ABERYSTWYTH REMOVAL.-P.C. John Jenkins (23), who has been stationed in this town for nearly nine months, bas been removed to New Quay. PHOTOGRAPHY.—A variety of views of the pro- cessions on Saturday celebrating the relief of Mafeking are on view at the American Studio in Pier-street. j A TREAT TO SHOP ASSISTANTS.—Mr Gilbert Rogers and his troopers are holding their second entertain- ment at the Pavilion to-night. The programme is an attractive one and it is expected there will be a large attendance. ABERYSTWYTH MARKETS were held on Mondays as far back as 1555. Evidence of this fact will be found in an old document we repriut this week in our records of Cardiganshire. This is one of the earliest documents in existence relating to the county. t'> ARTIFICAL TEETH.—As will be seen by an advertisement in another, Mr James Rees, 4, Trinity-place, wishes to acquaint his numerous patrons that he has removed to more convenient premises at 30. Railway-terrace. GOOD TEMPLARS' PIC,, ic.-Tlie annual picnic of the members of the local Lodge of Good Templars was held on Wednesday afternoon, when a visit -was paid to Llanilar, the party being conveyed in brakes via Crosswood. Tea was provided at the former place, and an enjoyable afternoon was spent. INVALIDED HOME.—Private "Lul" Berry, son of Sergeant Berry, who has been serving with the South Wales Borderers in:South Africa, has been in- valided home, suffering from pneumonia in the left side. He arrived at Aberystwyth on Saturday night last, and will probably remain for about a month. SUDDEN DEATH.—John Jones, Penllwyn, working at Mr. John Jenkins' quarry, Queen's-road, died sudden- ly on Wednesday afternoon. He left the quarry, and not returning for an nnusual length of time, his fellow-workmen proceeded to look for him. After a search he was found lying dead on the bank at the top of the quarry. Death is attributed to heart disease. Deceased was 58 years of age. THE PAXTO.V SOCIETY.—At the meeting on Wednesday evening, a very instructive and com- prehensive paper on Cottage Gardening was read by Mr Hughes, Brynamlwg, who was highly complimented and cordially thanked for his valu- able and lucid contribution to the cognition of the Society. A paper on "Bee keeping "will be read by Mr Williams, of the Queen's Hotel Gardens, at the next meeting. FOOTBALL.—In consequence of their not playing a return match at Towyn last season, the Town Football Club have been lined £ 5. The action of the Welsh Association has given rise to much unsatis- factory comment, as the Town Club had expressed their readiness to play, and had even offered a date, but no reply was received from the Secretary at Towyn. It was also understood that the Football Club at Towyn was defunct at that time of the season. CASTLE GROUNDS.—Whilst the flower beds on the Castle Grounds are being replenished with the usual supply of budding plants, it would be well if the authorities would give their attention to the plot of land at the entrance from Great Darkgate- street. This plot has hitherto been left untouched, and as it is the receptacle for all kinds of rubbish it is a positive eyesore. The place is well adapted for a border, which could be made one of the most beautiful in the Castle Grounds. OUTING.—On Wednesday afternoon the members of the Portland-street Congregational Hand of Hope had their annual outing, being conveyed in brakes to Penrhyncoch. The members look forward with eagerness to this event, and being favoured with fine weather the outing this year proved a complete success, the children, and the adults who accompanied them, enjoying themselves thoroughly. This Band of Hope, which is under the superintendence of Mr. David Thomas, Nortligate House, is one of the best organised and most nourishing in the town, and its membership is considerable. GOOD T^MPLAKISM.—Public temperance meetings under the auspices of the High Temple of Wales of the I.O.G.T. and the Temparance Union of North Cardiganshire will be held at Aberystwyth on Wed- nesday next. Amongst the principal speakers will be Mr Joseph Malins, high chief templar of Wales Rev J. Pyper, of Ireland; Rev H. Barrow Williams, Llandudno Rev Rees Evans, Llanwrtvd Rev Morris Morgan, and the Rev H. J. Williams, The proceed- ings will include a large demonstration. MINISTERIAL.—At a largely attended meeting of the members of the English Presbyterian Chapel held last week, it was unanimously decided to invite the Rev A. Wynne Thomas, of New College. Edinburgh, to the pastorate of the Church. Mr Thomas who is a young man with a very promising career is an eminent scholar and thinker and a ■popular preachcr. He comes from a stock of famous Welsh Divines, being a son of the Rev. popular preacher. He comes from a stock of famous Welsh Divines, being a son of the Rev. Josiah Thomas, of Liverpool, and a nephew of Drs. Owen and John Thomas of the same place. ACCIDENT.—A man named John Lewis, living at Trefechan, met with a severe accident by falling over the quay wall at the Harbour at a late hour on Saturday night last. The accidant happened on the Penyranchor side, and the man was picked up by Evan Edwards, Rheidol-terrace, and John Williams, Rheidol-place, who secured a boat and rowed across the river from the South-terrace side. Lewis had sustained a number of scalp wounds, Tvhichbled freely he also received injury to one of his legs. He was afterwards conveyed on an im- provised stretcher to the Infirmary, were he was attended by Dr James, the house-surgeon. MARRIACE. On Wednesday morning the marriage was solemnized at the English Presby- terian Chapel, Bath-street, of Mr. F. W. Chandler, of Sheffield, and Miss Annie Ellis, Little Darkgate- street. The ceremony was performed by the Rev Lewis Ellis, uncle of the bride. The happy couple left by the 8.25 a.m. train for Matlock, where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride was the recipient of numerous presents amongst which was a beautiful timepiece and bronze ornaments, a gift presented by members of the English Presbyterian Sunday School where she had been for several years a faithful member and teacher. PETTY SESSIONS.—The weekly sessions were held at the Town Hall, on Wednesday, the presid- ing magistrates being the Mayor (Alderman C. M. Williams), Messrs T. Griffiths, E. P. Wynne, R J. Jones, and I. Hopkins.—Peter Kelly, Trefechan, painter, was charged with travelling on the Man- chester and Milford railway from Tregaron to Aberystwyth. without having previously paid his fare on the 14th inst.—A fine of 20s and costs was imposed.—For riding on a cart drawn by two horses without reins to guide the leading horse, John Owen, Chalybeate-court, was fined 2s 6d and costs.—David Williams, and John Lewis, St John's Buildings, were both bound over in the sum of Z2 to come up for judgment when called upon on the charge of being drunk and disorderly on Satur- day night last.—D. E. Lloyd, 369. Stradford-road, Spark Hall, Birmingham, was charged with neg- lecting to maintain his mother, now chargeable to to the common fund of the Abervstwytn Union. The magistrates made an order for the payment of 3s per week and costs.—John Phillips, Nortbgate-street. was fined Is; J. E. James, North- parade, 2s 6d; and William Jenkins, 5, Grays Inn- road, Is, each for allowing the chimneys of their houses to be on tire.—A temporary transfer of the licence uf [Île Hotel Cambria and Pier Pavilion was j granted from Miss Hindle to Mr Edens BADEN-POWELL RELIEF Fu.Ni.).-Councillor R. J. Jones, who takes a keen interest in this fund is anxious that all promised accounts should be speedily paid to him or at any of the banks. He has already secured a substantial sum, and is in hopes of increasing it to the amount of £50 before sending it away. Subscriptions have already been received from the following :-Alderman C. M. Williams (mayor), Messrs D. C. Roberts. Edward Evans, Rufus Williams, R. J. Jones, Dr T. D. Harries, Messrs H E. Bonsai 1, E. P. Wynne, F. R. Roberts, Hugh Hughes, D. M, Davies, J. Morgan, J. R. Rees. D. Roberts and Sons, Ltd., and J. Mathias and Sons, £ 1 Is each; Messrs T. Doughton T. Kilvington. L. Bcarne, R. E. Morgan, T. W. Powell, R. K. Jenkins. J. W. Jones, J. C. Rea, R. Peake, R. Doughton, P. Lobb, D. Ll. Lewis (National Provincial Bank), and J. E. Jones (auctioneer), 10s 6d each Messrs J. P. Thomas. H. H. Bonsall, R. Morgan, H. Woodall, Mrs Arthur Hughes. Dr Gilbertson, Messrs Gilbert Rogers, T. Griffiths. T. Mortimer Green. Chief Constable Howell Evans, R. C. Wilson, A. J. Hughes, and J. D. Perrott. 10s each; Messrs Rees Jones, Isaac Hopkins, J. T. Hill (Devil's Bridge), T. Hopkins, D. Samuel, D. Morgan. Amos Jones, Rev J. M. Lewis, Jones Parry, H. W. Owen, T. Morris, Owen (builder), and Taylor, 5s each; Bristol," Messrs John Lewis, W. R. Hall, R. Richards, Dr Morgan, Williams (L. & P. Bank), Pryse (Crystal Palace), Ji Richards, W. Hughes Jones, J. H. Edwards, and J. Vaughan Edwards, 2s 6d each.
Forthcoming Sales. On Friday Mr J. E. James will conduct an important sale at Fronfraith. Mr R. K. Jenkins will, on the same day offer St Michael's Vicarage for sale by auction. On Monday, the Aberllolwyn Estate will be put up for sale by Mr J. E. James. This Thursday evening, Messrs Daniel, Son, arid Meredith will continue their sale of furniture. Portions of the Crosswood Estate will be shortly offered for sale by Mr Daniel Lewis Jones, and Messrs Daniel, Son, and Meredith will next month conduct a highly important sale, when the Copper Mining Estate and freehold farm known as Cwm Einon will be put under their hammer. Einon will be put under their hammer.
Proposed Volunteer Corps. ANOTHER ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. A public meeting in furtherance of the movement for the formation of a volunteer corps at Aberystwyth was hold on Tuesday evening at the Town Hall. The attendance proved that the military ardour of the young men of the town has not abated one bit, and the proceedings were marked with the greatest enthusiasm. Amongst those present were Mr. D. C. Roberts (ex-mayor), Major Hugh Bonsall, Messrs. R. J. Jones, R. Peake, G. Fossett Roberts, J. C. Rea, R. K. Jenkins, L. Bearne, and Evans. Mr. D. C. Roberts was unanimously proposed as chairman, and although suffering from a throat affection, which made it impossible for his remarks to be heard by the whole audience, lie kindly accepted the position. Mr. J. C. Rea was then called upon to inform the meeting as to the steps taken by the executive com- mittee since the previous meeting held on January 23rd. He said that several meetings had been held, and they had taken into consideration the possibility of forming a corps, and whether it would be artillery or infantry. They had also been in communication with the Lord Lieutenant of the County, who had suggested that he should be consulted in the matter. That gentleman has corresponded with the authorities with the view to the formation of a county battalion, in which Aberystwyth could join. They found great difficulties in the way of carrying out that idea, and at the end of some little time they decided, as far as they were concerned, to throw aside the idea of a county battalion, and to endeavour to form a corps for Aberystwyth alone. They suggested that course to Colonel Davies-Evans, and consulted Mr. V. Davies, their Parliamentary representative. That gentleman heartily agreed with their suggestion, and came down from London on purpose to attend a meeting of the committee. It was then decided to form a divisional brigade of artillery. They went into the matter carefully, and found the difficulties of forming an infantry corps unsurmountable. There would be the difficulty of securing a range, and they would also have to be attached to a battalion frcm another county, and that, after past experience, they wished to avoid. If they could find sufficient members they now proposed to form three batteries of artillery, which would give Aberystwyth a corps independent of any other regiment (applause). Proceeding, Mr Rea said the chief difficulty they had to contend with was to find a gentleman in the county to come for- ward as commanding officer. It was mentioned that a gentleman in the county was well-qualifled in ererv wav, and it had been announced in the town, and "they would be too glad to hear it, that Major Hugh Bonsall had come to the rescue, and with him there would be no difficulty in floating the scheme (loud cheers). Major Bonsall then rose to propose the first resolu- tion, and he was received with three hearty cheers. He said his first pleasant duty was to move the following resolution: "That an artillery corps be formed, and that the necessary steps be taken with the view to obtaining the sanction of tbe War Office" (applause). Major Bonsall said his second pleasant duty was to thank the whole town for the very great honour they had paid him in asking him to take command of the volunteers of Aberystwyth (cheers). lie assured them that he felt it a very great honour and a great responsibility, and he only hoped lie would be able to carry it out successfully fapplause], and that they would be able to form an artillery corps in this town second to none in the United Kingdom (loud cheers). He knew he had the material, and it required very little shaping to make them as smart as any regiment in the county. What they thought of doing that evening was to enrol all those who were willing to join the regiment, irre- spective of height, for they would not be able to decide on that matter. Probably an adjutant would come down, and the men would have to pass a med- ical officer. So all they wanted to do that evening was to take the names of those willing to join. In conclusion, Major Bonsall said he felt very pruud to see such bright faces around him, and men who, he had no doubt, would be ready at any moment to march to Pretoria (laughter and loud cheers). Mr L. Bearne having seconded the resolution, it was put to the meeting and carried with acclama- tion. Mr R. K. Jenkins then proposed the re-election of the old committee, with the addition of the names of Major Hugh Bonsall and Mr Arthur J. Hughes, to arrange the details to be forwarded to the War Office. Councillor R. Peake seconded, and this was unani- mously agreed to. Mr G. Fossett Roberts proposed that Mr Arthur J. Hughes, who had rendered valuable assistance in t: ,e movement, be appointed hon. sec., and Mr C. Massey as sec. Mr J. C. Rea having seconded, this was carried, and Mr Fossett Roberts was also appoidted treasurer on the proposition of Mr R. Peake, seconded by Major Bonsall. After a vote of thanks had been accorded the chair. man, the names of all those prepared to join the corns was then taken, the number enrolled being 132.
DYFFRYN. CONCERT.—On Friday a very successful concert was given in aid of the Welsh Hospital for South Africa. The meeting was ably presided over by Mr Prys Owen, J.P., and the claims of the movement were well set forth by Dr. Williams. Those taking part were the Misses Owen, Glanafon, Misses E. Williams, J. Griffith, A. Jones, J. E. Davies, Mr Furlonc, Master R. Wynne, and the school children. The concert was throughout of a good class, and every item was well rendered. Master R. Wynne did well in the "The Crossing Sweeper." and the boys gave a vigorous rendering of "The Volunteers." A party of girls, trained by Miss E. Williams, the Iniants' Mistress, sang with remark- able precision and intonation a pretty action song, entitled "The Milk Maids." Mr Furlong, of Dolgelley, a highly-talented comic singer, delighted the audience immensely. The concert was organised by Mr. Roberts, the master of the Board School, and it is understood a substantial sum has been realised.
Birtbs, Marriages and Deaths. MARRIAGES. CHANDLEU-ELLIs-At the English Calvinistic Chapel, Aberystwyth, by the Rev Lewis Ellis, in the pre- sence of the Rev W. Jones, Mr F. W. Chandler, Meersbrook, Norton, to Miss Annie Ellis, of this town. DEATHS. LFwis-May 18th, at Waunfawr, Evan James Lewis, son of John Lewis. carrier, aged 18 days. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGE REES, at the WELSH GAZETTE" Printeries Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County of Cardigan. Thursday, May 24th, 1900.
The Queen's Birthday. This (Thursday) afternoon will be recognised in the town as a General Half-Holiday, in honour of the Queen's Binhclav, The Mayor has issued a notice requesting all tradesmen to close their premises at one o'clock.
ABERAYRON. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A meeting of this Council was held on Thursday last, present, Mr J. T. Evans (chairman), Rev Evan Morris (vice- chairman), Rev John Davies, Messrs Evan Lewis, J. R. Evans, J. H. Jones, D. Griffiths, B. C. Jones (clerk), and J. Watkins (surveyor.)—On the motion of Mr J. H. Jones, seconded by Mr D. Griffiths, the Rev John Davies, was re-appointed chairman of the Public Works Committee.—Councillor J. H. Jones 'proposed that the rate for the current half year be as before, viz., Is in the Z. The Rev E. Morris seconded, and the motion was carried. Bill were presented from Messrs John Rees, draper, and John J. Davies, painter, for £6 13s 2id and 12s 6A respectively and these were ordered to be paid. GYMAXFA G-ANu,-On Thursday last the Con- gregationalists of Aberayron and district held their annual musical festival at Peniel, Aberayron. The conductor was Mr T. Glvndwr Richards, Mountain Ash. The churches represented were those of Aberayron, Neuaddlwyd, Llanon, Nebo, Llwyn- celyn, Mydroilyn and Dihewyd. The chair was taken at the morning service by the Rev J. Howell, Llwyncelyn. A paper on the advantages of sing- ing and the instruction of children in the sol-ffa was read by Mr J. O. Davies, Neuaddlwyd. The afternoon meeting was under the presidency of the Rev J. Gwilym Evans. At intervals appropriate addresses were delivered by the Chairman, Mr E. H. Davies, J.P., Ton, Pentre, and the Rev. M. Griffiths, Maenygroes. The Rev J. Thomas, Llanon, occupied the chair at the evening meeting, when an aotdress was delivered by the Rev J. Davies (B). At the conclusion of the service the Chairman thanked the ladies who bad presided at the har- monium and piano, viz., Miss Hughes, L.C.M., R.A.M., Park View; Miss Harries, Panteg; and Miss Kate Jenkins, Llanon, and also Miss Bessie Lewis. Aberayron, who beautifully sang Y Gar- dotes Fach." Mr J. O. Davies, Neuaddlwyd, energetically carried out the duties of secretary. The attendance at the afternoon and evening meetings was very large. and the singing (through- out the day was of a high order.
TREGARON. SHEEP FAIRS.—The sheep fairs which are held every Tuesday during the month of May com- menced on Tuesday week. At the fairs already held good prices have, on the whole been realised. Grass in the valleys and mountain districts is now plentiful, consequently, the sheep are in a fairly good condition. It is expected that prices will im- prove again, if the weather keeps fine and showery. Prices this week were decidedly better than last week. COUNTY SCHOOL.—On May 10th, Mr Owen Owen, H.M.s chief inspector, paid a visit of inspection to the County School. In the evening he met the mem- bers of the Governing Body, and congratulated them on their fine school buildings, and upon the manner in which the grounds had been laid out. SCHOOL BOARD.—A meeting of the Tregaron U.D. School Board was held Friday evening last when there were present Messrs E. C. Evans (chair- man), J. Thomas, J. Edwards, and Timothy Evans. The minutes having been read and confirmed the tenders received for painting, etc. at the master's house, Castell Flemish, were considered.—After a lengthy discussion, it was decided, owing to the small attendance to adjourn the meeting for a week.—A number of bills were presented, and cheques were ordered to be drawn in payment thereof. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the Tregaron Board of Guardians was held on Tuesday at the Town Hall, when there were present Mr Evan Evans, Lledrod Lower (chairman), presiding; Messrs D. William, Bettws Leiki; D. J. Williams and Richard James, Caron Lower; Richard Jones, Caron Upper; David Davies, Gorwydd; John Jones, Gwnnws Upper; John Owen, Llanbadarn; Peter Davies, Llangeitho; Rev T. R. Morgan, Lledrod Upper; Lewis Oliver, Ysbytty; Charles Jenkins, Ystrad Meurig; with Jenkin Lloyd (clerk), Dr Morgan and Dr Lloyd (medical officers), Morgan Morgans (master), and Rees Rowlands (relieving officer), The Master reported that the number in the House the first week of the past fortnight was 28 and the second week 26, as compared with 28 and 26 respectively the corresponding periods last year. Eight vagrants were relieved the first week and six the second. Mr Rees Rowlands (relieving officer) reported that the amount of out-relief distributed during the first week was P,19 12s Od to 135 "paupers, and the second week a similar amount to a similar number of paupers. The Clerk read a communication from Mr Rowlands, Argoed, acknowledging the receipt of, the letter conveying the vote of condolence passed by the Guardians. The communication received from Dr Morgan, as to the medical officers salaries, published in exte'/iso in our in our issue of a fortnight ago, again came on for discussion. Mr David Davies proposed that the matter be further adjourned, in order to see whether the decision arrived at by the Rural Dist,-ict' Council would be confirmed by the Local Government Board. This was seconded, and unanimously agreed to. The Relieving Officer was directed to secure a list of paupers within the Union printed, and have copies of the same distributed amongst the members. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the Rural District Council was held immediately following the meeting of the Board of Guardians. Mr David Davics presided. The Chairman reported that the committee ap- pointed had visited Cefngar road, accompanied by the surveyor (Mr Tregoning), with the object of taking it over from the Parish Council. The road was found in proper repair, and the farmers in that neighbourhood were willing to supply stones, and give the cartage free, for the future maintenance of the road.—After some discussion, it was decided on the proposition of the Chairman, seconded by the Rev T. R. Morgan, that the road be taken over by this Council. The surveyor (Mr. Tregoning) reported upon a dangerous spot on the road leading to Tivy Pools, and said he had received complaints from people who visited that locality for fishing. There was a big rock in the road, and lie suggested that the Council go to the expense of P.4 in removing this and improving the road. Mr. Oliver contended that the money should be spent on the road leading from Bedolfa towards Claerddu River, as improvements were required there. Mr. John Jones was of opinion that the work should be carried out, and probably they would get a grant towards the road from Mr. Price. He would would propose that the surveyor's suggestion be carried out. Mr. Peter Davies seconded, and this was agreed to. At the suggestion of the surveyor (Mr. Morgan Jones), the Council agreed to an expenditure of E12 for improving and levelling the Brynffynon Hill.
LAMPETER. GOLF.—At the monthly competition for the gold medal in connection with the Lampeter Golf Club held last Saturday at the Gilvin Links we are pleased to note that the winner was Dr E. C. Davies, Millfield. CYCLING.—The Lampeter Cycling Club, had their opening run, to Pumpsaint on Wednesday of last week under the conductorship of Mr A. R. T. Jones, captain. Few attended but nevertheless they enjoyed themselves immensely. After a visit had been paid to the Og-ofall Gold mines the party sat down to tea at the Dolecothi Arms. A return was made about 7 p.m. FROM THE WAR.—The Mayor has recently re- ceived a copy of the "East London Daily Dispatch," dated 23rd April last, from some unknown person in South Africa, which paper contains an account of a fight at Jammersburg Drift between the Colonial Division under Colonel Dalgety and the Boers, and in the list of casualties is Private Walter Davies of the Kaffrarian Rifles, reported killed. The sender of the paper, who evidently is in some way connected with Lampeter, has marked the name out and written along the paragraph, Is it that Henry of Lampeter, son of Margaret Joseph, whose name was Walter LI. Davies." The late Mrs. Margaret Joseph, who died in March of last year, had a son of the name of Walter Davies at Johannesburg, in business as a cutter, and from a card received by a sister from him at Christmas last it would appear that he had removed to East London, but whether he and the person reported are one and the same is so far not clear. CIGARETTE SMOKING—The Lampeter School Board are much concerned to find that the very injurious habit of cigarette smoking has become very prevalent among the boys of their Day School, and at their last meeting (a report of which appears in another column), they decided to request the several ministers of religion and Sunday School teachers in the town to do their utmost to discoun- tenance the evil practice. This is what the late Sir Morell Mackenzie (who was a high authority upon the subject), said about cigarette smoking :— Like tippling, the effect of cigarette smoking is cumulative, and the slight but constant absorption of tobacco juice and smoke makes the practice far more noxious, in the long run, than any other form of smoking. Cigarette smokers-those, at least, who inhale the smoke-are often in a state of chronic narcotic poisoning, and though the process may be slow, there can be little doubt that it is sure. Even if it does not kill the body it too often kills, or greatly impairs the work, efficiency, and usefulness in life. The local effects of cigarettes in the mouth must also be taken into account by those whose work lies in the direction of public speech. The white spots on the tongue and inside of the cheeks, known as 'smokers' patches, are believed by some doctors with special experience to be more common in devotees of the cigarette than in other smokers; this unhealthy condition of the mouth may not only make speaking troublesome, or even painful, but it is now proved to be a predisposing cause of cancer. All fiery or pungent foods, condi- ments, or drinks, tend to cause congestion of the throat, and if this condition becomes chronic it may lead to impairment, if not complete loss, of voice." SCHOOL BOARD. An adjourned meeting was held on the 17th inst. Present-Rev D. Jones, chairman (presiding), Rev Evan Evans, vice-ehairman, Rev R. C. Jones, Mr J. E. Lloyd, Mr. J. Jones and Mr Thos. Lloyd, clerk. ADDITIONAL TEACHER. Daniel Thomas, of Cilycwm, was appointed an additional teacher at St. Peter's Boys' School. ST. PETER'S BOYS' SCHOOL. The communcations received with reference to this school having been read, it was resolved that the question of erecting a new school be considered at the next meeting, and that the clerk should, in the meantime, ascertain from Mr J. C. Harford whether he would be willing to sell about three- quarters of an acre of land on the south side of Peterwell-terrace as- a site for a Boys' School, and, if he will, upon what terms. DAMAGE TO SCHOOL WINDOWS. It was resolved to take proceedings against cer- tain persons for damage to the school windows, and that the police be asked again to assist in the de- tection of offenders. BREACH OF BYE-LAWS. The attendance-officer was directed to take pro- ceedings against John Price, of Boidie, for the non- attendance at school of his son, John Price. CIGARETTE SMOKING. It having come to the ears of the Board that the very injurious habit, of cigarette smoking has be- come very prevalent among the boys attending the Day School, it was resolved to request the several ministers of religion and Sunday school teachers in the town to do their utmost to discountenance the practice. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. A meeting of the Board was held on Friday, the 18th inst. Present: Mr David Davies, Velindre, chairman; Rev R. C. Jones, Lampeter Messrs. T. H. R. Hughes, Neuaddfawr: Lewis Davies, Gelly; J. G. Marsden, Dyffryn; John Davies, Lampeter; David Davies, Tyncoed; Evan Davies, Blaenau- gwenog William Jones, Gelligarneddau William Edwards, Cwmcanol; David Evans, Cilgell; James Jones, Caerau; and Evan Davies, Llystyn; Drs Abel Evans and E. C. Thomas, medical officers, and Mr D. Lloyd, clerk. OUT-RELIEF, &C. The amount 'of out-relief administered during the past fortnight was as follows :-Lampeter dis- trict, per Mr David Parry, £ 35 8s 6d to 133 paupers; and Llanybyther district, per Mr David Evans, iZl9 16s 3d to 130 paupers. Number in the House, 19, corresponding week last year, 17. Vagrants relieved during the past fortnight, 19, corresponding period last year, 37. REPORT. The Master reported as follows :-(1) That David Byron Lewis was admitted into the House on the 6th inst. by order of David Evans, relieving officer. This man is often in and out of the House, having been admitted twelve times since November 28th, 1899, and in April, 1893, an order for his removal to the Llandilo Union was made, bnt he discharged himself when about being taken over there. (2) Joseph Gwydyr, aged 98 years, was admitted into the House on the 17th inst. by order of the Chair- man. Referring to the man Byron Lewis, Dr Evans said he belonged to the Llandilo Union, but he was continually in the House here. He believed a short term at Carmarthen Gaol would do Byron good. Vagrants seemed to be very fond of coming here. He refused admittance to one applicant yesterday. There was no sense in persons of this class coming here from North Wales to die. The Clerk said the Board could proceed against Byron Lewis under the Vagrant Act. They seem to make Lampeter a city of refuge. Mr James Jones asked why was not Byron Lewis treated as the tramps were. Mr. John Davies: Yes,-and place him in the vag-rant cells. The Master explained that when he received an order for the admittance of a person into the House he had no option but to comply with it. Lewis was, he believed, going to discharge himself on Monday next. VACCINATION. The vaccination officer Mr. David Parry said he had received from Dr. Davies two certificates signed by himself that his two children were not in a fit state to be vaccinated, as one was "Suffering from amcmia and the other from neurasthenia. The vaccination officer was directed to see Dr. Davies to ask him if he would consent to an independent medical man to examine and certify whether the children were fit to be vaccinated or not, and' if he would not, to summon him. OVERSEERS. The Board not having received appointment of overseers for the undermentioned parishes, appointed the following to that 'office viz:— Lampeter Urban, Messrs. Evan -Davies, Beech House, and Daniel Evans, Grantham House Lampeter Rural—Messrs Herbert Thomas Pen- pompren and David Evans, Berthlwyd; Llanwnen— Messrs Jenkin Jenkins Blaenwaunucha, and Evan Davies, Tirbach. The overseers for the other parishes and notices of whose appointments had been given are as follows :-lkttws Blellrws- Messrs David James, Tynrhos, and Walter Davies Derry Lodge; Cellan-Watkin Davies Caeronen, and Tom Davies, Pistilleinon; Llanfairclydogau— John Davies Gellyddyfod, Jonathan Williams, Pentre and David Lloyd, Frondale; Llang bi- ly Evan Evans, Llwynrhelig, and William Williams, Glandulas-issa; Llanwenog—John Hughes Cefnr- huddlanganol, and John Daniel Clynrbelig; Silian —William Williams Gorwydd and John Dudley Penprisk; Trefilan-Wïlliam Davies Troedrhiw, and Edward Evans Cilbwn; Llanybyther—William Oliver, Brynllofach, and David Lloyd, Esgeronen- fawr; Llanllwni-Evan Jones, Perthyberllan, and Evan Morgans Dolauduon Llanycrwys- Thomas Davies Tycanol and Thomas Edwards Camnant; Llanfihangelrhosycorn-William James Hendre- Einon, and Benjamin Davies Esgergarn; Pencarreg -John Davies Maesbach, William Evans Teify Castle, and Thomas Thomas Maestile. LLANYBYTHER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of the Llanybyther Rural District Council which was to be held on this day was adjourned to the 1st proximo for the consideration of the various water schemes now in hand and other important matters.
PENYGARN. RE-OPENING SERVICES.—The meetings in con- nection with the re-opening of the Penygarn Cal- vinistic Methodist Chapel, were held last Thursday evening and the following Friday throughout the day. The chapel has been thoroughly restored, and is now doubtless one of the most satisfactory edifices for public worship in the county. The architect was Mr J. A. Jones, Queen's-road, Aber- stywyth, and the contractors Messrs Thomas Jones & Son, Dole. Both parties are to be congratulated on the success that has attended their respective works. The restoration has been very extensive, and, with the exception of the gallery, has touched almost every part of the building. The floor and the ceiling have been entirely reconstructed; new and better windows have replaced the old ones; the gallery has been painted and varnished; and the outside front has been furnished with a coat of grey plaster, which gives a grave and dignified ap- pearance to the edifice. Mr William Morgan, Garn House, deserves special mention for the time and thought he has devoted to the work of renovation. The cushions on the seats in the deacon's pew are also the gift of Mrs Morgan, Garn House. The ministers that officiated at the re-opening meetings were the Rev M. H. Ellis. Trealaw; Rev D. R. Williams, Aberystwyth; Rev S. T. Jones, Rhyl; and the Rev D. Lloyd Jones, M.A., Llandinam. The preaching was throughout powerful and was listened to by large and attentive audiences. The singing, which is a special feature of the church, was also good, and was conducted by Messrs J. T. Rees, (Muc. Bac.), Bronceiro, and Tom Jones, Cross-street. Much good work has been done in the past by the church, and the two ministers, who are members, have rendered valuable service. With its re-npening, the church, it is hoped, will enter upon new career of usefulness and spiritual minÜ, ition in the neighbourhood. The next im- porta., step doubtless will be the appointment of t pasto. -a step which would be in keeping with the age, and which would widen and deepen the influ- ence of the church.
MACHYNLLETH. INSPECTION.—Mr. A. Bell, M.A., Oxford and of the Central Welsh Board will conduct an inspection at the County School on June 19th. APPOINTMENT. —Mr. Maldwyn Humphreys, R.A.M., has been appointed a tenor vocalist at the National Eisteddfod to be held in Liverpool. SHEEP FAIR.—The annual sheep fair was held on Saturday last. There was a good attendance of dealers and farmers, sheep were scarce, and the' prices were low. CRICKET.—The match between Machynlleth and Towyn has been postponed owing to the relief of Mafeking. Next Saturday the team will play Ceredigion on the Plas grounds. Success.—Many of her friends will be pleased to learn that Miss Florence Williams daughter of Dr. Williams has succeeded in passing the elementary examination of the Associated Board of the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal College of Music. OTTER HOUNDS.—Mr. Buckley's otter hounds ar- rived in town on Tuesday morning, but owing to the high water in the Dovey, the hunt had to be post- poned for a few days. REPORTED ACCIDENT.-Miss Gwennie Ashton, Nor- thampton House, writes as follows: "I wish to correct the statement of the narrow escape which you have reported in the "Welsh Gazette." I neither went headlong into the hedge, nor lost control of my ma- chine. I did not dismount from off the machine until I got to a level road." OBITUARY.—The death took place on Monday even- ing at his residence, Birmingham House, of Mr John Morris, after an illness of several months. The de- ceased was fifty years of age, and the son of Mr John Morris, Abercegir. He was much respected by all in the district, and the news of his death cast a gloom over the whole town. He carried on business as a general retaile4 of furniture and ironmongery in Doll- street. The deceased leaves a wife and two children to mourn their coss. CYCLING CLUB.—A correspondent wishes to know what has become of the Cycling Club? Several runs have been arranged to take place during the month, but not one has yet taken place. Is this to be the same as the other clubs a bad start and a good end ? URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A special meeting of the above Council was held on Thursday last at the Town Hall. The Mayor, Mr. John Thomas presided. The Clerk stated that an estimate for the year had been submitted to the previous meeting and the total amount required would be £1,034; for which a rate of 3s. 6d. in the £ was required. The rate was approved of. TEST CONCERT.—A concert, organised by the Graig United Choir in order to raise the necessary funds to enable the choir to compete at the Royal National Eisteddfod to be held at Liverpool in September, was held on Wednesday evening week at the Town Hall. Mr D. E. R. Griffith, L. & P. Bank, occupied the chair, and the meeting was conducted by the Rev. D. T. Hughes, curate. The duties of secretary were ably performed by Mr John Lumley, who is to be congratulated on the success of the undertaking. The arduous duties of accompanist were ably performed by Miss C. J. Williams, who did her part without a hitch. Mr J. Williams, of Carnarvon, was the musical adjudi- cator, and gave entire satisfaction. Previous to the meeting a preliminary test was held, when 12 singers appeared, cut of whom eight were chosen to sing on the platform. After a hard contest the first prize was awarded to Miss Frances Lewis, who sang There's a land (Allitsen). Miss Lewis is a very promising soprano, and has the elements of a successful singer. The second prize was awarded to Mr Ellis Jones, Corris, who sang The Niagara' (Dr Parry). Then followed the chief event of the' evening, for which some of the best singers in Wales had entered, and sang in the following order:— 1, Is not His word like a fire," Mr Haydn Jones; 2, Hear ye Israel," Miss Mary Lumley 3, Lead kindly light," Arthur Davies, Cefn Mawr; 4, "My Hope," E. M. Evans, Barmouth; 5, Star of Bethlehem," Theo. John 6, How vain is man," Tenorydd Peris; 7, Lord preserve me," Joe Howells; 8, 0 Lord, have mercy," Emrys. The adjudication was as follows :—No. 1. Sang much too slow. Movement at letter A very faulty; too much variety in 'expression the soft parts taken much too soft compared with the loud parts; forcing too much; last movement ineffective; fairly good rendering.—No. 2. Possessed a splendid voice, but the vocalisation was not even; C sharp note left out; recit too harsh; allegro movement too slow accent was overdone in some parts, also breathing in improper places; chief fault was the vocalisation; barring that a very good rendering.— No. 3. Had an excellent voice, singing from beginning to end like a man who knows what be is singing; a truly masterful rendering throughout; not a single mistake.—No. 4. Good voice; too much liberty taken with the time; accent overdone throughout; triplets not correct; forcing too much from page 19 to end of page 20; good rendering. No. 5. Voice not cultivated, but singing first two verses in good style; time very faulty.—No. 6. A very good voice semi-quavers too indistinct in the runs; accents in wrong place too much varia- tion when it was not required; run on word gigantic not clear; vocalisation rather uneven.— No. 7. Very good voice but had mistaken the feeling of the song throughout much too harsh from beginning to end; English words not clear enough the proper feeling was not done at all.— No. 8. Good voice, and rendering from beginning to end a lesson to singers:in the way a prayer ought to be sung; a very careful and masterful rendering throughout. There is no doubt as to the two best. The first prize goes to No. 3. Mr Arthur Davies, Cefn Mawr (who was presented with the cup by Mrs Griffiths, L. '& P. Bank) the second prize goes to No. 8, Mr Wm. Roberts, Bangor. A son,, having been given by Mr Arthur Davies, the meeting terminated. A sum of £18 has been realised. MUSICAL FESTIVAL.—The annual singing festival of the Wesleyan of the Machynlleth and district was held at the Tabernacle Chapil on Saturday last. The district comprises the following, Sheilo, Corris, Tycerrig, Abercegir, Eglwysfacb, Penegoes, Glasbwll, Derwenlas, and Blaenpant. There was a large attendance, and the singing was of a high standard. The meetings were pre- sided over by Revs T. Parry, Tycerrig, and Evan Isaac, Conls; amd D. Darley Davies, respectively. The singing was conducted by Mr H. R. Humphreys. The duties of accompanists were ably performed by Miss Humphreys, Cwmlline, and Miss Lizzie Evans, Machynlleth, Messrs James Griffiths, Corris, and W. O. Jones carried out the duties of secretaries in a creditable manner. At the morning meeting certificates of merit were awarded to tho success- ful candidates in biblical work. The highest in each of the four standards were 1st, Willie Pugh, Eglwysfach; 2nd standard, 1st, D. Emrys Lewis, Machynlleth 3rd standard, 1st, Misses Vaughan and Jones, Abercegir, equal; 4th standard, 1st, Miss M. J. Junes, Corris. The certificates were awarded by Mr W. Vaughan, Abercegir, Mr J. Pugh, Dr Edward Rees, J.P., and Rev Parry, Ty- cerrig. The following hymns,were sung :—" Ty fy N had'" "Plant Jerusalem," "Mynydd Bach Calfaria," Cenwch i Dduw," Bryngoleu," "Horeb," "Waterstock," "Windham," "Lancashire," Pontypridd," "Lleilfair," Pax Dei," Redhead," Clifton," Hosanna," Tyddyn Llwyn," "Veinna," Pwy yw y rbai hyn," Daionus yw'r Arglwydd i Bawb." The meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks to the accompanists, conductor, and the officers.
BARMOUTH. SIGNS OF PROGRESS—The appearance of two motor tricycles in the town on Friday were the objects of much curiosity. The machines can travel at the rate of twenty miles an hour. ACCIDENT.—On Thursday morning as a loaded coal waggon was being shunted to a siding to be unloaded into the gas works-the waggon at the time going at a good speed-one of the men em- ployed at the works ran to put the brake on, and was knocked against the vdMl, and so badly hurt, that he had to be carried Wme, and was found to be much bruised. He is now progressing favour- ably, and is expected to recover in a few days. A FREE GIFT OF LAND.—The Urban District Council lately applied to the deacons of the Caresalem C. M. Chapel for a portion of the land in front of their chapel to widen the main road and that free of charge. The deacons it seems have acquiesced to this application, and have given the land free of charge on condition that the council rebuild the wall, and concrete the entrance to the chapel. It was reported in a contemporary a few weeks ago that the officials of Caersalem had refused to entertain the council's application. Tha t report was premature and incorrect. ANOTHER ACCIDENT.—In consequence of laying new drain pipes along the main road for the extension of the sewerage towards Llanaber, the road from Hanlith-terrace, as far as Hendremynach had to be diverted for vehicle traffic and the old road up the hill had to be made use of. On Friday morning a waggon with three horses loaded with iron hurdles was proceeding towards Llanbedr when on entering this road at a sharp curve the waggon came in contact with the gate post knocking a portion of it down. After being relieved of this mishap and when half-way up the hill the horses shied and turned across the road, when all of a sudden the waggon and contents were upset. When the accident occured there were a number of people going up in that direction and in close proximity to the waggon, and it is a wonder that none were injured. After some difficulty and loss of time, the waggon and horses were released and proceeded towards their destination, neither horses nor waggon having had any damage. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly sessions were held on Friday last, at the Police Station. The magistrates present were Dr H J. Lloyd in the chair, Messrs. Lewis Lewis, W. J. Morris, Ellis Wilkins, and John Evans. LARCENY.—Harry Richards, a boy of about eleven years of age, son of Mr John Richards, Panty- rhenerw, Arthog, was charged by Sergt. Breeze, with having stolen three mole traps, valued 4s. 6d., the property of David Davies, mole catcher, from the field of the Arthog Hall Estate. Defendant pleaded guilty, and the father was bound over in the sum of of £5 to bring up the boy for judgment if called upon, and to pay 9s. 6d. and costs. DRUNKENNESS.—Bunch May Taylor, a gipsy, was charged by Sergt. Breeze with having been drunk and indecent in High-street on the 12th inst. Defendant did not appear. Supt. Jones stated that the defend- ant had been tried in almost every court in North Wales from drunkenness up to manslaughter. A fine of 10s and costs was imposed. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.—P.C. Roberts charged Robert Jones, Pencei, witn having bc!'n drunk and disorderly in Church Lane on the 12th inst. Defend- ant pleaded guilty, and he was fined 2s 6d and 9s 6d costs. BREACH OF THE EDUCATION ACT.—Mr John Lloyd, clerk of the school board, charged Anne Jones, Pen- cei, and Laura Morris, Glyndwr-terrace, with not sending their children regularly to school. A fine of 5s including costs each was imposed. TRANSFER. Robert Jones Griffith, solicitor, Dolgelley, applied for the transfer of the licence of Tynycoed Buildings from Mr Robert Evans to Mr Albert EdwardRose. The police offered no objection, and the application was granted. AppoiNTMENT.-Ser,-t. Breeze was appointed an inspector under the Explosives Act for the division of Ardudwy-is-Artro.
BALA. COUNTY COURT.—The Bi-monthly County Court was held on Friday last before His Honour Judge William Evans. A number of uncontested cases were disposed of by the Registrar. The only contested case that came before the Judge was one in which Mr. W. T. Roberts, Meirion House, Bala, claimed £4 Os. 6d. from the Great Western Railway Com- pany for damages caused by injuries to his mare, and the veterinary surgeon's fee. Mr. J. R. Jordan acted for the plaintiff, and the defendant Company were represented by Mr. Arthur Lewis, Wrexham. In opening the case, Mr. Jordan said the evidence of negligence would be abundant. The mare. instead of being loaded at the place provided for the purpose, was actually loaded on the public platform, and the horse box stood there without any protection at either end-no trucks before or behind it, and the result was that there being only one porter there attempting to load the mare, and he being inexperienced as he Mr. Jordan was in- formed, the mare fell on the rails at the rear of the horse box, and was too lame to go to Wrexham that day. He gave notice to the Company that day of his claim, and Mr. Grant wrote on the 27th January stating that he had enquired into the case, but could not find that the Company was in .any way liable for the mishap. The mare was kept in the plaintiff's stables for about seven weeks until she recovered, and the next sale she was taken to Wrexham and sold there. His client did not claim for o.ny permanent injury, although the mare did not realize what she was expected to do on the first occasion. What they claimed was 10s. per week 'for seven weeks for her keep, and 10s. 6cL, the veterinary surgeon's fees. Mr W. T. Roberts, the plaintiff, said he remembered ordering a horse box for the mare in January last. He wanted to send her by the first train in the morning. He reached the station about 7.15 a.m., the mare was there before him with his man. His man was just coming down from the Warehouse, where they usually truck horses to the passenger platform. When plaintiff got there he saw a horse box on the up platform. There were no trucks attached; it stood alone. He saw one porter on the platform. He inquired who was responsible for trucking the mare, and the porter replied I am." The mare was handed over to him, and he (the porter) tried to box her several times. The lids on the top of the box were flapping backwards and forwards, and every time he brought the mare there she got frightened. After several trials be sent for a sack to cover her head. He bit her with the bridle reins; she backed, and went clean over on to the line. Plaintiff observed the animal was quite lame, and Mr Evans, veterinary surgeon came up, and he was asked to examine her. She was taken to the stable, where she was kept for seven weeks or more until the next sale. She realised 32 guineas at the sale. In answer to further ques- tions plaintiff said he saw horses unloaded on the passenger platform, but never saw any loaded there. To load them there was decidedly dangerous with- out any protection at either end. He did not think tbe porter had bad any experience.—Cross- examined by Mr Lewis When did you order this truck It was very nearly a week previous. When I went there on the morning in question the horse box was near the passenger platform. The horse arrived 7 a.m., and not 7.20 a.m.—You helped the man with the horse ?—The first time, he said per- haps she knows you. I jugt got hold of her and patted her. I said to the man are you responsible for trucking the mare, and he said yes.—Who sug- gested the coat I-I didn't, I think it was the porter. I paid lls on the contract for the truck, and after- wards received the money back. I did not write cancelled on the consignment note. I sent Lhe mare to Wrexham by road next time. Re- examined: I did not write the word" cancelled" on the consignment note. Nothing was said to me about being late.—Edward Roberts, a servant in the employ of the plaintiff also gave evidence as to trucking the mare at the station.—In cross- examination witness said he did not help in the loading. There were no carriages attached to the horse box either in front or behind.—Edward Evans, M.R.C.V.S., practising at Bala, said he was going with the down train when the accident took place. The mare was standing still on the platform. Mr Roberts asked him to examine her. He did so, and found that she was lame. The wounds were fresh. He told plaintiff she was not fit for sale, 1 and directed him to send her to the stable. He examined her again, and she was then lamer, and showed signs of pain.— Cross-examined: Never saw horses loaded at the passenger statioii.-Ite- examined It is not reasonable to attempt to load any horse box without some protection in the rear. —William Owen, proprietor of the Lion Hotel, said the sum of 10s per week charged was very reasonable. For the defence W. J. Rowlands, formerly in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company, said he was on duty at 5-15 a.m. on the 23rd January. He knew the horse box had been ordered. He did not think there was any law as to time. They were told to bring the mare at 7 a.m. It was 7.20 when it was brought. He had boxed a good many horses. If they had loaded at the horse platform they would not have been able to attach the box to the train. It was quite as easy for a horse to fall off the horse platform un- less the box was pushed up to the end. He did not remember any door flapping. He tried to box her three or four times, and asked plaintiff to try. He had seen horses loaded on the passenger plat- form before.—Cross-examined: We load in the horse dock generally. This is the first time. Never before boxed a horse myself. The sack was brought at my request.—Thomas Ellis, foreman porter, said he remembered the horse box being ordered. The man was told to bring the horse at 7 a.m.. H8 came at 7.20. Witness told him he was too late to go by that train, but there was one on the train then in, and that they would do their best to get it sent by that.—Cross-examined: The train was coming to the junction when I saw the man with the horse. It is usual for one man to load horses. -C. A. Moore, Great Western -Railway, said plain- tiffs man came into the parcel office. Ellis was there and showed him that it was 7.20 a.m. then.- Cross-examined: Witness said the Corwen train had not come in. He went into the parcel office at 7.10, Ellis was there then.—H. G. Peake, engine cleaner, said he was in the parcel office at Bala at 7.20 on the morning of tne 23rd inst. when the boy came in. Ellis was there.—Judgment was given to plaintiff for the amount claimed. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—SATURDAY. Present: Mr Evan Jones (chairman), Miss Parry in the vice-chair, Mrs Price, Mrs Parry, Mrs Morris, Messrs R. Thomas, R. Davies, Wm Richards, J. Ll. Jones, Daniel Roberts, J. J. Edwards, R. Hughes, Robert Jones, E. M. Roberts, Evan Evans, John Roberts, J. R. Jones (clerk), T. R. Dakin (assistant clerk). STATISTICS. The balance in the Treasurer's hands was reported to be L515 8s lid, and in the Relieving Officers' hands £ 6 3s id. During the past fortnight C35 4s 7d had been expended in the relief of 149 out-door paupers, as against £35 Os 9d to 148 last year. Cheques were signed for F,330 6s lid including Z289 15s lid in payment of first instalments of county rate. THE HOUSE. Miss Parry and Mr William Richards reported that they had visited the House that day and found- everyone happy. They recommended whitewash- ing and painting the kitchen scullery and dining room. In reply to enquiries, the master said-they usually were fortunate in getting tramps to do the work, but no one able to do such work had visited the House lately. It was then decided that the Master get a man to do the work. The Master reported that there were 17 inmates in the work- house as against 20 last year. Fourteen vagrants had been relieved during the past fortnight, com- pared with 40 for the corresponding weeks last year. The Farm Committee reported that they had considered the question of buying pigs. They did not recommend this for several reasons viz.: That the present pigstye is in a delapidated state, and it would be necessary to build a new one. (2) That when the Board kept pigs before it was ascertained that it did not pay them to do so. There was very little food for them in the House without buying a considerable quantity of flour. (3) There was very little pig wash in the House. If a little soup or broth remained after the meals, the matron usually kept it to give to vagrants. Bread only is the vagrants diet on the Master's books. They con- sidered it better to give this to tramps than to pigs. Tramps were now kept over Sunday, and if it were not for the remnants of meals they would get only dry bread five times in succession. The Committee did not consider it advisable, that pigs should be kept. PENLLYN RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Saturday—Present:—Mr. L. J. Davies (chairman), Mr. R. Thomas, (vice-chairman), Mrs. Price, Mrs. Morris, Messrs. Evan Jones, Evan Evans, William Richards, Robert Davies, Robert Hughes, J. L. Jones, Robert Jones, E. M. Roberts, J. J. Edwards, J. R. Jones (clerk), T. R. Dakin (assistant clerk.) FINANCE. The balance in the Treasurer's bands was reported to be E289 9s. Id. Cheques were signed for £ 43 2.10d. ADJOURNED MATTERS. The report of the committee re Bye-laws for Llanuwchllyn Cemetery, report re Llandderfel Water Supply, Committee's Report, re Nant Syrior to Caepant and Gistfain Roads, Meloch, and Gwergloddgoch Roads, were adjourned for con- sideration to the next meeting. ROAD NEAR BYRGOED. The Committee appointed to "inspect the Nant Syrior Road, were also appointed to report on the condition of a portion of road near Byrgoed Llandderfel. GLYNBACH TO BRYNBRIGLAS ROAD LLANGOWER. Messrs Evan Evans and J. J. Edwards were appointed a committee to visit and report on this road. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor reported that the following roads had been repaired during the month :—Prys, Llanycil and Pare, Llanerch, Hirnant Dolgodfa, Coedybedo Roads, thereby considerably improving their condition. With regard to the last mentioned road, it was decided that the matter of a plat there be left to the surveyor of this and the Uwchaled Councils, and that this council agree to bear half the expense, provided the other Council do the same. SANITATION. The Medical Officer of Health (Dr. Williams) reported that the health of the district was in a highly satisfactory state. There has been no infectious or contagious disease notified since his last report. The Inspector confirmed the Medical Officer's report. He further reported that complaint was made of the Llanfor water supply, especially in rainy weather, on account of the drain that carried away the overflow from the well had become blocked and the water remained stagnant before the well. It was resolved that Mrs Price and Mr Evan Jones be appointed to visit the place and report thereon. CALLS. The Clerk submitted a statement of the expendi- ture of the Council for the year, showing the expenditure on public health to be £8068 7d, and highways, E447 lls 9d, total P,527 18s 4d. After deducting the moiety of Medical Officer's and Inspector's salaries received from the County Council, viz., £315s from the expenditure on public health, and £ 121 7s, representing the grant under the Agricultural Rates Act from the expenditure on highways, the net result would be E373 Is. 8d. Adding an estimated extra expenditure this year of £ 10 18s 5d on public health and £73 15s 3d on highways would bring the total to Z460. There was a balance in favour of the parishes on the 31st March of £341, adding to this proceeds of rate at 41d, viz., £381, showed a total of £ 722. Deducting the net expenditure of zE460 therefrom would show an estimated balance on the 31st March, 1901, of £ 262. It was resolved that precepts be made for the following sums :-Llanycil Parish, £ 86; Llanfor, £ 147; Llandderfel, £ 65; Llangower, £ 26; Llan- uwchllyn, e57.
London Letter. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] London, Wednesday Afternoon. MAFEKING. And so Mafeking has been relieved. After a long and arduous siege, one of the longest in the annals of the British Army, the gal- lant little garrison can once more breathe freely. Baden Powell and his officers cer- tainly deserve well of England, for relief must have appeared almost hopeless to those poor mortals so far removed from British help. There is one thought which must ap- peal to every thinking man at this crisis, and it is this. The pluck, endurance, and spirit, which sustained the gallant little band is something very different from the feelings which animate the people who break up meetings, and attack defenceless old men. MAFEKIXG DAY. Though Mafeking was relieved on the 17th., I suppose the following days will re- main longer in the memories of all persons who happened to be in London during last week. London was a strange sight to see, far from edifying. Decked with coloured ribbons, rosettes and flags, the crowd flocked hither and thither, roaring, cheering, and shouting. Walking up Holborn and Oxford- street, one met small processions of men, young and old, rich and poor, all mixed up promiscuously, shouting at the top of their voices. Suddenly there would be a lull, and then without notice somebody would jump about and shout, and the others would join in. White dogs were painted red and blue, and every animal from the cats upwards was covered with ribbons and rosettes. Coachmen had flags on their whips, and dandies walked about with neatly tied bows on their walking sticks. Turning round a corner one met a dozen working men with great portraits of Baden-Powell stuck round their bowler hats. The Churches were decorated with flags, and their bells tolled throughout the day. A shop in Oxford- 1 <8 sDieet wnere bibles are sold, had its windows full of bibles bound in khaki. The busses were crammed full of people inside and out- side, and every kind of vehicle was brought into use, from the coster's cart and donkey with its load of shouting men and women, and children, to the carriage and pair, whose occupants regarded the show with proud disdain. Early on Saturday morning traflic was practically stopped in the city, and at one o clock the busses could not get near the Mansion House. At some places champagne overflowed, and by dusk the streets were a veritable, well- People who lived anywhere near the big streets were unable to get any prolonged sleep on Friday and Saturday nights, and all through Sunday the shouting and hallow- ing continued at intervals. THE WAR. Few of the honest people who have been applauding this war from the start will be pleased with the extremes which Roberts has had to go to in dealing with the Dutch- men in the Orange Free State. It is not pleasant reading to find that the soldiers of this mighty Empire have been forced to raze to the ground the houses of the poor Boer farmers, now inhabited mind by nobody but women. The soldiers are commanded to burn every house in which arms are found, and they do their duty, but unwillingly. To people who have read history, and are not completely carried away by the passions of the moment, this seems a novel way of reconciling Dutch and English. But there, the Conservative Government and the British Army are heaven-born administra- tors, and who is there who dare cavil at any- thing they do ? Did the French come over here and burn Hatfield, who can doubt but that Lord Salisbury would immediately become a Frenchman, and talk nothing but French to his children. But this is a phase of what honest John Morley described the other day as this hellish panorama" in South Africa. RUSSIA AND JAPAN. While London is enjoying its revels, and this heaven-born Government is engaged in South Africa, the Bear of the North is not unmindful of its prey. A large army has been despatched to Herat on the borders of Afghanistan and India, and at the other end of Asia the Bear has clutched a great slice of territory. Russia has secured another harbour, and one of the finest harbours in the world, say the authorities. Russia is gradually undermining the power of England in the Far East, soon she will grip China with' its immense wealth and enormous resources, and then England will not be the arbiter of the East. But what do the Imperialists care. Let us avenge Majuba even if we lose Asia. THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION. The Australian difficulty has been settled, and Mr Chamberlain's diplomacy avenged. Australia, should she desire to do so, can now snap all the links which bind her to the Mother country at a moment's notice. Of course she will not do, so, for are there not 8,000 Australian Volunteers fighting for England in South Africa at the wage of 5s. per day. What better proof can we get of the close links which bind the Colonies to us than this ? One is not afraid of the loyalty of the Colonies, there was no more loyal colony than New England, but one is afraid of the English statesmanship, which, within a few short years, has turned South Africa into a hell upon earth. Just as the imbecility of George III and his states- men alieuated the United States and as the crooked diplomacy of Joseph Chamberlain has alienated the Dutch of South Africa, thus one is afraid some future statesman will cut the links which bind Australia to us by one snap. Let us hope that Chamber- lain may never again be a responsible minister in any Government. BIRTHDAY HONOURS. Amongst the list of birthday honours is the name of General John Hills, C.B., of the Royal Engineers, who has been created a K.C.B., for services rendered. Sir John is a brother of Sir James Hills-Johnes, of Dolan Cothi, and to Lady Evans, Loves- grove, and Mrs. Pugh, Abermaide. The memorial to Dr Edward Jones of Dolgelley is to take the form of a scholarship or scholarships tenable by pupils from any public school in the Dolgelley Intermediate School District, either at the Dolgelley County School or at Dr Williams's Endowed School for Girls. The subscriptions to the fund, which will close on July 2nd, now amount to X120.
ABERYSTWYTH CO-UNTY SCHOOL HEADMASTER iu R. JQAVID SAMUEL, M.A., (Cantab). SENIOR MISTRESS "JYJISS JUDITH M. EWART, M.A., (Vict) ASSISTANT MASTERS AND MISTRESS MR W. PEAKS0X FCLLEVMn £ ME. rjlHOMAS QWEXS, ME- J. H. HoffELL-f(^|f- i MISS S. E. T HOMAS, DRAWING MR. J. H. APPLETON, Cert. Art Master. School re-opens May 1st, 1900. Pupils requiring Railway Season Tickets will please apply to me forthwith. JOHN EVANS, 6, Portland Street, Clerk. Aberystwyth; Late Advertisements. WANTED a smart Coffee Room Waitress. Apply with particulars to W. T. HILL, Devil's Bridge Hotel, Aberystwyth.