Sunday school to an excellent treat of tea, cake, etc., which was prepared at the Red Lion Inn. The children mustered in good numbers, and did ample justice to the good things provided After tea was over, the children retired to an ad- joining field, where they indulged in various games and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The children afterwards assembled in front of the Red Lion where each child was presented with a nice bun by Mrs Hughes. In the evening an entertainment under the presidency of Mr Hughes, was held at the schoolroom, which was filled to overflowing. Ihe most attractive, and certainly the most ap- preciated part was taken by the school children, who had been trained for the occasion by Mr Jones the schoolmaster. Miss Cicely Bankes Price acted as accompanist and rendered every help possible to ensure the success of the concert. The follow- ing was the programme Part 1. chorus, 0 haste* from the busy town," the School Children recita- tions, Greeting to Mrs Hughes," Owen Davies, I zrl Eddie Davies, Ben John Jones, Johnny Thomas! and Evie Williams; dialogue, Het Jones, and David Williams; solo, "Nans o'r Glyn." Mr T. J. Jones; rcitations, Let Williams, Eddie Davies, and David Jones; trio, Fair Flora Decks," Messrs D. Parry, John Evans, and T. J. Jones; dialogne, Lizzie Jones and Co.; solo, Mercli y Melinydd," Miss Bessie^ Davies recitations, Jolin Jones, an'd Ewart Davies; solo (penillion), Mrs Evans Red Lion; dialogue, Y Bechgyn ar Yssol"; solo and chorus, Mae'r Ceiliog wedi Cann," John Jones and School Children recitations, Dan Jones and A. Evans solo, Cymro Pur," Mr J), B. Williams; dialogue, Misses S. Richards, and H. Evans; duett) The Gipsy Countess," Mrs Evans, and Mr T. Jones; chorus; •• Ihe foot Traveller," the school children quartette I Gwaiiwyii,'iNIr. D Jenkins and Party; dialogue, Lizzie illiams and Sarah Jones; male voice Parly, "Mytanwy," recitations, Ben. Lewis and Owen Davies; solo and chorus, The Merry Workers," nine school children recitation and song, by the Infants solo (penillion), Mr. T. J. Jones recitations, Mary Thomas and Eddie Davies Im- promptu speech (1) David Thomas (2) John Wil- liams duett Where are you going my pretty maid Ewart Davies and Mary Jane Thomas solo -1 Bugail Hafod y Cwm," Mr. D. B. Williams; action song, by school children. Part II—male voice Party, Y Tylwyth Teg," recitations, David Wil- liams and Lizzie Jones dialogue, Owen Davies and Mary Thomas: trio, Dame Durclen,, Messrs, D. Jenkins, John Evans and T. J. Jones; recitations, Tom Thomas and Lizzie Jones Three Old Maids of Lee"—Solo by Miss Bessie Davies; dialogue, Y Ddwy Forwyn," Misses S. Richahds and H. Evans action song, Yr k i hw r' solo by Ewart Davies quartette, Mr. D. Jenkins and Party; recita tions, Mary A. Richards and Ben John Jones; solo and chorus, Aunt Eliza Ewart Davies and school children dialogue, James Davies and Lizzie Jones solo, Ar Lanau'r Teifi," Mary Jane Thomas reci- tation, Johnny Thomas; Trio, "The Ticklers" Messrs. John Evans, David Parry, and T. J. Jones: dialogue, Y Teulu Anrhefnus chorus, The Nigger Boys,ten school boys solo, Pwy sydd eisieu Papyr Newydd," Mr. T. Jno. Jones; recitation, "Good Night," by nine school children male voice Party Dewrion Feibion Gwalia." In the interva Rev. D. Morris, Vicar, passed a vote of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Hughes for their excellent treat, to which Mr. Hughes briefly responded. A very en- joyable meeting, which lasted fully four hours, was brought to a close by singing Hen wlad fy Nhadau." MB
London Letter. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. I London, Wednesday Afternoon. REV. ABRAHAM ROBERTS. A touching memorial service was held last Thursday night at Charing Cross Chapel in memory of the Rev. Abraham Roberts, the late pastor of the Chapel. A very large congregation had assembled and listened with mournful interest to the tokens of respect which the several speakers paid to the memory of Mr. Roberts. This was especially so in the case of Mr Richard Williams, who, with Mynorydd, has been a deacon of the chapel ever since its foundation fifty years ago. Mr Roberts had been in London for nearly seven years, his previous pastorates being at Liverpool, Swansea, and Ponterwyd. He was gifted with some remarkable qualities as a preacher, and his strong commonsense view of life made his ministrations acceptable to many who had almost lost their hold of early religious associations. But he was not a great preacher, though nature had been liberal in her external gifts to him. His deep and sonorous voice and his fine presence made him popular as a preacher, and his easy, kindly nature made him equally popular as a man. In London, he will be much missed, especially in his own chapel where he had earned the complete confidence of the young men and women, of whom the congregation t5 is mostly composed. WELSH MEETINGS. On Saturday last, the annual meeting of the Union of Welsh debating and literary societies was held under the presidency of Mr William Jones, M.P., at the Gothic Hall, Oxford-street. Amongst the speakers were Canon Wilberforce, the chaplain of the House of Commons, and Mr Spencer Leigh Hughes-" S.L.H." of the Morning Leader. Canon Wilberforce spoke with remarkable eloquence for about twenty minutes, and paid innumerable compliments to the Welsh people, especially praising them for their stand on temperance principles, and then drifting off into an address on temperance. Mr Spencer, Leigh Hughes, who was intro- duced by Mr Jones as 'one of the few genuine humourists on the English Press,' made a witty speech, and mentioned inciden- tally that he was the son of a Welsh Wesleyan minister. In proposing a vote of thanks to Mr William Jones for presiding, the Rev Crowle Ellis, vicar of St. Benet's, with the greatest earnestness praised the work Mr Jones had done for the society during the course of the year. It is curious how little one sees in London of the sectarianism which is declared to be rampant in Wales. THE CYMRU FYDD SOCIETY. The Cymru Fydd Society having given an excellent dinner on St. David's Day appears to have exhausted itself for the lecture to be given by Mr. Llewelyn Williams on the Welsh Land Question has been indefinitely postponed. There is a considerable differ- ence I am told between the views of the supporters of Land Reform in Wales as to the legislation required. Some of the Welsh members are said to be converts to the theory of Land Nationalization, a theory which is never likely to be popular in Wales, and never likely to be realised in fact. Others would tamper as little as possible with existing machinery, and earry out immediately the reforms which the minority of the Welsh Land Commission suggested. Perhaps no question creates such an interest amongst Welsh people here as the Land Question, because the majority of them hail from Merioneth, Cardigan, and other agricultural counties. BALA COLLEGE. Everybody I meet in the Welsh world here is interested in the future of Bala College. The attempt of Principal Edwards to make the college undenominational has been recalled by the sad news of his death; and it is freely canvassed whether the college in its present form is likely to succeed. I believe that all Welshmen, irrespective of geographical extraction, would welcome a joint college, i.e., an amalgamation between Bala and Trevecca. It is pointed out that Principal Prys is the only minister in the Calvinistic Methodist Connexion who has the two qualities most essential to a successful headship. He is a man of the highest academical distinction, and he is also full of genuine enthusiasm for his work. I suppose South Wales Methodists would never willingly loose their hold of Principal Prys, and it would be a dangerous policy for North Wales to entice him to Bala, without the consent of South Wales. It is also suggested that some working arrangement could be agreed upon, such as that Bala College, as it is the more suited, should be turned into a preparatory school or college, and Trevecca become a strictly Theological College. Professor Ellis Edwards might then be Principal of Bala, and Professor Hugh Williams take a chair at Trevecca. Mr. Young Evans and Mr. G. P. Williams might go to Bala, while Mr. Stevenson would migrate to Trevecca. This is an arrangement that the South Wales Associa- tion would probably agree to without demur, but it is rather a large tax on the unselfish- ness of North Wales. THE WAR. The Boers appear to be having their turn once more in South Africa, and a lesson has been given to those people who have been busily predicting a walk-over to Pretoria. The loss of seven guns does not of course cripple the English army, and their need will probably not be felt. Curiously enough none of the usual excuses can in this case be made use of, as Colonel Broadwood had sent his scouts out to reconnoitre the ground, and appear to have done everything, and taken every precaution an English officer is presumed to do or take. The losses from sickness, especially fever, are exceptionally large, and are growing daily.
TALYBONT. SCHOLASTIC.—Among the candidates who have been successful at the Queen's Scholarship Examination, held last December, appears the name otKatcDavica, a pupil teacher at the Board School in this village- She has secured a position in the first division, and will enter Swansea Training College next September.
BARMOUTH. AUCTIO-, FEILIN(;T) ic old-established firm of Messrs. Daniel Son and Meredith, auctioneers, of Towyn and Aberystwyth, have now opened offices at this place, and we understand that a representative of the lirm will henceforth be in daily attendance. FURNITURE SALES.—On Wednesday last, Messrs. Daniel Son and Meredith, Auctioneers, of Towyn and- Aberystwyth, held a verv successful sale of House- hold Furniture at No. 1," Moss hank. The sale was numerously attended by a good class of buyers and excellent prices were obtained.—On Tuesday next the 10th inst., Messrs. Daniel Son and Meredith will dispose of Household Furniture at -No. 3, Glauaber Villas. ENGLISH SERVICES. On Sunday the C.M.- denomination commenced holding English services at Fair bourne, Friog. The ltev NViii. Williams, Bala,. officiated, and there was a number of the inhabi- tants of the neighbourhood present. Some members of Caersalem Chapel, Barmouth, gave their assist- ance, and the cause is to be congratulated for pro- viding these services for the benefit of the English. residents. The owners of the property have given gratuitously the use of the Assembly Room for this purpose. CALVINISTIC METHODISTS. On Wednesday evening, at Caersalem C.M. chapel, the Rev. R. J. Williams, Bowydd, Blaenau Festiniog, preached a sermon, at the close of which lie explained the object the cause had in view for raising the £ 100,000, and exhorted those present to subscriber towards the fund. On Thursday Mr Williams, in company with some of the deacons, called upon several of the membeis of the three C.M. chapels. His appeal, it seems, has been well responded to. The West Merioneth Monthly Meeting have ap- pointed several of their ministers to lay this matter before the Churches the promises are all expected to be paid in the course of twenty months. EISTEDDFOD.—At a concert and competitive meeting held on Thursday evening, March 29th, at Eglwysfach, near Aberystwyth, Mr Ellis Morris Evans, of the Post Office, won a silver cup for the best challenge solo. Sixteen competed for the prize. This is the third prize this young soloist has won this year. Mr D. W. Lewis, Brynaman, who was one of the adjudicators, said in the course of his address that Evans possessed a voice which should, if cultivated, win for him a fortune if he devoted his time and talent to the profession. Since he heard him last at Corns six weeks ago, he had greatly improved. He then came out second out of a large number of old competitors. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR.—Last year several branches of the Christian Endeavour Society were established here amongst the various denomina- tions, and all were at the start rather popular. It wasexpected they would increase in popularity, and would act as feeders to the churches, but it now seems that the weekly meetings are becoming less popular. Imported English modes of pro- cedure do not seem to thrive well in our native soil. Wales has its peculiarities, and they are very marked, especially in religious matters, and before anything takes well and gets deeply rooted, and gains a permanency amongst us, it must be some- thing which appeals to the conscience. ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.—On Tuesday evening the sacred cantata "A day with our Lord" was given in the above church bN- .a choir of 40 voices from the various churches in the town. Dr. Charles Williams, Hengwm, presided, and there was a large attendance. The solo work consisted of solos for soprano, contralto, tenor and bass, which were taken by Miss Sarah Parry, Miss M. Williams, Mrs W. H. Lloyd, Miss Jenny Jones, Mr W. H. Lloyd, Mr J. W. Roberts, and Mr Ellis M. Evans (tenor). During the service Mrs George Evans, Oswestry, gave a most beautiful rendering of "The Good Shepherd (Barri) with pianoforte and organ accompaniment; and Mr Ellis M. Evans sang "The Song of Paradise" in splendid style. The choruses of the cantata were rendered very well indeed, especially "0 happy, happy they," "Praise ye the Lord, and "God is our refuge and strength." The men's chorus, "Joy, shipmate, joy," was also a great success. At the close of the service, Mr II. B. Button, who conducted, referred to the invaluable assistance of the friends from other churches, and said that without their help- it would have been impossible to have given the cantata. He thanked them all very cordially, and said that personally he would be very glad to re- ciprocate their kind help. The Rev Z. Mather also thanked the ladies and gentlemen referred to, and said he hoped it would be possible to repeat the cantata in the summer. He then pro- posed a hearty vote of thanks to Dr Charles Williams for presiding, which was seconded by Mr Oswald Davies. Dr Williams, in reply, said he had had a great musical treat, and he also referred to the musical talent which exists in Barmouth. Miss A. M. Sainsbury and Mr Joseph Thomas ably presided at tho pianoforte and organ respectively. The pro- ceeds were in aid of the building fund. Programme t chorus, "In the beginning was the Word soprano solo and quartette, "Come unto Me," Miss Sarah Parry, Mrs. W. H. Lloyd, Mr. E. Davies, Mr. W. H. Lloyd; chorus, "Chappy, happy they;" contralto solo and chorus, "Hark, brethren, hark," Miss Jenny Jones tenor solo and chorus, But when He saw the multitude," Mr. Ellis M. Evans; bass solo and chorus, Day after day," Mr. J. W. Roberts; chorus, "Hark, the glad sound; tenor solo and chorus, "0 brothers, rejoice," Mr. Ellis M. Evans; tenor solo, quartette and chorus, "O take my hand," Mr. Ellis M. Evans, Miss L. T. Evans. Mrs. W. M. Lloyd, Mr. E. Humphreys; chorus, Praise ye the Lord contralto solo and chorus, Mrs. \V. M. Lloyd; chorus, Labour not for the meat which perisheth;" solo (soprano), Quartette and Chorus, "When Israel out of Egypt came," Miss Sarah Parry, Mrs. W. H. Lloyd Mr. W. Humphreys, Mr. E. Humphreys; chorus, Go your way up and tell solo (bass) and chorus, "Brothers come no longer stay," Mr. W. H. Lloyd; quartette, and chorus, "The foxes have their resting place," Miss Sarah Parry, Mrs. W. H. Lloyd, Mr. W. Humphreys, Mr. J. W. Roberts chorus (male voices), "Joy, shipmate joy;" solo (soprano) quartette and chorus, Until the last watch of the night," Miss M. Williams, Mrs. W. H. Lloyd, Mr. W. Humphreys, Mr. J. W. Roberts; chorus, Let not your heart be troubled; solo (bass) and chorus, Simon, his Lord beheld," Mr. J. W. Roberts; trio, "When Jesus wills," Miss W. Parry, Miss L. T. Evans, Mrs. W. H. Lloyd; chorus, "God is our refuge. URBAN COUNCIL ELECTION. On Saturday last the election of four members to the Urban District Council took place. The poll was taken at the Board School, the returning officers being Mr. Wm. George (clerk) and Ir. O. Jones (assistant clerk). The majority of the electors recorded their votes, and the result was as follows:- ELECTED. Evan Jones, 2, Marine-parade 214 *William Owen, Talydon 205 B. J. Allsop, Corsygedol Hotel 196 Tom Abraham, Belle Vue 194 NON-ELECTED. *Hugh Evans, 2, Porkington-terrace 191 Denotes old member.
NEW SEEDS!! HADAU XEWYDD: I EP. TAYLOR begs to inform his numerous • customers that he has received his annual stock of garden and field seed of the best pos- sible quality. Early potatoes of various kinds; best early, and Marrow; Fat Peas, and all other seeds. E. P. TAYLOR, Fruiterer, Greengrocer, and Radnor House, Game Dealer. Terrace-rd., Aberystwyth. INDIAN FAMINE FUND. THE Mayor of Aberystwyth, at the request of the Lord Mayor of London, invites subscrip- tions to the fund being raised for the relief of the sufferers by the present appalling famine in India. Donations are earnestly solicited, and may be paid to any of the banks in the town, or to me direct. C. M. WILLIAMS, MAYOR. Aberystwyt th March, 1900.
Birtbst Carriages and Deaths. BIRTHS. PARRY. March 23rd, at Hendre Hall, Llwyngwril. the wife of Mr. Ellis Parry of a son. ° MARRIAGES. LJtwIs-JAMEs-March 30th, by licence at Penllwyrr Chapel, Melindre, by the Rev D. Morgan, in the pre sence of the Rev W Jones, Mr John Pugh Lewis Llwyniorweithuchaf, to Ifigg Mary James Aber- cwmdole. DEATHS. KENWARD.- March 29th, Thomas Kenward, com- positor, Tretechan, Aberystwyth, aged 67 years. CHANDLER.—March 29th, Clara, wife of William Wright Chandler, Little Darkgate-street, aged 65- years. JO:"E8. -March'25th, at 16. Marine-terrace. Margaretta, widow of Rev. Edward Jones, Vicar, Mealein'i, Pembrokeshire, aged 45 vears. i WILLIAMS.—March 31st, at Manchester, Margaret Williams, widow of the late Captain Williams, Borth. Printed and Published by the Proprietor. GKORGE HEES, at the W ELSH GAZETTH" P-interies, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in rtie County oz Cardigan, Thursday, April 5th, 1900.
TREGARON. MONTHLY MARKET.—The field was well filled on Tuesday with cattle of all description, prices were good and there was a decided improvement on previous markets. A large number of dealers at- tended from various parts of England and Wales. Over 40 truckloads were sent away. COUNTY SCHOOL.—Mr Thomas, of Berkhamp- stead, a well-known visitor to the town, has pre- sented the County School with a very fine lot of young trees," evergreen shrubs, and climbers, for the decoration of the grounds. Among these are twenty limes in the pink of condition; and the variety of the whole may be judged from the following names :—Cypressus Lawsoniana lutea, C. Frazerii, Irish and Golden Yews, Thujopsis Borealis Acuba variegata, Ampelopsis Veitchii, Irish and variegated ivy etc. Each of the Governors, and each member of the Staff has planted one of these, and others who have performed the same function are Mr Morgan Morgans (Workhouse), Mr Jenkin Lloyd (Pant Llanddewi). Miss Sally Davies (Bryn- hyfiyd), Miss Alma Evans (Werna), Miss Jennie Jones (Ffos), and the Misses Daisy and Hilda Waterhouse (Bryn Teifi). The improvement in the appearance of the school surroundings is very marked, and will doubtless be still marc so in the summer. Some of the evergreens seem to have been grown in order to show what perfection of beauty such plants can attain and Mr Thomas de- serves the heartiest thanks of school and town for his kindly and thoughtful gift. READING ROOM.—A full committee meeting was held at Bryn Teifi, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the 28th ultimo. The Rev. D. M. Davies (vicar), took the chair, Mr Thomas Jones (post office), hon. treasurer, presented the accounts, showing an ad- verse balmce of about E18. This has been some- times accumulating and sometimes decreasing for many years past. The Committee revived the negotiations with the Lampeter Negro Minstrel troupe, and agreed to offer them Friday, May 11th, as a suitable date. The matter was placed in the hands of the Vicar as regards communicating with the performers, and in those of Mr Thomas (Board School), and Mr Waterhouse (Bryn Teifi), as regards local arrangements, the latter gentleman being unanimously elected chairman for the night. Popular prices were adopted for the tickets, and it is hoped to largely diminish the debt thereby. In further business the Committee ordered that no papers or periodicals be removed from the Reading Room as formerly, on account of the irregularities sure to arise on such a system; but extended the Society's hospitality to any strangers in the town staying under the roof of a subscriber. The collec- tion of subscriptions for the current quarter is satis- factory and with these constant efforts supporters of a worthy cause may soon find it strong enough to stand on its own legs. Dwellers in Tregaron are again reminded of the Committee's order«to return all borrowed books to the hon. librarian, Mr Waterhouse.