EARI.Y MUSHROOMS.—This week two fine mush- rooms, which scaled over I-tb. in weight, were gathered in the open, in a field off Llanbadarn-road. THE VICARAGE and glebe land of St. Michael's Parish Church will be shorllv offered lor hale by public auction. AN INTERESTING ENTERTAINMENT will be given on Tuesday evening next by the members of the English Congregational Church Band of Hope. WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION.—A meeting of this Association was held on Friday afternoon last at the Rooms. Pier-street, under the presidency of Mrs. E. H. James. An able paper on -1 Technical Education was read by Mrs. Jessy Williams, and an interesting discussion followed, in which the President, Mrs. Williams (Queen's-road), and Mrs. James took part. Resolutions were passed in favour of the Intermediate (English) Scheme), Disestablishment, and Women's Suffrage. SCIENTIFIC.—We are glad to find that Mr. J. D. Jones, pharmaceutical chemist, Bedford, has been elected Fellow of the Biological Chemistry Society, and has also been awarded the Society's medal in recognition of the service rendered by him to the cause of science. The Society is an international association devoted to research work. He has been previously elected Fellow of the society of science, letters and art, London. Mr. Jones is a native of Cardigan, and is a son of Mr. T. Jones, now police constable at Llechryd, but formerly of our local police force. Ir. Jones is an old pupil of Mr. D. Samuel, the Countv School. ST. PAUL'S DEBATING SOCIETY. A social evening was held at St. Paul's Wesleyan Chapel on Thursday evening last, being the termination of ttle series of meetings held during the winter months in connection with the Debating Society. The Rev. D. Morgan, pastor, occupied the chair. An excellent tea was provided, after which an enjoyable programme of vocal and instrumental music, etc., was gone through. An harmonium solo was given by Miss Maria Doughton, solo and chorus by Mr. Thomas Jenkins and party, grama- phone selections by Mr. David Davies, reading by Mr. W. H. Jones, and songs by Miss S. A. Cowley, Miss E. J. Warrington, Miss Polly Richards, Mr. G. Hadyn Jones, and Mr. J. Hughes. The usual votes of thanks were accorded at the close. I-, FIRMARY.-The House Committee met at the Infirmary on Thursday last, when the following members were present :-Captain Cosens (chair- man), Mr J. D. Perrott, Alderman C. M. Williams (Mayor), Mr William Thomas, Mrs Jessy Williams, Mr W. H. Colby, Mr D. Thomas, Rev. T. A. Penry, Rev. Thomas Levi, and Dr A. H. James (secretary). The Rev. T. A. Penry proposed that the Committee become life members of the Clinical Research Association. Mr J. D. Perrott seconded, and it was carried unanimously, a resolution being also passed that the Association's subscription of one guinea be paid.—The Rev. Thomas Levi proposed that the dispenser's salary should be increased to £20 per annum. Mr J. D. Perrott seconded, and it was unanimously agreed to, the increase to date from April 1st.—A vote of condolence was passed with Alderman Peter Jones and his family in their sad bereavement.—The acceptance of the meat contract was postponed for a month, Miss Chandler in the meantime to buy at her own discretion.— The tender of Mr J. Jenkin Jones for the supply of coal was accepted, provided he supplied Chatterley Coxhead at 24s. per ton.—Mr G. Scott's tender for milk at 2^d. per quart was accepted, and that of Mr T. W. Powell for groceries.—The secretary was directed to convey the gratitude of the Committee to the Countess of Lisburne for her continued in- terest in the Infirmary. THE SOI-DISANT CHURCH ORGAN AND LENT. —Here is a cutting from the last issue of a well- known Manchester paper:—Aberystwyth has long been noted for the beauty of its situation, the picturesqueness of its surroundings, and its unrivalled advantages as a health resort, but it is probable that ere long it will have another claim to fame as being the home of one of the funniest newspapers ever printed. In the issue of Thurs- day last of -1 A. 0." there are amongst other good things, some cycling notes, which, unfortunately, contain little germane to the cycle. The writer does, however, mention one run he took on his machine, and remarking that he called at some farmhouses in a certain neighbourhood he specifies, 13aYs: It is only fair to the women-folk to say that they were all pictures of comfort and tidi- ness A little further on he speaks of a conver- sazione to be held on Easter Tuesday, and he hopes Lent will be over by then!" He goes on-we quote verbatim: "Talking about Lent reminds me that I had a very good fast the other day. Hav- ing become somewhat tired of ham and eggs and things of that kind, for breakfast, I decided to have a red herring for a change, and it had a delicious flavour. And for dinner, instead of roast beef or the familiar leg of mutton, I had a filletted sole, nicely-cooked, and some pudding. There was something light and nice for tea also; whilst for supper we had stewed tripe, to which I did justice." There should be a great future before this young man, if he will leave his native land and go where such cycling notes will be move fully appreciated. -The Umpire. ST PAUL'S BAND OF HOPE.-The winter session of the Welsh Wesleyan Band of Hope in connection with St Paul's Church was brought to a close on Wednesday evening by a well attended and popular entertainment. The chair was occupied by the Rev D. Morgan, pastor loci; and Miss Maria Doughton acted as an accompanist, and did her work in a most creditable manner. Much praise is due to Mr David Edwards, Tanycae, the superin- tendent of the Band of Hope, and to Mr J. Hadyn Jones, London House, the music conductor, for organising and carrying out the programme so suc- cessfully, the proceedings lasting fully three hours, and the programme was as follows Chorus, Tuag Adref," the Choir recitation, "Ffrwythau dan y berth," Tommy Jones song, Deio Bach," Maggie Doughton: recitation, "First Journey in the Train." May Morris song, Gentle Jesus," Dilys Parrv recitation, Little Boy Blue," Mary Williams recitation, "Tobacco," R. T. Jones; song. Shepherd of Souls," S. E. Hughes; recitation, Dewch at lesu," C. M. Simon song and chorus, Filwyrlesu," Handel Morris and choir recitation, Rhych yn rudd fy mam," recitation, Sarah a'r Album," Gena Buftleck; song, "Cadw le i mi," Tommy Jones recitation, Gwneyd brawd o Iesu Grist," Lena Jones; recitation, Shon ar tren." John Burbeck; song, "Mvfyrdod yr Unig." E. J. Warrington recitation, "Valentine Hyll," Evan Doughton Tommy Bach ar Canwr," Dotty Bur- beck; song, Maidstone," R. T. Jones; recitation, Llongau Cefadog," recitation, "Wialen Fedw," Bess Owen; cliorti .s,' Gwrando Fi," Choir; recitation, Does genyffrun fam," M. S. Jones song, Owen Glyndwr." E. J. Hughes recitation, Genedigaeth, Marwolaeth, ac Esgyniad Christ." S. J. Junes; duet," Alltud Crwydedig," C. J. Richards and S. E. Hughes competition reading an unpunctuated piece, Gwobr o Lyfr," song, and chorns, -1 Iesu Tirion." Emily Jenkins and choir dialogue, '• Y Dlwv Fam," Jones and party ibong, Heavenly," Pollie Richards recitation, Cartref y Meddwyn." Claudia Hughes; recitation, Learn to say no," Maggie Lewis song, Yr hen Gerddor," M. W. Parry recitation, "Colia fod yn Fachgen da," Alice Jones recitation, Fasgau i'r plant," E. J. Jones song, 0 Aros," C. M. Simon recitation, Cofia myn'd yn Haw fy mam," M. L, Jones recitation. Edgar Bachar mochyn" R. A. Jones recitation, Flowers in the Hospital," F. Bamford chorus, Dos at Iesu," the Choir. PHYSICAL DRILL DISPLAY.—On Friday evening I last the students of this deservedly popular class gave a full assault at arms before a large Company of invited gentlemen in the Town Hall. Amongst those present were his Worship toe .Mayor (Aicier- man C. M. Williams, J.P.), and Alderman Peter Jones, J.P. (chairman of the School Board), Mr J. D. Perrott, J. P. (county treasurer), Mr Howell Evans (Chief Constable of the County), and a posse of police, Dr A. Thomas (Medical Officer of Health), Dr Rowland, and Dr A. Walker; Mr D. Samuel, M.A. (Headmaster of the County School). Mr D. J. Saer (Headmaster of the Board School), Mr George Davis, J.P., Mr D. Lloyd Lewis (Manager of the National and Provinciallall k). Mr T. B. Hall. Pro- fessor Williams, U.C.W., Rev Prebendary Williams Rev T. Williams, B A.. Mr Sheraton, Mr T. Owens of the County School. Mr Daniel Jones, solicitor, Mr Jack Edwards (Bandmaster), Mr Leah, A.R.C.O. Letters of good wishes and regrets at inability to attend were received from Captain Cosens, Pro- fessors Angus, Genese, and Lewis, Alderman Roberts, Revs M. Green and S. March, B.A., the Commanding Officer of the Militia, Mr D. C. Roberts, J. P. (Ex-Mayor), Mr. W. H. Colby, etc. The programme in which a total of twenty- six students took part, included a full Sandow drill with the dumb-bells, old English single stick drill, and three separate bouts between six members, Indian Club exercise by two of the youngest members whose brother Corporal Smith of the Royal Bucks Yeomanry now represents the Class in South Africa, cutlass drill, bar bell exer- cises and three tugs of war. On behalf of the teachers (Messrs A. Griffiths, John 0. Thomas and J. Hughes) and of the students, thanks were tendered to the Mayor for his privilege of being allowed the use of the hall for the drills, and to the Company for their presence. A collection was made for the funds and realised a very substantial sum. A photograph of the class has been secured by Mr Mills from whom copies can be had. The term, which will begin acain at the end of the season ended with the members' dinner last night, Wednesday, catered for by Mrs Harcourt of the Gwalia. Hotel. The following was the programme —Sandow exercises, full company; single stick drill, senior students; th"ce bouts at stick, A. Griffiths ancl J. O. Thomas J. Hughes, and D. Jonathan Jones, W. Mathias and Tom Phillips; Indian club exercise, Rowland and William Smith; bar bell exercise, full company cavalry sword drill. A. Griffiths and J. O. Thomas. tugs of war, between teams captained by A. Griffiths, and J. Hughes. OLD ABERYSTWYTH FRIENDLY SOCIETIES" is the subject of an interesting sketch by Philip Sidney in this week's issue. STDDEN CAIX TO ARMS.—The old hands of the Cardigan Artillery are to assemble this month. They will leave here for Tenby on the 1st May. MARITIME.—Mr Thomas David Lewis, son of Captain Lewis, 6, Powell-street, has been success- ful in passing the Board of Trade examination qualifying him for the post of a master. ENGLISH PEESBYTEHIAN CHURCH. The Rev. Roose, of Ebbw Vale, occupied the pulpit at this chapel on Sunday last, and preached two powerful sermons. THB BLRKDALE.—The numerous friends of Capt. Win. Davies, formerly of Padarn-villa, and master of the Birkdale which was recently seized by the British Authorities in Delagoa Bay, on a charge of having contraband of war, will be glad to learn that his vessel has been released. THE PAXTON SOCIETY.—Mr. Williams, Queen's Gardens, readia very practical paper on "Cucumbers" to a well attended meeting of the above society, on Wednesday evening, and was heartily thanked by the members for the valuable information. The next subject will be the "Cineraria," EASTER-TIDK.—Cheap trains will run over the M. & M. Railway to South Wales on Thursday and Saturday. On Good Friday an Eisteddfod will be held at Goginan and also at Llanilar, and a "Foot- ball Match will be played on the Vicarage grounds between Aberystwyth and Oswestry United. CLEARANCE SALE.—As will be seen from an ad- vertisement in another column, a great clearance sale is now proceeding at the establishment of Mr Gyde, 22 and 24, Pier-street. A great variety of artistic goods are being offered at exception- ally low prices, and catalogues can be had on ap- plication. SUCCESS.—Mr Edgar Harold Francis, son of Mr Henry Francis, accountant at Messrs Green's foundry, passed the examination for the North and South Wales Bank, Ltd., in Liverpool, last Monday, and will commence his duties at the head office Liverpool, on the 18th inst. He was educated at the National School, and afterwards had private lessons in Shorthand from Mr Ravenhill. PETTY SESSIONS.—On Wednesday at the Town Hall, before Messrs R. J. Jcnes and Ed. Evans, Wm Pavey, 7, Penglaise-terrace, was summoned for keep- ing a dog without a license. He was ordered to pay 8s 6d costs, the case being proved by P.S. Phillips. SALE OF FARMING STOCK.—On Thursday last, Mr J. E. James held a very succcsssul sale of live and dead stock at his home farm, Maesbangor. There was a good attendance of buyers, which made the stock offered for sale realise a good price. A draught mare realized £58. The steers and heifers also fetched good prices. The keenest competition was displayed when the wethers were brought into the ring. The sheep were in grand condition, which created some brisk bidding among local butchers. Mr James also sold the imple- ments of husbandry and harness at very fair prices. CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.— There was a fairly good attendance at last Friday's meeting of the above Society, but a slight decrease in the number of young men present. The pro- gramme which had been drawn up by Miss Harriet Cole, wasa musical one, and gave the audience entire satisfaction, being as follows :-English address, Dr. Walker; pianoforte solo, Miss Millicent Richards; song, Mrs. J. H. Edwards; song, Miss Francis Bevan; Welsh address, Mr. Richards; pianoforte solo, Miss Wellings; song, Mr. Jack Edwards; song, Miss Emily Dallison. THE TOWN COUNCIL.—"Fairplay" writes: It is quite time that the ratepayers should call the Town Council to order and ask them why they are squandering the time and disgracing the town by such scenes as those of last Tuesday. How a section of the Council could be induced to sign a letter such as was published and used in opposi- tion to their own chairman seems surprising. It was a small matter, but after it was published and used in such a manner, Mr Williams had no alternative but to defend himself. Aberystwyth is proud of its Mayor who has laboured more abund- antly than any man now living for the good of the town and at the sacrifice of his own interests and will not suffer his reputation to be destroyed at the bidding of any one. It will not be Mr Williams but his assailants who will suffer in reputation." NORTH CARDIGANSHIRE TEACHER'S ASSOCIA- TION.—A meeting of the above Association was held at the Board School, on Saturday last. There was a very good attendance of members. Miss Bathurst, Borth, presided. The Secretary gave a report of his visit to the South Wales district council meeting held at Swansea last month. It was resolved to make a donation of £1, towards the Benevolent and Orphan Funds. Mr. L. B. Evans, of Bronnant, was adopted as a member of the Association. A discussion on the new code and its bearing on this district then took place, Messrs C. J. Ivory, D. Samnel, H. H. Herring, Miss Bland, Mr. M. T. Jones and Mr. D. J. Saer took part in the discussion. The general tone of the remarks showed a warm welcome to the code on.educational grounds, but it was pointed out that while schools taking" 8pecific subjects" almost invariably would suffer financial loss, even rural schools now doing well educationally but suffering from lack of funds, would gain very little financially from the new code. The Educational Supply Association, London, exhibited their schools publications at the meeting. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Saturday, March 31st, at 16, Marine-terrace, of Margaretta Jones, widow of the late Rev Edward Jones, rector of Meline, Pembrokeshire. Deceased lady died rather suddenly at the age of 45 years, having been indisposed but a few days, and she was attended in her last illness by Dr. T. D. Harries. She leaves a son and two daughters to mourn their loss, with whom widespread sympathy is felt. Deceased was born at Perthygwenin, in the parish of Llansant- ffraid. Her husband was a brother of Councillor R. J. Jones, secretary of the Aberystwyth Gas Co., and of Mr J. Jenkin Jones, churchwarden at Holy Trinity, she herself being also a faithful member of Holy Trinity Church. The funeral took place on Wednesday morning in last week at the Cemetery, and was private. The officiating ministers were the Rev Prebendary Williams and the Rev J. E. Lloyd, there being also present Archdeacon Protheroe, Rev W. Footman, Rev D. Morgan, Llantrisant (brother); and Rev. D. J. Jones, Cardiff (cousin); together with the family and a large number of relatives. Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following:—Mr Jones and the Misses Jones (children), Rev D. Morgan (brother), Mr and Mrs Jenkin Jones, Mr and Mrs R. J. Jones, Messrs and Mrs Evans, Rev Prebendary Williams and Mrs Williams, Mrs Sheraton, Miss James, Mr and Mrs Colquhoun. Miss Colquhoun, Miss Aldersley (Bristol), Mr and Mrs Williams (Great Darkgate- street), Miss Williams (9, Marine-terrace), Mrs Phillips and family (Cae'rgog-terrace), Mr and Mrs Varlow, Mr and Mrs Price (Crystal Palace), Mrs E. P. Taylor, Mr and Mrs R. Fear, Mr Ainsleigh Jones, Mr J. D. Jenkins (Cardiff), Mrs Edmunds (Newport), Mr and Mrs Cotton (Marine-terrace), Holy Trinity Sunday School Class, Miss Lewis, Mr and Mrs Kendrick, Mrs Capt Edwards (Portland-street), and others. DEATH OF MRS. EVANS.—We regret to record the death of Mrs. Evans, Maesnewydd, North-road, (formerly of Laura Place), which took place at her residence at 3 o'clock on Saturday morning last. Deceased was taken seriously ill about a fortnight ago, and in two or three days she became practically unconscious. Pneumonia then set in and she remained unconscious to the end. Dr. Thomas, attended the patient, and Dr. Harries was also summoned in consultation, but all their efforts proved unavailing. Deceased was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. Morgan, Maesnewydd Farm, Talybont, at which place she was born. About the year 1853 she married Mr. John Evans, who then kept an extensive business as flour and general merchant at Oswestry. Three years later they removed to Talybont, where Mr. Evans continued to carry on his business. In 1877 he retired and came to reside at 3, Laura-place, Aberystwyth, and he still occupied the same house when he died in February, 1893. Mrs. Evans was a lady held in high esteem by a very large circle of friends, and her death will be mourned by all who knew her. Since her advent to Aberystwyth she had been a faithful member of the Baker-street Congregational Church. She leaves two sons and three daughters to morn their loss, viz., Mr John Evans, solicitor; Mr James Evans, chartered accountant; Mrs J. C. Jones, Llanarth; and Miss Elizabeth J. Evans, and Miss Hannah L. Evans. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, the interment being made at the cemetery.
♦ School Board. The monthly meeting of the Aberystwyth School Board was held on Tuesday evening at the Board School, when there were present Mr. W. Thomas (in the chair), Mrs. Griffiths, Archdeacon Protheroe, Rev. Prebendary Williams, Rev. T. Levi, Mr. T. B. Hall, Mr. R. J. Roberts (clerk), Davies (assistant clerk), D. J. Saer (headmaster), and D. A. Lloyd (attendance officer). A vote of condolence was passed with Alderman Peter Jones (chairman of the Board) and family in their sad bereavement. Mr. T. B. Hall proposed that the salaries or neaa teachers and certificated assistants be increased to such amounts as would cover the premiums to be charged under the Superannuation Act.—Mrs Griffiths seconded, and it was carried unanimously. A discussion took place upon a leakage of gas occurring at the school, the Headmaster having ascertained that there was a leakage at the rate of five feet an hour. It was decided that this be at once repaired, and the Visiting Committee were dir- ected to report as to whether a separate connection could not be arranged for the house and the school. The attendances at the schools during the past month were as follows :—Board School, infants, 78-6 girls, 85-0; boys, 91-6. National School, infants, 31-0; girls, 80-8 boys, 86-7. PenjJarke School, 74. A discussion arose upon the iiexr Education Code. the Chairman pointing out that in "hiture the max- imum grant for boys and girls would be 22s. per head. "Last year the boys' department at the Board School earned 22s. 10-gd. per head, so this school would now lose 10d. per head per annum. What he complained of was that any school should be de- barred under the new Code from obtaining the highest possible grant. He did not like this levelling down. In reply to the Rev. Prebendary Williams, the Chairman said they would gain in the other depart- ments, but not very much. The denominational schools of England would reap a large benefit, but not so much in Wales. Archdeacon Protheroe said there had been a com- plaint for a good many years of the intermediate and elementary schools overlapping one another, and that to a very serious extent in many of our large towns. His impression was that the new Code was calculated to draw a definite line somewhere, and as far as it would do that it would be a gain. There was a t en- dency in many parts of the country to make the schools grant-earning institutions, and in that way they very often found elementary subjects sacrificed because some special subjects paid better. The ten- dency and the temptation to do that was removed now. The Chairman replied that he did not wish ele- mentary schools to take up subjects suitable for the intermediate schools, but his point was that he did not think one shilling was enough difference between the best educated school and the inferior school. The minimum grant under the new code for boys and girls would be 21s, and the maximum 22s, and for infants 16s and 17s respectively. He believed they should make their voice heard in favour of a higher grant to the best educated school, the same as in Scotland already. He would propose a resolution to be sent to the Education Department. "That this Board is of opinion that the maximum grant under the new Code should be increased to that already in existence in Scotland." Rev. Prebendary Williams said he was afraid the Chairman could not compare the elementary schools of this country with the parish schools of Scotland. Those schools were virtually grammar schools, similar to their intermediate school, or even of a higher class. After further discussion the Chairman amended his resolution to read that in the opinion of this Board the maximum grant under the new code should be increased." This was seconded, and unanimously carried, it being also decided to send a copy of the resolution to Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P.
Town Council Committees. PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Public Library Committee was held on Thursday evening last at the Corporation Office, when there were present-Alderman T. Doughton (chairman), Alderman C. M. Williams (Mayor), Mr. Geo. Davis, Archdeacon Protheroe, and the Rev. T. A. Penry (hon. sec.). In connection with the application for a course Gilchrist lectures to be delivered at Aberystwyth, the Secretary read a communication from the secretary of the Gilchrist Trust, stating it was regretted that the trustees could not accede to the request. The number of applications had been so large, that many considerations had to be taken into account in selecting towns for the delivery of the lectures. This failure did not imply that Aberystwyth was ineligible, and applications made in future would be considered. All things being equal, preference was given each year to- the town which had been longest before them.—The Mayor said their course would be to make an annual application, and thereby they would ultimately become the oldest on the list.—On the motion of Mr. George Davies, it was decided that application be made annually, until their request was granted. The Secretary stated he had been requested to communicate with Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., in reference to securing for the library a copy of the report of the Land Commission. He had done so, and Mr. Davies had replied stating he had been to the printing office, and they had promised to for- ward all the volumes asked for. Mr. Davies added that it bad been recommended that the committee should appoint him their agent or representative and send his name to the printing department. Then they could get any Parliamentary books they wished. If the committee desired, he would act for them.—The Secretary said the reports of the Land Commission had been received.—The Mayor thought they would be a valuable acquisition to the library. He ajso thought they should accept the kind offer of Mr. Davies, and appoint him as their agent. They could then secure the reports of the Licensing Commission, which includedacon- siderable amount of evidence taken in Wales, and would be interesting and valuable. This was agreed to, and the Secretary was authorised to write to Mr. Davies to this effect. Consideration was given to the question of the purchase of new books dealing with South Africa. It was decided to purchase two copies of Transvaal from within."—The Rev. Archdeacon Protheroe suggested the book entitled South Africa as it is," by Capt Younghusband.The Mayor t I suppose it is too early to get a book on "SouthAfricaas it will be" (laughter)—Archdeacon Protheroe's suggestion was accepted, and it was further decided to purchase a copy of Bryce's Transvaal." It was decided to increase the amount for which the books at the library are insured by £100, this bringing the total amount up to £ 1,600. HARBOUR COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Harbour Committee of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Monday evening at the Corporation Office, there being present Mr. R. J. Jones (chairman), Alderman C. M. Williams (mayor), Mr Evan H. James, Mr R. Doughton, Mr J. P. Thomas, and Mr I. Hopkins. IMPROVEMENTS AT THE HARBOUR. A bill for P,25 16s 5d due to Messrs Tohn Lloyd and Co. for the supply of timber in connection with the repair of the storage shed at the Harbour, was presented and recommended for payment. In reply to the Mayor, the Surveyor said all the work at the storage shed had now been completed with the exception of the rain water troughings. The amount expended was within the estimate. PROPOSED BRANCH BAILWAY. In connection with the proposal to construct a branch railway from the Harbour to connect with the M. and M. Railway, so as to convey the iron ore which it was intended to bring to Aberystwyth for shipment, the Chairman said lie had had a conversation with one interested in the mines, who said that they were getting a little anxious in the matter. He informed that person that one of these days they intended to meet Sir James Szlumper or his son (the engineers of the M. and M. Railway) to discuss the matter and have the connection made as soon as possible if it was to their advantage. He was told that something like 8,000 tons would come from the Frongoch Mine alone, so that would be a matter of consideration for the Committee. In reply to Mr R. Doughton, the Chairman said the Harbour dues at present were 4d per ton, and upon 8,000 tons this would come to about Z130 a year, irrespective of the charges which would be made tor bringing the ore over the branch line. The Chairman said he hoped they would be able to go into the matter without delay, as he thought it was a matter of importance. He also believed other mines would send their materials to the harbour for shipment. It was eventually decided to write to Sir James Szlumpcr asking him to meet the Council on the matter, and also to write to Mr Russell (the general manager of the line) asking for terms, etc., upon which his Co.'s engines would be run over the branch line, and also other information. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Public Works Committee was also held on Monday evening, present, Alderman C. M. Williams (mayor) in the chair, Alderman T. Doughton, Messrs [E. H. James, R. Peake, Robert Doughton, J. P. Thomas, and I. Hopkins, with Mr Rees Jones (borough surveyor), Mr H. L. Evans (borough accountant), Mr C. Massey (assist- ant clerk), and Mr J. Evans (sanitary inspector). UNIFORMS. At the outset, Mr R. Peake said a resolution had been passed by the Council that the Public Works Committee should consider the question of supply- ing the waterworks' inspector with a uniform. Alderman T. Doughton: Would it not be well to have a uniform for all the ofjicials ? The Accountant: It has been suggested. z, The Mayor: That brilliant suggestion did not come from this committee, thougk (laughter). I think, possibly, those who made that foolish sugges- tion will suffer for it. Mr Peake said he would like to see the water- works inspector supplied with a uniform. After further discussion, the matter of securing the uniform for this official was entrusted to the accountant. SANITARY INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Sanitary Inspector reported he had visited 24 streets during the past month and examined 316 houses; 21 notices had been served for the removal of nuisances, 13 of which bad not been complied with, the time not having yet expired in some of the cases. BUILDING PLANS. The Committee agreed to recommend the adoption of a plan showing proposed additions to a house, No. 9, Laura-place. A discussion was aroused upon a plan showing proposed additions to Balmoral House, adjoining the Hostel. The Surveyor said, strictly speaking, ito was not in accordance with the bye-laws, there not being sufficient space at the back. ATr. Hopkins urged that they should adhere to their bye-laws, otherwise they should eat them or burn them. If they allowed the College people to build contrary to the bye-laws they should give private individuals who applied to them similar favours. The Mayor said Mr. Hopkins was as well aware as he was that many plans had been approved of in which the necessary space was not given. If, however, their bye-laws were strictly carried out there would not be a single corner site built upon. Mr. Hopkins said they were aware that some members of the College Council were opposed to the Town Council erecting a certain building which was according to the bye-laws, and he just wanted to show that they could see as well as the College people. Mr. R. Doughton: What about your own c rner 1 The Mayor intervened, and said they need not go y I into that matter, as he believed the difference between them and the College would be amicably settled next time they met. The plan was then approved of. PROPOSED ISOLATION HOSPITAL. The Mayor stated that two months' ago the Council had referred to the Public Works Com- mittee the question of securing a site for the proposed isolation hospital. Unfortunately, nothing naci oeen none yet. tie tnougnc me time nau now arrived when tney should take steps to endeavour to secure a site for the hospital. It was decided that the committee inspect sites on the same day as the Council met Sir James Szlumper ^regarding the branch railway at the Harbour, provided time allowed. TENDERS. The tender of a Liverpool firm was accepted for the supply of 70 tons of cement, at 42s. per ton, free on quay at Aberystwyth. The tenders for' the erection of six houses at Smithfield-road was next considered. The tenders received were that of Messrs. Owen Bros. at P,199 10s. per house, and that of Mr. David Williams, Llanbadarn, at Z210 per house. The Mayor said the utmost limit they could go to was £183 per house. The Surveyor, in reply to the Mayor, said he had gone through the plans, and could not suggest any alteration. Mr. R. Peake said he did not see that they could go and pay Z200 for a workman's house. Alderman Doughton asked whether the Corpora- tion could not build the houses themselves. The Surveyor said he made a careful estimate some time ago, and although all the underground work had since been taken off, yet the tenders had been increased. His estimate then was E184 per house. After further discussion, it was decided, on the proposition of Mr. R. Peake, seconded by Mr. J. P. Thomas, to recommend the Council to authorise the Surveyor to carry out the work himself. Mr. R. Peake afterwards added that he thought the Council should set an example to other bodies in the town, and pay so much per cent. upon all tenders sent in, in return for the trouble taken in investigating plans and preparing specifications. FINANCE COMMITTEE. A meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Tuesday, when there were present Alderman W. H. Palmer (chairman), Alderman C. M. Williams (Mayor), Messrs D. C. Roberts, R. Peake, T. E. Salmon, and R. J. Jones, with Mr H. L. Evans (ac- countant), Mr Rees Jones (surveyor), and Mr C. Massey (assistant clerk). The following letter received from Mr T. Morton, had been referred from the Council to this Commit- tee for consideration 12, Great Darkgate-street, Aberystwyth, April 2nd, 1900. Dear Sir, in reply to yours 81, ing the terms on which the Council are prepare, ';0 renew the lease of my premises in Terrace-: id, I beg to say it is not true that the terms are ide:cal with those given to Mrs Clapperton. Your surveyor tells you no alterations can be done to the premises except re-building. I have had my own surveyor over the house, and he reports that no struc- tural alteration can be done to the premises, they must comedown and new foundations be laid. To offer such terms in the face of this knowledge which the Council possess is, I consider, a palpable and fross injustice." This gave rise to a long and heated discussion, Mr Salmon contending that they had treated this appli- cation like all other applications, and it would be un- fair to open the matter again that day. Mr D. C. Roberts said they always took their sur- veyor's recommendations in these matters, and he recommended demolition, as also did Mr Morton's surveyor. In such cases, therefore, where demoli- tion was recommended, they always granted renewals on site scale. Mr R. J. Jones said their surveyor had not gone as far as that, because the question had been asked him whether it was possible to repair this house in a similar manner as Mrs Clapperton's, and he replied that it could be done. When asked further whether demolition would be preferable, he replied in the affirmative, stating it would be a better job. But he made it understood that it was not impossible to carry out the repairs of this house. Mr D. C. Roberts said in reference to Mrs Clapperton, all felt afterwards that a mistake had been made. Mr R. J. Jones I don't know that anyone has ac- knowledged that. The Chairman, in the course of a lengthy explana- tion, said he had always fought against granting site scale to any piece of land upon which a building had been erected. He further stated that he was one of those who believed that if the majority of the Coun- cil decided that a lease should be renewed on rate- able value scale then it should remain so. He did not think it was right for any person to write again, and say he was dissatisfied with the terms given him. Mr Roberts pointed out that Mr Morton told them he could not carry out the conditions. The Chairman replied that his opinion was that he could carry them out. The Surveyor said he wished to make a remark with regard to Mr Morton's letter. It said, Your Surveyor tells you no alteration can be done except re-building." He did not remember having told the Council so, and perhaps the members would agree with him. Mr Roberts Your recommendation was that there should be a demolition. The Surveyor What I said was that I thought that would be a better job. Mr R. J. Jones Do you mean to tell the committee, Mr Jones, that similar repairs cannot be done to this house as that of Mrs Clapperton's ? The Surveyor I consider the two are identical. The Mayor then pointed out that in face of the surveyor's report they felt fully justified in granting terms to Mr Morton on precisely the same basis as already given to Mrs Clapperton. Therefore, would they be treating others in that street fair if they granted this application on site scale ? As to the letter they had received from Mr Mortorb—it did not matter to him whose letter it was, as it was signed by Mr Morton, at any rate-lie did not consider it was hardly the letter they would expect from a gentleman, as they were cliarged-lie supposed to some extent intentionally—with doing what was un- fair- The letter read "I beg to state it is not true that the terms are identical with those given to Mrs Clapperton." That accused the Council of embody- ing in the report a statement which was not correct. He maintained, however, that the terms were iden- tical with those of Mrs Clapperton, and their own minute book would prove it. The letter proceeded to state that Your Surveyor tells you no alterations can be done to the premises except rebuilding." That again was a statement contrary to the truth, as the Surveyor had told them that the alterations could be carried out in the same way as Mrs Clapperton's. Mr. Roberts But he did not recommend that ? The Mayor repeated that the surveyor had told them that the alterations could be done. The Mayor, continuing, said the letter concluded by stating "That to offer such terms in the face of this knowledge which the Council possess is I consider a palpable and gross injustice." That did come out strong. There could be no feeling on his part in this matter. He did not* know Mr. Morton, but he knew Mr. Bickerstaff well, and they had been friends for 25 years. There was no man in the town for whom he would do a kindness more willingly than Mr. Bickerstaff. They had acted perfectly honest and conscientious at the last Finance Committee in recommending that this should be renewed on the rateable value scale. Statements had been made- not by Mr. Morton or Mr. Bickerstaff-but statements had been made which certainly were grossly unfair to them as a Council. The Mayor proceeded'to state that one statement made was that when Mrs. Clapperton applied for a renewal, she did not wish to demolish the premises. As far as the Council was concerned there was no truth in that. Mrs Clapperton simply made an application for renewal of lease. She made no statement as to what she wanted. The other statement was that Mr. Morton applied for site terms. How did that stand the test of truth ? He had a copy of his own application, written on his behalf by Mr. Joseph Davies, solicitor. The Mayor then read the letter, in which application was simply made for a renewal of the lease. There was not a word in the letter, Mr. Williams asserted, that Mr. Morton wished to demolish the premises. When these ut statements were repeated continually without contradiction some people believed that the Council were acting unfair. It was abominable, and treatment which no public body should receive. If Mr. Gibson had a feeling of antagonism to some members, he appealed for justice and for a fair report. Let him report fairly, and he did njt care about his comments. All this unpleasantness arose in connec- tion with certain people, and certain members of the Council were made to appear as though they were acting unfair. He maintained that the resolution of the Council was to treat everyone on the existing scale, and the existing scale for that street had been rateable value, and they did exactly with Mr Morton as they did with others. And what did they get ? One of the most impudent and unfair letters charging them with having certain knowledge, and charging the surveyor with having made a statement which he had not. All this he considered was an attempt to mislead the public. He protested loudly against it himself, and it behoved him to make this statement as one of those who was charged. Mr. D. C. Roberts said Mrs. Clapperton had carried out the alterations to her house, but it had been stated repeatedly in committee, and the surveyor himself had stated it privately in discussing these matters, that it was a great disgrace, and that in that case they ought to have gone in for demolition and given site scale. Now, this case had arisen, and the surveyor told them clearly that demolition would be the proper thing, and renewal on site scale would of necessity follow. I After further discussion, Mr. Peake proposed that terms be offered to Mr. Morton on the same basis as those printed on the agenda on December 5th. Mr. D. C. Roberts seconded. The Mayor proposed as an amendment that they adhere to the terms already given, and Mr Salmon seconded. On a division, the mover and seconder voted for the resolution, and the Mayor, Mr. Salmon, and Mr. Jones for the amendment. The Chairman remained neutral, stating he considered they should adhere to the terms already given. The amendment was, therefore, carried. The question of giving a subscription toward the funds of the North Cardiganshire Cob Society was deferred until a completed balance sheet had been prepared. The appeal of the newly formed-Golf Club, which has its links on Pen Dinas, for financial assistance, was also deferred to the next meeting.
Welsh Hospital Fund for South Africa. LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS. Collected by Mr Gough, Cambrian Railway, at the Queen's Hotel, P,6 10s; Mr and Mrs Powell, Nanteos, £6 6s; W. Hughes, Esq., Abermaide £ 5:. the Misses Jones, Fronygog, £3 3s Mr and Mrs T D. Harries, Z3 3s; Mr and Mrs T. Darlington, Victoria Terrace, £3 3s; Mrs (Dean) Phillips, 45' Terrace, Capt. Cosens, Bronpadarn, Mr D. Lloyd Lewis, National Provincial Bank, Mr. L. Hughes Bonsall, Glanrheidol, Dr Bonsall, Queens-road, Archdeacon and Mrs Protheroe, Vicarage, Mrs G. White, Llanbadarn-road, Mrs Jessy Williams, St. David's Road, Mrs Lewis Griffiths, Great Darkgate- street, Morgan & Co., Little Darkgate-street, Mr D. Samuel, Mr J. R. Rees, North & South Wales Bank, Mrs Griffiths, Waterloo Hotel, Mr. Gyde, Pier-street, Mr and Mrs Jones, Talbot Hotel, Mr D, M. Davies, Miss Davos, Borth, Mr Evan Evans. solicitor, the Misses A. L. & J. E. Owen, North- parade, Mr J. Gibson, Mrs J. Lewis, Brunswick, Llanbadarn-rd, Dr J. J. Rowlands, Mr A. J. Hughes, Mr R. J. Jones, 19. South-terrace, Miss A. Knight, South -terrace,-kl ls each the Countess of Lisburne. Crosswood, Mr J. G. W. Bonsall, Fronfraith, Dr J. Morgan, Nantcaerio, Mr J R. Loxdale, Castle Hill, Mr J. D. Perrott, A Friend, Miss Trubshaw, Brad- ford house, Miss Jeffreys, Glandovey Castle, Mrs L. Gilbertson, 46, Terrace, Miss Branthwaite, Terrace, and Miss Gilbertson, Laura-place,— £ 1 each; Mr Hugh Bonsall, Peithyll. Mr Ellis Morgan, 2, Terrace, Mr Sylfanus Lewis, Nanteos, Mr and Mrs Henry Davies, Mr R. E. H. Morgan, Lond. Prov. Bank, Miss Parry, 50, Terrace, Dr Davies, Aberayron, Mr. T. E. Salmon, Mr J. Hairy, Mr E. P. Wynne, Mr R.K. Jenkins, and Mr G. Fossett Roberts,-10s 6d each; Mr W. Gilbertson, Laura-place, Mr T. Griffiths, Great Darkgate-street, Mrs Jones, Bridge-end, Mrs Boycott, 1, Terrace, Mr. J. Williams, Brynbwl, Miss Jones, Plas Padarn, Rev W. Morgan, Llan- badarn-road, Dr Abraham Thomas, Mrs Rowland Morgan, Mr Shorthouse, North-road, Mr Short, North-road, Mrs Salter, Mrs T. P. Lewis, Ffos- hydygaled, Mr J. N. Cooke, Pier Street; Mr R. Bickerstaff, Great Darkgate-street, Mr H. P. Edwards, Mr J. Mathias, 17, Terrace, Mr F. R. Roberts, solicitor, the Misses Hugh Jones, 1, Laura-place, Mrs Evans, Maesnewydd, Rev. D. Morris, Queens-road, and Mr Thomas, chemist, 10s each Miss Sarah Jones, 10, Terrace, 7s 6d Mr Fear, Terrace-road, Mr Davies, North- road, Mr Morgan, corn merchant, Mr Rowlands, butcher, Misses Ward, Great Darkgate-street, Mrs Morgan, milliner, Mrs Owen, 13. Marine- terrace, Mrs Rea, White Horse Hotel, Mrs Thomas, 29, North-parade, Mrs Ainsworth Davis, Mrs Richards, Heart of Oak, A Friend, Mr David Lloyd, Mr J. Hughes Jones, Mrs E. James, Mr John Evans, North-road, Rev. T. A. Penry, Bath-street, Mrs Henry Davis, Dr. Morgan, North-parade, Mr Joseph Davis, solicitor. Mr R. Joinson, Pier-street Mrs. D. Lloyd, Portland-st; Mr. W. Thomas, The Parade"; Mr R. Jones, Great Darkgate-st, Mr David Evans, Great Darkgate-street, Mr J. H. Edwards draper. Mr A. Jones, Bridge-street, Mr J. Edwards, Mr J. Thomas, A Friend, and Miss Vaughan Rees, the Terrace, 5s each; Rev. Morgan, and Miss Doughton, 4s each; Mr Longley 3s 6d; Mr T. Ellis, Terrace-road, Mrs Harold Atwood, Mrs Richards, Bl ue Bell, Mrs Lumley, North-parade, Miss J. A. Davies, Mrs Miles, Miss Kate Lloyd, Mrs Owen, Frondeg, Mr S. Rowlands, Captain E. James, Mrs Septimus March, Mr C. Panchen, Mr Wilkinson, North-parade, Mr Noyes, Pier-street, Mr W. H Parry, N. P. Bank, Mr J. Davies, grocer, Bridge-s eet, Mr Walter Evans, draper, Mr David Evans, j^ocer, Queen-street, Mr James Morgan, Pier-stre Mr J. B. Jenkins, Great Darkgate-st., and Mr T. Owen, North-par ade, 2s 6d each; Miss J essie Davies, Mr David Thcmas, Northgate House, Mr Woodcock Owen, Mr W. J. Bennett, Mrs Clapperton, Terrace-road, Mr Evans, stationer, Pier-street, Mr Ellis, Ironmonger, Mrs Hackney, A Friend, Mrs Bennison, Mr David Jones, Tailor, Mrs Morgan, 60, Terrace, Mrs Lumley Jones, North Parade, Mrs Evans, Chalybeate-street, Miss Lily Watkins, Miss Roberts, Miss R. Williams, 2s.; Miss Bagshaw, Mr Hugh Lloyd, Nanteos Cottage, Mr Baley, Mr J. Thomas, Draper, Mr David Owen, Saddler, Mrs Clements, Little Darkgate-street, Mrs D. Evans, Bridge-street, Miss Ellis, locksmith Mr. Northey, Mr. J. E. Jones, Mrs. Ellis, 59, Terrace; Mr Phillips, Terrace-road, Mr Cecil Carter, Terrace-road, Is.; John Jenkins, Queen-street, 6d; Mrs Thomas Milliner, Great Darkgate Street, 6d; as collected by Mrs Hughes Bonsall Glanrheidol, in the villages of Penllwyn, Capel Bangor, Cwmrheidol and Goginan, 99s lOd. Collected at St. Michael's Band of Hope, 15s; collected by Mr Jones, Talbot Hotel, 15s; collected by Mrs Vaughan, iEl 12s 6d Miss Jones, Bridge-street, 13s; Miss Gilbertson, 9s 6d; and Miss Osmotherly, 5s.
DYFFRYN. CONCERT.— Last Friday evening a concert was given in aid of the funds of the Wesleyan Chapel. The chair was taken by the Rev William Owen, and the duties of Arwe.inydd" were undertaken by Mr David Lewis. Views illustrating the present war were exhibited by Mr Rees Jones, Barmouth. Those taking part in the concert were Miss Sarah Griffith, Miss Winnie Williams, Miss Warren, Mr E, SI. Evans, Mr Samnel Davies, Mr Robert Jones, Mr R Roberts and Master Willie Qrifti. h. Mr E. M. Evans, the popular Barmouth soloist was not accorded so warm a reception as he deserved. As usual several of the pieces were old and hackneyed. The sooner organisers ofsuch meetings realise that people want the worth of their money, the better ir. will be for the proceeds and for music generally. Mr David Lewis's effort at conducting lacked some- what in spontaneity, and some of his remarks can hardly be looked upon as being in good taste. An "Arweinydd" for a concert is certainly an innova- tion, and one the utility of which it is difficult to see; All that is necessary for enjoyment is good music tastefully rendered and a chairman of few words.
London Letter. [ FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. | London, Wednesday Afternoon. THE PEMBROKESHIRE DINNER. The seventh annual dinner of the Pem- broke County Club was held last Saturday night under the presidency of Mr. Abel Thomas, M.P., at the Holborn Restaurant. There was a large attendance—perhaps no other county in the Principality could have made so good a show. Amongst the speakers were Mr. Shiel, a surgeon on the staff of St. George's Hospital, Mr. Abel Thomas, Q.C., and Dr. Henry Owen. The latter, in pro- posing the Chairman's health, related an interesting story. He said that when Mr. Abel Thomas retired from public life and went to live in Pembrokeshire, there was one incident in his career which more than any forensic success he would have pleasure in recalling. Many years ago there was a terrible accident at the Regent's Park Canal, when a large number of women and children were nearly drowned. The bystanders did all they could to save the lives of the un- fortunate ones, and when the Humane Society subsequently published a list of those who had been most instrumental in saving life, the first name on the list was that of Abel Thomas, who at the time was a young student in London. CYMANFA'R PASG. As is usual every year, a large number of ministers are expected up here for the annual Easter meetings. Amongst them are the names of John Williams, Prince's-road, Evan Jones, Carnarvon, and John Evans, Abermeurig, and excellent meetings are expected. The Calvinistic Methodists talk of starting several new causes in the suburbs, and they feel the more confident in doing this since their previous experiments have turned out well. Clapham Junction chapel, which was only started about four years ago, has now a membership roll of about 230. This, of course, is largely due to the self- sacrificing zeal of the Rev. Llewelyn Edwards, who has thrown himself into the work with the energy of a young man in his first pastorate. The memorial stones of the new chapel at Stepney were laid last week. In this connection, it may be interesting to relate the following story. Stepney is, of course, in the East End, and serves the Whitechapel district, from which a large proportion of the congregation is drawn. When the question was first mooted of build- ing a new chapel, one of the richest men in the place offered a subscription of XIOO, and thought he was doing very well in giving that sum. Imagine his surprise when seven milkmen one after the other arose, each subscribing ElOO towards the costs. THE WAR. Last week has been the blackest week of the war with the exception of the week of the three disasters last December. Over a thousand of our soldiers have been killed, wounded or captured during the week-and as a contrast with this, we have killed, wounded, and captured perhaps 100 of the Boers. In fact things have hardly looked more serious since the beginning of the campaign than they do at present. There is a danger that Roberts's line of communi- cation will be cut, and some of the isolated portions of his forces placed in critical positions. Iwas informed this week by a correspondent who has just returned from the front that feeling runs high between the English and Dutch Colonists, and that unless Roberts scores a real victory at an early date we may have to face serious trouble in the Cape. The agitation for the annexation of the Republics, and the support it is receiving in England, have made the Cape Dutch more alive to the situation than they hitherto were. Under these circumstances it is a great pity that some person, who is a persona grata to the Dutch, cannot supersede Sir Alfred Milner, who has by his pronounced sympathy for Uitlanders, and his unfair aspersions against the Afrikander Bond, alienated the whole Dutch people of South Africa. MR. CECIL RHODES. Mr. Rhodes arrived with no flourish of trumpets. He is for the present at any rate, one of the most unpopular men in England—and nothing less than a miracle can rehabilitate him in the eyes of most people. Some curiosity is manifested as to his motivies in returning to England so soon after his last visit. Is he afraid that matters will go wrong, unless he has the controlling hand over here, or have the military authorities made South Africa too hot for him ? j Until Mr. Chamberlain gives a clear and complete explanation of the Hawksley affair, one is perfectly justified in saying that lie is under the thumb of Cecil Rhodes.
LATEST iN EWS. Reports from Boer sources say that General De Wet on Saturday inflicted a third defeat on the British, within a week, at Meerkatsfontein, killing and wounding 600. He captured 900 prisoners, and twelve waggons, loosing five Boers killed and nine wounded. A War Officc telegram received this even- ing states that Roberts confirms fighting at Wepener, and delares'the garrison is hold- ing out bravely, inflicting serious losses- the troops are moving up rapidly."
TALYBONT. DEATH.—The death took place on Sunday morning of Mr. William Davies, son of Mr. J. M. Davies, Penpompren, at. the age of 55 years. PETTY SESSIONS.—These sessions were held on Friday last before Messrs. J. M. Williams and D. Howells. An application by Mrs. Nevill, Scar- borough, for the temporary transfer of the Cambrian Hotel, Borth, from ;Mr. Hohenberg was granted.-P.S. Thomas Phillips charged William Edwards, Temperance House, Taliesin, with selling adulterated milk. The case was withdrawn on the application of complainant.—P.S. Phillips charged Thomas John Williams, Moorland House, Borth, with driving a horse and carriage without having a light attached to the carriage. Fined Is. and costs.—P.S. Phillips charged Griffiths Roberts, Brynowen Cottage, Borth, with being drunk on the highway at Borth, on the 14th of March last. Fined 2s. 6d. and costs. THE WELSH HOSPITAL FOR SOUTH AFRICA.— Thanks to the commendable activity of Dr James, Y Fagwyr, many names from this district will be associated with one of the best phases-possibly the only redeeming feature—of the present war, viz., the care of the sufferers, the sick and the wounded alike. The project to provide a military hospital for our fellow-countrymen is meeting with good support, as the following subscriptions testify:—Mrs Basil Jones, Gwynfryn, £5 5s.; Mr Seymour Davies, Glanrafon, £2 10s.; Mrs Davies, ditto, P,2 10s.; Sir Pryse Pryse, Bart., ZZ 2s.; Lady Pryse, R2 2s.; Mrs Anwyl, E2; Mrs Rees, Wood- lands, Zl Is.; Dr James, Y Fagwyr; Mr Louis Davies, Miss Harriet Davies, late of Pemponpren Hall, and Capt. Howell, Lodge Park, Pl each; Mrs Pryse Pryse, Lodge Park, Dr Jenkyn Lewis, Llanon, Mr John Rees, Bryntawel, L)a-non, Mrs Morgan, Lion Hotel, and Mr Jenkins, Black Lion, 10s. each; Capt. David Williams, Tre'rddol, Mr Isaac Davies, Wern, Miss Parry Jenkins, Henhafod, Rev. G. Roderick, Rev David Evans, Mr Jenkins, Bwlchyroser, Mr J. J. Hughes, registrar, Mr J. T. Rees, Mus. Bac., Mr Williams, grocer, Talybont, Mr James Jones, Emporium, Mr J. T. Morgan, Maesnewydd, Mr R. Jones, grocer, New-street, Mr Edward Jones, C.C., Elgar House, 5s. each Mr T. James, Lerry House, Mr Edward Evans, grocer, Mrs Evans. do., Mr D. Jenkins, Cerigcyranau, 2s. 6d. each; Miss Howell and Mr Owen, Nantynod, 2s each.
DOLGELLEY. SNOW.—The mountain tops around this town are- still covered with snow, and wear their winter aspects. WELSH HOSPITAL.—A concert in aid of the Welsh Hospital for South Africa will be held at the Assembly Rooms next Thursday. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—On Saturday evening, a Temperance meeting was held at the Public Rooms under the presidency of the Rev Pari Huws, B.D. A programme consisting of songs, recitations, &c„ was gone through in a creditable manner. There was a good attendance. TABERNACLE CHAPBL.-The report of this chapel were distributed on Sunday last. The chapel has a membership of 327, being an increase" of 17 members during the past year. Debts now remaining on the chapel including the cemetery, and the adjoining houses amount to £ 846. A sum of over R450 was collected at the services during the year. The report is considered very satisfactory, and notwithstanding, that so many alterations have been made to the chapel, and the adjoining premises, the debt is very luw. PETTY SESSIONS.—These Sessions were held at the County Hall on Tuesday. The magistrates present were Messrs C. E. Munro Edwards (in the chair), E. Griffith, R. Williams, R. Wynne Williams, and Captain Bailey.—William Jones, labourer,. was charged by Ellis Owen, Garth, with assaulting him on March 10th. Mr -A. J. Hughes, Aberyst- wyth, appeared for the defendant, and Mr Williams (instructed by Mr R. Guthrie Jones, Dolgelley), appeared for the complainant. There was also a. cross-summons for the same offence. After hearing thfe evidence, the Bench fined William Jones 5s. and costs in each case, but dismissed the case against. Owen. CONCERT.—On Wednesday evening week last, a. very successful concert was held at the Board, Schools, Bontddu. In the absence of Mr. J. Griffith, the chair was occupied by Mr. M. M. Morgan (schoolmaster). Solos were rendered in fine style by the following: Miss Pierce, Miss Laura Williams, Miss Owen, Messrs. H. O. Williams, G. Roberts, L. Owen, and D. Williams;- duetts, Misses Pritchard and Kate Lloyd Messrs. Robert Jones and H. O. Williams; part song,. "Y Ffrwd" and "The Heavens are telling" (test piece at the Barmouth Eisteddfod), were rendered by Mr. D. Rowlands and party; Gwyr Philistiaid," "Roman Soldiers" (test piece at Barmouth. Eisteddfod) by Mr. E. Roberts and party. Miss Blodwen Williams acted as accompanist. The proceeds are to be devoted towards the expense of both choirs in their visit to Barmouth to compete at the Eisteddfod to be held there on Easter Monday. SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO MR H. PUGHE.—Mr Hugh. Pughe the genial and popular manager of the National and Provincial Bank met with a serious- accident at Towyn on Saturday last, where he had gone to witness the football match. As walking up the slope of the station platform to join the 6-0- p.m. train for Dolgelley he slipped and fell on to the rails his left foot becoming entangled in the metals. A number of the staff at the station to- gether with other willing helpers immediately came to Mr Pughe's assistance and it was found his leg had sustained a compound fracture and one of his hands badly bruised. Doctors Ashton and Rowlands were at once sent for and having well and carefully bandaged the wounds, Mr Pughe was- "7' conveyed on a stretcher to the house of Mr Hughes manager of the N. and P. Bank, Towyn, where he still remains. The news of the unfortunate accid- ent soon spread and came as a shock to his numer- ous friends at Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dol- gelley. We are pleased to learn Mr Pughe is mak- ing as good progress as can be expected under the circumstances and trust he will soon have a speedy and complete recovery. CONGREGATIONAL UNITED SUNDAY SCHOOLS, —A meeting in connection with the above Sunday Schools was held last week in the Tabernacle Schoolroom. It was decided that the examination should be held on May 27th., and the Rev. Pari; Huws B. D. and the officers of the district to select questions for the children. The following were appointed overseers during the examination at the different places :—Miss Roberts, to Tabor; Mr. W. M. Morgan, to Llanelltyd; Mr. Rice Price, Cutiau, and Mr. John Jones, Arthog to Barmouth; Mr Lewis Jones-Griffith, to Dyffryn; Mr. Ellis Williams to Arthog: Mr. Rdward Hum- phreys, to Rhydwen; Messrs H. E. Thomas, and Wm. Roberts, Perthi, to Rhydymain; Messrs Ed. Owen and Robert Hughes (junr.), to Brithdir; Mr. Wm. Rees, to Llanfachreth Mr. Rice Price, to Ganllwyd; Mr. R. Lewis, to Penresgynfa; Mr. J. Edwards, to Cutiau; Mr. D. Davies, to Soar Mr R. Jones, to Borth; Mr. Cad. Roberts, to Llwyngwril; Mr. Ed. Pugh, to Harlech; Messrs Rees Pugh, Wm. Lewis, and Wm. Davies, to Dolgelley; Mr. Owen Pugh, to Islawrdre; and Mr. J. P. Jones, to Bwlch- coch. It was also decided that the singing examination should be held on May 15th at Bar- mouth and Dolgelley. TEA PARTY AND LITERARY MEETING. On Wednesday last, the children attending the Tabernacle Chapel, Band of Hope, held their annual teaparty and literary meeting. The tables were beautifully decorated for the occasion by the lady members. The arrangements were carried out by Miss Anne Evans, Smithfield-square, and she was assisted by Mrs. Pari Huws, Mrs. Owen, Tanygader House; Miss Claudia Hughes, Mervinian House; Mrs. Owen, Lawnt Cottage; Mrs. Pryce Evans, Mrs Kate Thomas, Miss Parry, Lion-street; Mrs. Richard Humphreys, Miss Hughes, Springfield-street; Miss Roberts, Idris-terrace Miss Davies, Penbryn; Miss Williams, The Square; Miss Williams, Pantyrarran; Miss Williams, Coedcelyn; and Mrs. Humphreys. After the tables bad been cleared, oranges and medals were distributed to all the children attending the Band of Hope. In the evening a literary meeting was held under the presidency of the Rev. Pari Huws B.D. (pastor), when prizes were- awarded to the successful competitors for singing, reciting, and knitting. The adjudicators in the various subjects were Messrs. A. Hughes, D. Williams, David Lewis, Misses A. M. Jones, Claudia Hughes, S. Williams, L. Williams, Parry and Mrs. John Owen. Special mention should be made of Messrs. Edward Owen, John Jones, E. P. Williams, John Evans, R. D. Jones, Misses. Annie Lloyd,. Nellie Hughes, Maggie Lloyd, and Daisy Jones who assisted in carrying out the arrangements.. The Band of Hope has added to its number during. the past winter and its series of meetings for the season were brought to a close last week. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGE REES, at the WELSH GAZETTE" Printeries, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County 01: Cardigan. Thursday, April 12th, 1900.
ABERFFRWD. OPENING OF NEW SCHOOL BUILDING.ON Fri- day week, the new school building was opened. The building has been erected, from the plans of Mr T. E. Morgan, architect, Aberystwyth, on the site of the old C.M Chapel, Aberffrwd, and it may be mentioned that the Education Department accepted the plan without suggesting any alterations on the original—a rare occurrence, and a compliment to the architect. On the afternoon of the opening the children of the district were treated to tea and cake. The following ladies presided at the tables —Mrs Richards, Llywnderw, Mrs Evans, Tvllwyd- isaf, Mrs Evans, Tycam and Mrs Jenkins, Dolgam- lyn. The members of the School Board were also present and the children and parents were addressed by Messrs W. James, Pwllcenawon, and W. Evans, Ponterwyd, on the question of attendance and education jgenerally. In the evening a competi- tive meeting was held in the C.M: Chapel. Mr W. James occupied the chair and Mr D. Davies. Cen- nant, conducting. The adjudicators being, music, 1 11 ur oJ. Meung Jbdwards, Bow Street; poetry etc., Messrs J. Morgan, Ponterwyd. and J: Jones, Bryn Sion, while Mr D. Ellis, Aberffrwd, and Mrs Evans, Tyllwyd-issaf adjudicated the other competitions. The winners in the competitions were:—Solo for boys under (16), Tros-y-Gareg," Master T. H. Pearce, Rheidol House, out of five competitors solo for girls under (16), St Gertrude," Miss L. Richards, Goginan recitation for children under (12) years, Master T. H. Pearce translation Welsh to English, Master T. Hopkins, Felinnewydd ped-- war pennill i Ysgoldy Newydd, Aberffrwd, Mr D. Davies, Trisant; soprano solo, "Yr Esgyd ar y Traeth," Miss Morgan, Tynrhvd best pair of men's gloves, Miss Evans, Brynperffaith recitation, Y Bont a'r dan," prize divided between Messrs T. Ll. Powell, Glanrhydtynoeth and D. Davies, Cynon Fach baritone solo, Pinacl Anrhydedd," twelve competitors, prize divided between Messrs J. Mason, and R. Jones, Ystumtuen; araeth, Y Rhyfel Presenol," Mr D. Mason, Aberffrwd. Englyn "Pompbren Ffrwd-ddu," Mr. D. Davies, Trisant; "Mental Arithmetic." Master E. R. Bitchell, Gamlyn, Aberffrwd quartette Y Bwthyn ar y Bryn," Mr. H. Evans, Penbryn and party; recitation, Dadl y Gwr ar Wraig," Mr. F. Powell, Glanrhydtynoeth and party: best pair of Men's Stockings, Mrs. Mason, Ystumtuen; tenor solo, xsugeiies y Wyddfa," Mr. H. Evans, Goginan; duett, "Ac yr oedd yn y Wlad Hono" (S. and B.,) Mr. J. A. Jenkins and Miss Davies, Aberystwyth;. "Darllen Difyfyr," Mr. R. Jones, Ystumtuen; recitation (for children under 16), best, Mr. W. Morris second, Miss L. M. James, Tyllwyd-isaf;. duett, "Lie Treigla'r Caveri," (R. S. Hughes), Messrs. J. H. Jenkins, Aberffrwd, and H. Evans, Goginan; Love Letter," Mr. D. Davies, Trisant;. Fion Gollen, Mr. D. Morgan, Goginan solo for those over 40 years Eifionydd Messrs. D. Davies, Ceunant, and W. Evans, Tyllwyd-isaf (equal); octette "Cenwch i Dduw," Air. H. Evans and party. The chief prize for the best rendering of Huna,. huna, blentyn lesu "was taken by the Penllwyn Choir-the only competitor; the conductor receiving a medal presented by Mr. W. Bitchell, Aberystwyth" Miss Jennie Jones A.L.C.M. very efficiently discharged the duties of accompanist and the committee was fortunate in having been able to secure her services. There was a crowded audience and the proceedings were carried out very satisfactorily.
LLANILAR. THE WELSH MILITARY HosPITAL.- In response to a request from Mrs Dr. Hughes, Cwrt-y-cadaw, who is acting on behalf of Mrs Dr. Harris, in pro- moting and appealing for support towards this worthy project in this district, a collection of ZI 6s 9-id was made last Sunday at the C.M. Chapel in aid of the Welsh Hospital for South Africa. Needless to say that Mrs Dr. Hughes is very grateful for the ready and generous response to her appeal. OBITUARY.—Mrs Jane Davies of Penrhiwficer, died suddenly on Monday morning after but a very brief illness. She was out and attended at the Chapel on Sunday, and later in the day complained of being unwell, and was attended by Dr. Rees, who is at present assisting Dr. Hughes. On Friday night the death took place of Mr Thos. Griffiths, Tynyfron, after a long illness. Deceased, who was a member at the C.M. Chhurch, leaves a widow and several children to mourn their loss. The funeral takes place to-day, Thursday, at Llanilar. The death also took place on Monday, of Mr. Nicholas Theophilus, Penlan, at the age of 82. EISTEDDFOD Y GROGLITI-I.-Syr, Caniatewch i mi ychydig ofod i ofyn ychydig gwestiynau mewn cysylltiad aIr uchod, y rhai a ofynir mwy o alar nag o ddigllonrwydd. 1. Ai buddiol ynte anfuddiol i'r ardal yw y cyfarfod blynyddol hwn, ac i ba raddau ? 2. A yw yr ystafell y cynhelir y cyfarfod ynddi yn add as at y pwrpas ? 3. A oes yno ddigon o eisteddleoedd ar gyfer y lluoedd a ddisgwylir, os nad oes, paham 1 4. Paham y diffoddir y rhan fwyaf o'r canwyllau cyn y byddo'r cwrdd agos drosodd ? 5. Beth am y gyfeddach ofnadwy a'r oferedd annuwiol sydcl yn cymeryd lie yn yr ardal y noson hono? Mewn geiriau byr-Ai cyfarfod moesol ynte llygredig yw eisteddfod y Groglith, Llanilar ? —Yr eiddoch, GWLADGARWR. PETTY SESSIONS.—These sessions were held on Friday last before Messrs J. E. Hughes and Thos. Griffiths-John Rowlands (sanitary inspector) charged J. G. Morgan, C.M. minister, Aberffrwd, Llanbadarn Upper, with refusing to comply with a notice of the Aberystwyth Rural Sanitary Authority to provide privy accommodation at New House, his property at Llanbadarn Upper on the 26th March last.—The case was dismissed on payment of costs. —Evan Evans, Farmer's Arms, Llanfibangel-y- creuddyn, licensed victualler, charged Henry Rees, labourer, Caeglas, and Evan Powell, Commins, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, with damaging a window at Farmer's Arms. The value not exceeding £ 5.— The case was adjourned till the 9th instant at Aberystwyth.—P.S. Thomas Phillips charged Anne Jane Williams, Felindre, Llanrhystyd, with selling milk from which 7 per cent. at least of cream bad been removed.—Fined 5s. and costs.—P.S. Thomas Phillips charged David Morgan, New Inn, Llan- ycbaiarn, with allowing two cows to stray on the highway on the 3rd of March last.—Fined 2s 6d including costs.—P.S. Phillips charged Thomas Morris, Waterloo Hotel, Aberystwyth, and David Lewis, Rhydvgellidywyll, with keeping a dog without a licenee.Tiie tormer case was dis- missed, and the latter dismissed on payment of costs.—The two cases adjourned at Llanilar on Friday last were tried on Monday last at Aber- ystwyth before Messrs D. Howells, and Thos. Griffiths, Evan Evans, Farmer's Arms, Llanfihangel- y-creurldyn, charged Henry Rees, Caeglas, and Evan Powell, Commins, Llanfihangel-y-creuddyn, with damaging a window.—Both were fined 5s each and to pay 5s each damage.