ABERYSTWYTH WHITSUN BOOKINGS TO SOUTH WALES.— Cheap return tickets will be issued to the large centres in South Wales at the end of next week, via., Carmarthen. THE FOOTBALL CLUB DEBT.—The Aberystwyth Football Club is in debt to the extent of something like P-150, the result principally of having had to play a great number of away matches during the past season, which necessitated great expenditure in railway fares, etc. Mr. Gilbert Rogers has with his troupe, generously offered to give a benefit concert towards reducing this debt, and also to mark his appreciation of the honourable position attained by the team in winning the South Wales and Welsh Cups. It is hoped Ir. Rogers' offer will result in a substantial sum being handed to the club. COUNTY SCHOOL.—Mrs Andrew, one of the organizing secretaries in connection with Dr. Barnardo's Homes, addressed the pupils in the Central Hall on Wednesday of last week. The Headmaster referred to the work done by Dr. Barnardo, and hoped the pupils would join the young helper's league about which Mrs Andrew came to address them. Mrs Andrew gave an ac- count of the movement, and the work that had already been done. She trusted that the pupils would join to help to get a Cardiganshire cot. It is expected that boys and girls will become annual subscribers. On Monday the pupils watched the solar eclipse through coloured glasses. There was great excitement. A LETTER FROM MAFEKIXG.—On Saturday ,last Councillor R. Peake received another letter from his brother, Mr William Gradie Peake, a member of the Cape Mounted Police, who was amongst the besieged at Mafeking. The letter is dated April 5th, and arrived at Buluwayo on April 14th. It stated that they were still besieged, but hoped to get out of it shortly; a wish. as all are gladly aware, that has now been realised. The writer also stated that he was quite well and going strong up to then, and he promised to sent all the news and some views of the town when the siege was raised, adding the optimistic qualification, "that is if I pull through. The envelope bore four penny stamps, the price of which has been increased to 3d. each, and bore the mark besieged." These are now considered valuable relics of the siege, and already one has been purchased at a good figure. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—The monthly meet- ing of the Assessment Committee of the Aber- ystwyth. Union was held on Monday, when there were present the Rev John Davies, Messrs A. W. Miller, David Edwards, E. J. Evans, James Jones, Edwin Morris, Wm. Morris. Hugh Hughes (clerk), and E. Llewellyn (assistant clerk).—Mr A. W. Miller was voted to the chair.—Supplemental valuation lists were submitted and approved of for Aberystwyth. Llancynfelin, Elerch, and Llan- fihzngel Upper.—A supplemental valuation list was submitted for Vaenor Lower, but was amended, and ordered to be re-deposited.—A letter was read from Messrs Michael, Farraday, and Co., rating surveyors, London, with reference to the valuation of the two railway companies' property within the Aberystwyth Union.—The Clerk was instructed to give notice to the overseers of Rhostie, that unless they prepared and brought in a new valuation list within a month, the Committee would be bound themselves to appoint a person to do the work and charge the expense to the parish. 6RAD CONCERT.—At the request of tradesmen and their assistants, Mr Gilbert Rogers and his Merry Troopers gave another first-class concert at the Royal Pier Pavilion on Wednesday evening in last week. The concert proved a complete success, and the audience was a large and appreciative one. The programme contained plenty of enjoy- able variety, without a single dull item. There were orchestral selections, choruses, comic and character songs, quartettes, dances and violin solos. Mr Rogers gave himself "My old Dutch" (Albert Chevalier) and his popular and novel dwarf song, both by special request. The Acmes (Jim and Gipsey) in their musical melange came in for a great reception, and their performance was well worthy of the applause accorded it. The Imperial Glee Singers continue to increase in public favour, their quartettes being rendered with ability and taste. The Grenfields had a popular turn in their laughable absurdity, The bobby's courtship." Thatcher's appearance is always the signal for a hearty outburst of applause, and his comic songs have the merit of being up-to-date and sung in his own inimitable way. Mr Harry Fife's character songs, and Messrs Will Crowsen and Will Powell's songs and dances are also worthy of mention, together with Mr J. W. Anderson's well executed violin solos. Miss Cissie Conyers has a charming voice, and all her songs are popular. A new feature in the programme was a sketch by the company, which was excellently performed and created no end of amusement. OLD IN.Ns.-This list of licensed houses tells us how our town stood in August, 1845, the names of them, and their licensees:—Ivy l,ush,l by Thomas Bowen Public Rooms, George Careswell; Goger- ddan Arms, Abel Powell Davies; Three Tuns, Morris Davies; Wine Vaults, Joseph Downie; Old Black Lion, John Evans Shipwright's Arms, Thos. Evans; Carpenter's Arras, Elizabeth Griffiths; Blue Bell, Hugh Hughes; Heart of Oak, John Hughes; Three Jolly Sailors, Elizabeth Humphreys New Market Tavern, Mary James; Wine Vaults, Richard and Morgan James; Feathers, Thomas James, re- fused Golden Lion, Edward Jenkins; Miners' Arms, Jenkin Jenkins; Wine Vaults. Evan Jones; Angel Inn, Robert Jones: White Horse, Susan Jones h; Black Swan, William Jones; Prince of Wales, William Keeling Butcher's Arms, Jenkin Lloyd Hope and Anchor, William Lloyd Belle Vue Hotel, Charles Marshall; Horse and Jockey, John Hughes; White Lion, John Morgans; Skinner's Arms, Anne James Greyhound, Hugh Nightingale; Ship and Castle, Thomas Owen; Fountain Inn, Thomas Pierce; Black Horse. Evan Rees: Talbot Hotel, Thos Jeffries; Britannia, Thomas Rees; Royal Oak, Hugh Richards; White Hart, Evan Roberts; Nanteos Arms, Anne Thomas; New Inn, Jane Rees; Coachbuilder's Arms, Christopher Hall; Albion Tavern, Robert Pugh Prince Albert, Thomas Cleaton; Unicorn, John Jenkins; Farmer's Arms, Enoch Hughes. SUDDEN DEATH.—We regret to record the painfully sudden death of Ir. Thos. Hamilton Lewis, grocer. Bridge-street, which took place at the age of 43 years at his residence on Monday morning last. Deceased suffered a severe illness about two months ago, during which he was attended by Dr. Rowlands, but had now practically regained convalescence. He had attended divine worship at the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel on three recent occasions, and was present at the service on Sunday evening last. About quarter to eight on Monday morning he was again taken seriously ill, and within fifteen minutes, and before medical aid arrived, he had passed away. Deceased belonged to one of the oldest families in the town, being a son of the late Hamilton Lewis, tailor, Bridge-street. He formerly worked as a joiner with Mr. Rowlands, but for the past 16 or 17 years had been in the grocery business. He was a member of the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, where his faithfulness and zeal won for him the high esteem of the whole church. He had for many years occupied the position of deacon at the same place of worship. He also evinced a deep interest in the work of the Sunday School, having been a successful teacher, and had held at different times the offices of secretary, treasurer, and super- intendent. On the occasion of his marriage in September, 1887, to Miss Jones, daughter of Mr. David Jones, butcher, Little Darkgate-street, he was presented with a handsome timepiece by the members of the Sunday School. Deep sympathy is felt with Mrs. Lewis and her only son in their < sad and sudden bereavement. The funeral will take place to-day (Thursday) at the cemetery, starting: from the house at 3 o'clock. CHARGE AGAINST A DOCTOR.—Dr Thomas Pugh Beddoes, surgeon, of North-parade, Aberystwyth, was charged at the local police-court, on Saturday last (before John Morgan and R. J. Jones, Esqrs.), with making use of threatening language towards a labourer named John Williams, living at Bryn- place, Aberystwyth, who was engaged with other workmen in effecting certain improvements at the defendant's residence, respecting which there was some disagreement between the lessor of the pre- mises (the Rev J. P. Morgan) and the defendant.— Mr A. J. Hughes appeared for the prosecution, Dr Beddoes conducting his own defence.—The defend- ant addressed the bench at length showing that he was opposed to the carrying out, which had re- ceived the attention of the High Court. He main- tained there was no justification for a forcible entry into his house to do the work, and that this was a distinct violation of the lease. It was said be had used threats, but not one word bad come before the bench indicating any verbal threat. He spoke to the chief-constable about the matter, and was there with ample means of protecting himself, including a rifle and bayonet. He saw the chief-constable again when he had a Nor- wegian knife such as the peasants and sportsmen used as the British workmen used his pocket-knife for cutting bread and cheese, and so forth. It was no stiletto, as was stated at the previous hearing. -Mr Arthur Hughes observed that this was in direct conflict with the chief constable's evidence. In his evidence the chief constable told the bench that the defendant said: I shall start between this and eleven o'clock. Whether I shall use a gun or a rifle if they do not clear out, I do not know." When he was going out the defendant was asked, Do you give them until eleven o'clock to clear out 1" and be replied I shall not give them any time." He was considering which of the two arms --the rifle or the gun-he should use.—The bench having deliberated in private said they found a threat had been made, and the complainant had cause for fearing the defendant would do him bodily harm. Defendant would be bound over in the sum of E25 in his own recognisances to keep the peace.—Mr Hughes applied for costs, including a doctor's fee, which was allowed. t COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS.—The members of the College corps of volunteers have now been supplied with their rifles, and have already commenced ilrill exercise with the same. The corps will proceed, to Towyn shortly for shooting practice. z, DRAPERY.—Mr. J. Walter Evans. Tottenham House, Great Darkgate-street, has just received his summer stock of drapery, clothing, etc., and he now invites an inspection of the new goods by his numerous patrons. Everything is in the latest design, and good quality and reasonable prices are guaranteed. BOATING.—Another steam launch arrived at the Harbour on Tuesday evening. It is the property of Messrs David and Evan Jones. High-street, and will be used to convey passengers for short trips in the Bay, on and after Wliit-week. The vessel is 31 ft. long, and 8 ft. wide, and is capable of carry- ing 12 passengers. The fact of the launch having stood the voyage from Penarth to Aberystwyth through a rough sea, speaks well for its seagoing qualities. ACCIDENT.—An unfortunate accident happened to Mr Herbert, carrier, South-road, while unloading bricks at the station yard with his son on Friday last. Shunting operations were being carried on at the time, and Mr Herbert had the fingers of his left hand caught between the buffers of two trucks. He was dragged along in this position for some time, and when released it was found that his fingers had been severely smashed. He was taken home, where he received medical attention. SHOP ASSISTANTS OUTING.-Tile annual outin connection with the local branch of the Early Closing Association was held on Wednesday to Devil's Bridge. The weather was all that could be desired, and the members, together with a large number of friends, were conveyed to this beautiful pleasure resort in a stage coach, and several well-appointed char-a-bancs and brakes. At the Bridge tea was provided, and the remainder of the time before re- turning was spent in games and pleasant walks. The outing proved successful and enjoyable in every respect. PETTY SESSIONS.—The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday, the magistrates present being Alderman C. M. Williams (Mayor), Mr John Morgan and Mr Edward Evans.—William Jones, Bridgend-place, mason, was summoned for not sending his daughter regularly to school, but the case was adjourned for a week for the appearance of the mother.—David Jenkins, Royal Stores, Pont- ygwaith, was summoned for neglecting to maintain his father, Richard Jenkins, who is now charge- able to the cotumoil fund of the Aberystwyth Union. Joseph Morgan, relieving officer, having given evidence, the Bench made an order for the payment of 2s. 6d. per week. TABERNACLE CHAPEL.—The pulpit at this Chapel was occupied last Sunday by the Rev. Wm. Lewis, Pontypridd, and very powerful sermons were delivered to large audiences. At the close of the evening service resolutions were unanimously passed by the congregation in favour of sending z, forms of petition to the House of Commons asking the Government to grant facilities for the follow- ing three bills to become law without further delay, as they have already passed their second reading in the House. The Bills are :-(1) Mr Souttar's Bill forbidding the sale of intoxicating drink to child- ren under 16 years of age; (2) Mr Spicer's Bill in favour of extending the provisions of the Sunday Closing Act to Monmouthshire; (3) Mr Herbert Roberts's Bill for amending the Sunday Closing Act for Wales. Mr Thomas Owen, county school, proposed the resolution, and Mr R. K. Humphreys Albert Place, seconded, and they were unanimously passed. BADEN-POWELL RELIEF FuN D.-In addition to the subscriptions amounting to Z44 3s, already acknowledge:1, Mr R. J. Jones, the organiser and secretary of this fund, has received the following amounts :—Mr John Evans, solicitor. 2s 6d; Mr Ed. Evans, builder, 5s; Mr John Watkins, wine merchant, 10s 6d; Mr John Thomas, draper, 5s; Messrs G. and H. Davies, ironmongers, Zl ls- Mrs Gilbert Rogers, Railway-terrace, Zl Is Mr Griffiths, secretary Steam Packet Co., 5s Mr Peard, Bristol, 8s 6d;. Miss Knight, South Marine- terrace, 5s; Mr Jack Thomas, jeweller, 5s; and Mr W. J. Watkins, Cartrefle, 10s. The total sum collected is now £51, and Mr Jones deserves congratulation upon the satisfactory success which has attended his efforts. On Thursday last a cheque for £25. signed by the Mayor, was for- warded to Lady Curzon, and the balance will be sent as soon as all the promised subscriptions, which can be paid to Mr Jones, or at either of the three banks, are received. PRES £ NTATION.—On Thursday evening last a gathering lof the members of the English Presby- terian Church took place for the purpose of pre- senting the Rev. and Mrs E. Penllyn Jones with a revolving bookcase (bearing a suitable inscription) )c on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of the good wishes of the Church for their future happi- ness and an expression of its gratitude to Mr Penllyn Jones for the invaluable service rendered by him to the church during the last thirty years. After partaking of refreshments at a table pre- sided over by Mr E. Jones-Williams, and Mrs Humphrey Owen, the Rev. T. Mortimer Green. who presided, having opened the meeting with a humourous speech, called upon Mrs E. H. James (who with Miss Nellie Jenkins, North-parade, had called upon the subscribers) to make the presenta- tion. This was gracefully done in a few appropri- ate words to which Mr Penllyn Jones replied. Subsequent remarks were made by Messrs D. Lloyd, E. H. James, J. P. Thomas, Tom Rowlands, David Ellis, R. G. and W. J. Bennett, Humphrey Owen. and Gomer James. THE ABERYSTWYTH STARR-BOWKETT BUILD- IXG BUILDING SOCIETY.—The ninth annual meet- ing of the above society was held at the Office, Queen's Square, on Saturday evening. May 26th, at 8 p.m. The Chairman. Mr D. C. Roberts, J.P., South Marine-terrace, presided, and the following business was transacted. The report of the directors was unanimously approved of. on the motion of Mr C. H. Cocks, seconded by Mr D. C. Owens, North-parade. The report showed that the receipts from subscriptions alone amounted to £ 391 14s Oct. giving an average of over E7 10s Od a week while Z228 had been received as repayments. Nine- teen new shares had been taken up during the year, and the total receipts amounted to E632 14s Od. The profit and loss account showed a balance in hand of E52 17s 4d. Two appropriations had been made in course of the year, both for advance of £ 200 each. While altogether since the commence- ment of the society, the sum of Z3200 had been advanced to members free of interest, repayable at the rate of 8 per cent annually. The auditors, Messrs T. D. Jenkins, Bridge-street, and D. C. Evans, Union-street, certified that they had audited the accounts, and inspected the deeds, and found all correct. The four retiring directors were re- elected for another term of two years, viz. Messrs Robert Ellis, chemist, Terrace-road Daniel Thomas. draper, Little Darkgate-street; Edward Evans, builder. Baker-street; and C. H. Cocks, Brynymor- terrace and Messrs T. D. Jenkins, Bridge-street and R. J. Roberts, Rhydyfelin, were appointed auditors for the year. A very cordial vote of thanks was tendered to the chairman and auditors for their services. At the close of the annual meeting the following members were successful in the ballots for appropriations, viz., Mr John Rees, builder, Queen-street, for £ 200; Miss N. N. Richards, the daughter of Mr Wm. Richards, grocer, Pier- street, for £ 100: and Mr John Pugh, Fullbrook- terrace, Llanbadarn, for £200. Mr Edward Evans, Baker-street, presided, and Messrs Hugh Hughes, Sea View Place, and D. C. Owens, North-parade, acted as secretaries. Votes of thanks to the chair- man and secretaries brought the meeting to a close. The Secretary is Mr Thomas Owens, Queen's-square, from whom all "particulars in regard to the society an be obtained. ♦ i
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT. At the last meeting of the Council it was decided to make a very important change in the curriculum of the agricultural department. In future all the lectures and in College work are to be given in the Michaelmas and Lent terms (i.e., October to March), and the Easter term and summer are to be devoted to practical farm work. It will thus become pos- sible for farmers' sons who could not be spared from home during the busy season to attend the course without serious interference with their ordinary work, and it will be necessary for those who are not farmers' sons to acquire a knowledge of practical farm work in order to obtain the College diploma, in agriculture. The Short Course and Advanced Short Course are also to be slightly modified, so that when the arrangements are com- plete there will be a one year course, a two year course, and a three year course, each independent, but so correlated that it will be possible for students who show capacity to proceed from one to the other without loss of time or unnecessary repetition, and the Short Course will be really the first step towards the College diploma. STUDENTS' CHURCH GUILD. On Sunday afternoon last, May 27, the annual sermon in connection with the Church Students' Society was given at St. Michael's Church. The preacher this year was the Rev. H. E. Ryle, D.D., president of Queen's College, and professor in theology at the University of Cambridge. The reverend gentleman was at one time principal of St. David's College, Lampeter. At Cambridge his lectures on theolopy are attended by immense audiences, and he is one of the most popular and deeply respected teachers in the L'nivcrsity. On Sunday afternoon a large audience, consisting mainly of students, assembled in St. Michael's Church to hear him. Dr. Ryle delivered a capital discourse on the Thessalonians 5 21. Prove all things, hold fast that which is good. He com- menced by showing the oppositeness of the 1 Apostle's advice to the conditions of student life. ] Comparative freedom from the restraints of home and school life was one of the features of College life. This allowed the student to a large extent the choice of his own mode of life and ideals. Some there were who made academic distinctions their ambition, others sought to excel in athletic feats, others kept a steady eye on the career they would follow after College days were over, others again lived in an aimless haphazard fashion. To all alike the words of the Apostle had a message. Let them prove all things. In other words let them submit all courses of action, and all ideals to the test of the standard of the perfect man. The ideal of Christ should govern every other. Secondly, once convinced of the truth and supreme worth of Christ's principles, let them hold fast to them. From neglect of this rule all kinds of evil results followed. Much of the so-called scepticism that was said to be prevalent in academic institutions was due to religious apathy rather than to intellectual difficulties. It was the consequence of desisting from private prayer, the Holy Sacrament, publib worship, deeds of mercy, etc. Indifference bred scepticism. He did not deny the existence of difficulties in the under- standing of Holy Writ, but the edge of these is turned if we bear in mind the progressive char- acter of the revelation granted by the Spirit. Let them hold fast that which was dictated by the example, the teaching, and spirit of the Master. The secretaries of the Society (Miss Blagg and Mr Ollett) are to be congratulated on the success of the arrangements. Amongst those present were Archdeacon Protheroe, Rev D. A. Jones, B.A., Principal Roberts, M.A., Rev T. M. Green, Pro- fessors J. M. Angus, M.A., D. M. Lewis, M.A., E. Edwards, M.A., W. Jenkyn Jones, M.A., D. R. Harris, B.A., J. A. Murray, B.Sc., Mr D. Samuel, M.A., and Miss B. Edgell. M.A.
Church Choral Festival at Aberystwyth. The annual choral festival of the Deanery of Llanbadarn Fawr, was held on Wednesday at St. Mary's Welsh Church, Aberystwyth. The weather being delightful, the influx of visitors from the country districts was large. The following 18 churches were represented at the festival :-St Mary's, Aberystwyth Borth, Capel Bangor, Goginan, Elerch, Llanafan, Llanbadarn Fawr, Llancynfelyn, Llanddeiniol, Llanfihangel-y- Creuddyn, Llanfihangel-Geneu'r-GJyn, Llan- gwyryfon, Llanilar, Llangorwen, Lledrod, Penrhyn- coch, Talybont, and Rhosdie. Secretaries, Rev. J. Blackwell and Mr Joseph Jones. The services were held at 11 a.m. and 2 30 p.m., and the singing, which was of a high order, was under the capable conductorship of Mr R. A. James, schoolmaster, Borth. Mr Cashmore. with his usual ability, pre- sided at the organ. Special sermons were delivered on the occasion by the Rev J. W. Roberts, Felinfoel Llanelly, who is a nephew of the late Ieuan Gwyllt' and is considered one of the most eloquent, preachers in the principality. The attendance at the morning meeting was so large, that it was found necessary tohold the afternoon meeting at St Michaels Church. Collections were taken at both services in aid of the funds. The secretarial duties had been entrusted to the Rev J. Blackwell, Penrhyn- coch, and Mr Joseph Jones, Abermagwr, and the unqualified success of the festival reflects the highest credit upon the services of these two gentlemen.
4. North Cardiganshire Calvinistic Methodist Monthly Meeting. The Monthly Meeting of the Calvinistic Method- ists of North Cardiganshire was held at Capel Afan, Llanafan, on Thursday and Friday last, under the presidtnoy f the Rev J. C. Evans, Borth. Reports of various committees were received and adopted. —The Rev Thomas Jenkins, Talybont, and Mr Wm. Morgan, Garn House, Bow Street, were deputed to attend Libanus Chapel, Borth, to take the voice of the church in the election of deacons.—The Rev D. R. Williams, Salem, and Mr Thomas Owens, Queen's-square, Aberystwyth, were also appointed to take the voice of the Bath-street church, Aber- ystwyth, in the matter of the selection of a pastor. —The Rev D. R. Williams, Salem, read an interest- ing paper on the Centenary Fund. The Rev Thos. Levi, Aberystwyth, also spoke warmly on the same subject, and solicited promises toward the fund, with the result that a sum of nearly £ 300 was promised.—A report as to the state of the cause at Capel Afan was presented by the deacons, and was considered very satisfactory. This church is held up on many points as a model church, one of its tenets being that no person shall be received into membership unless he or she is a total abstainer. The deacons of the same church also made a novel departure in presenting a special report giving the names of all officers and Sunday School teachers who abstain from the use of tobacco.—Resolutions were passed in favour of Mr. Herbert Roberts' amendment of the Welsh Sunday Closing Act, Mr. Spicer's Bill for the inclusion of Monmouthshire within the scope of the same Act, and the Bill to prohibit the sale of intoxicating drinks to children under 16 years of age.—Trustees were appointed of the chapel building at Llanafan. —A plan of the extension and alteration of the chapel at Capelmagwr, and a plan of the proposed chapel house at the same place were presented by the Rev. D. Jones (pastor), and Mr. Morgan, Lodge Farm, Trawscoed, and these were approved of.- The next Monthly Meeting will be held at Berth on June 27th and 28th.-On Thursday evening and Friday preaching services were held, when amongst the ministers who officiated were the Revs. T. Levi, D. R. Williams, Aberystwyth Morgan Ellis, Tre- alaw; J. C. Evans, Borth; T. E. Roberts, M.A., Aberystwyth and William Lewis, Pontypridd.
Sales by Auction. On Friday and Saturday last Mr. J. E. James auctioneer, Aberystwyth, who had been favoured with instructions from the executors of the late Mr. J. G. W. Bonsall, conducted a very successful sale at the Fronfraith Home Farm. There was a large attendance of buyers from the surrounding district and from Machynlleth on both day- The first day's sale was devoted to the disposal of implements and live and dead stock. A large quantity of implements was put under the hammer, and realised very good prices. The cattle were then put up. milking cows being sold at prices ranging from 16 to 18 guineas, while yearling bullocks and heifers fetched more money than is usual at clearance sales. The horses were afterwards disposed of. One bay gelding was knocked down for £ 63 10s. and another for £ 43, the purchaser in both instances being Mr. David James, formerly of Llanerch Pentir, but now of London. A great many other horses, in fine condition, were also sold, and the prices realised were considered very satisfactory. There was some keen competition when the ewes, sheep, and lambs were put up, some high bids being obtained for the latter. A large quantity of harness, as well as several carriages, were also sold. On Saturday a quantity ')f antique household furniture and ancient books were put up for sale. Particulars of the sale of books will be found elsewhere. Oce interesting piece of furniture put under the hammer was an Did oak chest, made of the timber removed from Llanbadarn Church, when that building underwent renovation about 40 years ago. It is supposed to be of great antiquity, and after some spirited bidding was secured by Mr. D. M. Davies, Aberystwyth. ABERLLOLWYN ESTATE. Mr J. E. James, Aberystwyth, in accordance with instructions received from Mr Griffith Jones, con- ducted a sale of the Aberllolwyn Estate, near Aberyst- wyth, including the handsome mansion house, at the Lion Hotel on Monday last. There was a good at- tendance. The bids in the majority of the lots did not reach the reserve prices, the only only business done being the sale of two fields, viz., Caellawndwr, adjoining Brynrychan Farm, and a field at Penparke, bought by Mr Morgan, 56, Marine-terrace. We under- derstand that the mansion house, grounds and fields, containing about 48 acres, were sold by private treaty on Tuesday for E4,600, the purchaser being Mrs Morgan, milliner, Aberystwyth. Rrynrychan Farm, containg about 200 acres, in the occupation of Mr David Jones, which was withdrawn at above sale, will again be put up by auction in lots by Mr J. E. James at the Lion Royal Hotel on Mon- day, June 18, at 3 p.m. The solicitors for the vendor (Mr Griffith Jones) are Messrs Smith, Davies, & Co. ST. MICHAEL'S VICARAGE. At the Lion Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth, on Friday last, Mr R. K. Jenkins, auctioneer, offered for sale the important property of St. Michael's Vicarage, in- cluding the freehold residence, stable yard, and garden. There was a good attendance of bidders. The property is beautifully situated on the main road leading to Llanbadarnfawr. The house stands in its own grounds, and is beautifully wooded and contains 1 acre, 1 rood, and 33 poles, together with adjoining meadow, containing 1 acre, 2 roods, and 39 poles, and has a frontage of 150 yards to the main road, and is well adapted for building purposes. The bidding for the Vicarage alone went up to £ 1,800, at which price it was withdrawn. The vicarage, garden, field, etc., were then put up in one lot, and bidding proceeded briskly up to £ 2,800. There were no further offers, and the reserve figure not having been reached, this was also withdrawn. SALE OF RARE WELSH BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS. At the end of the sale on Saturday last at Fronfraith, Mr J. E James, the auctioneer, submitted a small, but choice collection of old volumes and manuscripts, the existence of which in the mansion was not known until recently, when 1, ;hey were discovered in an old press. The follow- I ing prices were realized. Salesbury New Test-i- I ment, 1567, a fine crisp copy in excellent condition, with bright early eighteenth century binding, lack- ing the eight p.p. of errator at end, L26. Wm. Cooke's enquiry; 1755, of little value per se, but this copy on large paper, uncut, has voluminous marginal notes and initials of Lewis Morris, (LI. Ddu) theantiquary, great grandfather to Sir Lewis Morris; Is. Dr Wm. Morgan's Bible, 1567, very i illperfect E5 5s Od; early manuscripts, 1581-1590 17s 6d; David Ellis manuscripts, 1630 £ 1 5s Od Long manuscript book, 1680 15s 4 to. manuscript book, 1690 Pl 17s 6d; Long, thick manuscript book, 1736 zC2 4s Od Oferguddi, 1738 15s. All these lots, except the imperfect Morgan' Bible, were pur- chased by one local gentleman. The discovery of these treasures only adds force to the conviction we have long held, that stowed away in various old houses are many such treasures quite unknown to the inhabitants, or if known, very frequently not valued. t*
4. Disastrous Fire at Crosswood Farm. A disastrous fire broke out at Crosswood Farm, near Llanilar, at a late hour on Saturday night last, resulting in the destruction:of three large valuable ricks of hay. The farm is in the occupa- tion of Mr. David Morgan, late of Glenydd, and formerly head bailiff in the employ of the late Lord Lisburne. No signs of an outbreak were visible at 11 o'clock, but a farm servant, named Thomas Blackwell, returning home from the direction of Llanfihangel at about 11.45, saw flames issuing from one of the stacks. Blackwell immediately gave the alarm, and Mr. Morgan and the other occupiers of the farm were quickly on the scene. It was found that nothing could save it from complete destruction, the rick being one huge blaze. A messenger was at once des- patched, however to Aberystwyth to call out the fire brigade, there being several other stacks of hay in the yard, aod the whole were quite close to the farm buildings. The brigade started away at 3-5 a.i-n, in charge of Capt Rees Jones, borough surveyor, and the distance of ten miles to the farm was covered in the quick time of 65 minutes. This is a record in the history of the brigade, and is all the more creditable when it is considered that the road in many places was very rough, and that the engine and men made a com- bined weight of about two tons. The horses were supplied by Mr David Hughes, Queen-street. On arriving at the farm it was found that the first rick together with the shed, had been almost completely burned down. The fire had also extended to two other large ricks immediately adjoining, and these were burning fiercely. Luckily, there was an abundance of water to be had from a pond in the vicinity, and the firemen directed their attention mainly to preventing the flames reaching the farm buildings, which also seemed in imminent danger. They were also assisted by a favourable wind in checking any fresh outbreak, but had the wind been from another direction, it is feared nothing would have saved the buildings. A small quantity of hay from the two last ricks was saved, but the greater portion was entirely destroyed. There were also 0 ir ricks in the yard, but at some distance away, ;d these were saved from the flames. The brigad remained on the scene all day' Sunday, in case on another outbreak, returning to Aberyst- wyth at 9-30 p.m., after having been away from the station for more than 18 hours. The first rick which caught fire was the property of Mr Joseph Parry, Tyllwyd, Cwmrheidol, which he purchased at the Crosswood sale, in October last, and was valued at E120. The shed which covered the rick was also worth E75. The other two ricks were valued at £450, and were the property of the trustees of the late Earl of Lisburne. In each case the value was fully covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is unknown, but the police have the matter in hand, and are making every inquiry, but so far to no purpose.
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Strata Florida Abbey. Sir,—Visitors to Strata Florida notwithstanding its interesting history are not so numerous as to places of less renown but greater beauty. They are likely to be fewer still if the ruins are shown in the fashion they were a few days ago. The only portion of what must have been a noble structure remaining is as you know the fine Norman arch which formed the western entrance. The carving around this doorway is well worth inspection, and can only be seen from the garden outside the Abbey ruins. Fortunately on my arrival the gate leading to this garden was open and I innocently entered, and photographed the arch without interference. I applied at the cottage for admission to the abbey and received a ticket from the woman in charge on paying sixpence. I entered the enclosure and asked if there was a guide. The woman mistaking my object produced a guide book with a plan, which, in the time at my disposal I could make very little use of and as the woman could not speak English fluently there was no use putting questions to her. All I saw was an ugly and patch.work wall, the foundations of a few pillars, and many heaps of stones piled in confusion over the grass grown and utterly neglected enclosure. There was no chance of getting any idea of the arrangement or propor- tions of this once magnificent building. On look- ing at my ticket I saw that the charge was for keeping the ruins in good order and repair," and thinking myself somewhat aggrieved I went back to the Cottage, and asked the woman who received the money, and was told that it was the Vicar. Now I am told that this worthy clergymen has been recently putting the stones to other uses from what might be expected of the custodian of such valuable ruins.and I consider that he is receiving fees for duties unperformed and promises unfulfilled (as the ticket indicates). I considered myself hardly used, but what was my astonishment to hear that my fellow travellers had been refused admission to the garden and had never seen the Norman arch except from its uninteresting and undecorated side. This is a gross injustice to those who go so far to see a ruin. But for the scenery of the drive it would have been a wasted day. No wonder we declared that we would never go to Strata Florida again and advise our friends not to go. Let me urge those who have not seen Pont-Rhyd- y-groes not to miss that gem of Welsh Valleys. But for the mines it would be equal to the Trossachs of Scotland and many parts of Switzer- land. Let me also testify to the honesty of your country people in the recovery of a travelling rug which I lost on the way, and was returned to me through the police to-day. A. WALKER.
Milk and Tuberculosis. The death-rate from consumption (according to the reports of the Registrar General) has been reduced in England and Wales during the last 50 years to one-half of what it was before. This reduction is attributed mainly to the general im- provement in sanitation throughout the country. Consumption is contracted by taking into tha system the germ of the disease either in the dust in the air, or in food, or drink. Experience and observation have convinced the medical profession that infantile tuberculosis is very common in this country and that there is great reason to fear that many cases of the disease are due to the consump- tion of raw milk containing tubercle germs. It has been abundantly proved that a very serious proportion of the milk of this country is so infected and capable of spreading tuberculosis, and is there- fore a source of grave danger, especially to hand fed infants, young children, delicate people and all persons suffering from acute diseases. In these cases a milk diet is often considered necessary, in some it is the sole diet. Some of these people cannot drink boilrd milk, and therefore it is more important that they should not use milk containing tubercle bacilli. Whilst some authorities consider tuberculosis to arise solely from inhaled tubercle bacilli, it is probable that a very much larger num- ber of human beings, and certainly of infants, con- tract that disease by drinking milk containing living tubercle bacilli. One would have thought that the mere mention of this by the medical profession would be sufficient to rouse people to the consciousness of this danger and of their duty to insist on being supplied with milk free from tuberculous infective material. But one finds in this case as in every other case where the interests of the.public are concerned an extra- ordinary condition of apathy. The result of a recent investigation by two eminent specialists of 16 milk supplies in Cambridge showed that more than half the dairies examined sold milk containing living tubercle. This shows how serious the matter is at the present time, and as there is nothing to distinguish pure milk from that contaminated with tubercle, the important question that arises is how all danger of infection is to be avoided. The answer is, under existing conditions, nothing but boiled or carefully sterilised milk should be con- sumed, and cream unless obtained after boiling or scalding should not be given to infants or delicate persons. Ideal conditions demand that we should not rest content with anything short of the cer- tainty that no milk is offered for sale except that obtained from cows known to be free from tuber- culosis. We must, in fact, aim at introducing the system which has been so successfully carried out in Denmark at any rate it is our duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves. For the present the safer course is to treat all milk as pos- sibly contaminated. The simplest and most cer- tain method of destroying tubercle germs in milk is to boil it. and if in carrying out this operation the following rules (given in a recent leaflet of the National Association for the prevention of con- sumption) are observed, the cooked flavour ob- jected to by many individuals will be found to be comparatively slight1, Use a double milk sauce- pan (obtainable from any ironmonger) if, however, this cannot be obtained, put the milk into an ordinary covered saucepan, and place it inside a larger vessel containing water 2, let the water in outer pan be cold when placed on the fire; 3, bring the water up to the boil and maintain it at this point for four minutes without removing the lid of the inner milk pan 4, cool the milk down quickly by placing the inner pan in one or two changes of cold water without removing the lid 5, when cooled down, aerate the milk by stirring well with a spoon. SANITAS.
MACHYNLLETH. SUCCESS.—At the annual Shropshire and West Midland Show, held at Shrewsbury last Thursday, Mr D. E. R. Griffith, Bank, obtained two second prizes for his dogs, 11 Dovey Beauty," and" Dovey Beatrice." In the setter class, Mr Tom Steadman was awarded a third prize for his dog Mallwyd Barnone," MUSICAL FESTIVAL. The annual musical festival in connection with the Baptists of Mach- ynlleth and district, was held on Thursday last at Bethesda chapel. The weather was delightful, and a large number of persons arrived in the morn- ing from Aberystwyth and other places. The morning meeting was devoted to children. The Rev D. H. Hughes presided, and the Rev H. Evans, Penrhyncocb, commenced the meeting. Porticas of Scripture were recited by the following-Misses Olwen M. Evans, Martha Gwyneth Evans, Margaret J. Samuel, M. A. Magor, E. A. Jenkins, M. J. Jones, and M. Jenkins, of Penrhyncoch Arthur L. Jones, J. J. Jones, S. Leek, Mi'sses A. M. Leek, L. Hum- phreys, and K. Griffith, of Talybont; Robt Hughes, Misses L. J. Burton, A. Evans, and C. Thomas, of Machynlleth; Misses A. Morris, and M. Jones, of Talywern. Singing. Mr B. Hughes, Miss J. Jones, Mr J. Ll. James and party. Gertificates were awarded to the successful candidates who had passed the Tonic Solfa and Baptist Union Examination by the Rev. H. Evans and Mr. De Lloyd, Aberystwyth. The afternoon and evening meetings which were largely attended, were held at the Wesleyan Chapel, kindly lent for the occasion, and were presided over by Mr. R. T. Griffith, Talybont, and Mr. W. Gwrtydd Williams, Aberystwyth, respectively. A prize given by Mr. J. P. Thomas, Aberystwyth, for the best hymn tune was awarded to Mr. D. J. De Lloyd, Aberystwyth. The following hymns were sung in an excellent manner: Ceidwad grasol,' "Arwain im dyner," Cawn orphwys yn y nefoedd," Rachub," Calfari," Ely," Margaret," "Lhng-oedrnor," "Glanwydden," Bausanne," Brynamman," "Deisyfiad." "Mawlgan," "Cildwrn," and the anthem "Gweluwchlaw cymmylau amser." The local orchestral band was in attendance and played several selections. Mr. Morgan, Ffridcl Mill, acted as accompanist. The festival was one of the largest ever held by this denomination and proved to be a success.
DOLGELLEY. DR. EDWARD JONES' MEMORIAL.—The sub- scription list has now reached over Z117 6s. 6d. The list will be closed on July 2nd. CRICKET MATCH.—On Wednesday the first match of the season was played on the Marian, between the Town Club, and U.C.W. College. The game ended in favour of the visitors by 44 runs The score being 77-33. FUNERAL.—On Saturday last the funeral took place at Llanelltyd Cemetery of Mrs Grace Lloyd, widow of the late Edward Lloyd, Staylittle. The deceased, who was 83 years of age, was well-known and much respected by her friends. RAILWAY BYE-GONE.—One of the oldest land marks in the advent of railways was done away with last Wednesday, in the entire removal of the first Railway Station built by the G.W.R. Company in 1868. The place was latterly used as a store-room on the new platform. Although as a relic of the olden times it had a charm for the inhabitants, to the stranger however, it was but an eyesore. BURGLARY.—On Wednesday afternoon, a daring burglary took place at Garth Cottage, in which Mr Ellis Owen, the caretaker, lives. It seems that Owen and family were up at the Garth, when some- one entered the house, and helped himself freely of the contents, taking many valuable articles. The offender is supposed to be a tramp, but up to the time of writing no trace of him has been found. PERSONAL.—Mr. R. W. Evans, head-master of the National School, has accepted an appointment on the staff of St. Thomas' College, Colombo, Ceylon, where he will commence his duties in June. Mr. Evans during the period he has been in Dolgelley 9 1 has taken very great interest in the children, and the general welfare of the school. He will also be much missed in the musical circles in the town, as he was ever ready to give his services free and ungrudgingly. PETTY SESSIONS.—Held on Tuesday, before E. Griffith, Esq. (chairman), Dr. J. E. Jones, and Captain Bailey. Thomas Roberts, South-street, was charged with refusing to send his eight year old child to school. Mr. R. Jones-Griffith prose- cuted on behalf of the School Board. Evidence was produced by Mr. Ellis Williams, school attend- ance-officer. The child had absented himself 28 times out of 36. The mother stated that something happened to the child a few years ago, and since then he was unable to go to school. The Bench determined to adjourn the case so that the mother could produce a doctor's certificate by the next sessions. ACCIDENTS.-On Friday, Mr. Thomas Roberts, Lombard-street, met with an accident while gathering moss. The horse bolted, and he fell from the cart, sustaining some injuries. He is, however, rapidly recovering. On Thursday another serious accident occurred at the enamel works of Mr. William Owen, where Mr. John Williams, South-street, was the victim. A heavy slate slab fell upon his foot, and caused a severe injury. The police ambulance rendered assistance in conveying him to his home, where he was attended to by Dr. John Jones and his assistant, Mr. G. E. Williams. SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION-. The Congregational Sunday School Union for this district was held at Islaw'rdref on Sunday, May 21st. In the morning, the children were catechised by Mr Cadwaladr Roberts, Ynysfaig (vice-president of the Union). At 11 o'clock a conference was held, the vice- president in the chair, when it was decided to choose the portions of the Bible for study next year at a committee to be held on the Festival ,iay.-The period to receive subscriptions toward the memorial stone of the late Mr J. B. Davies was axtended till the next meeting to be held at Cntiau. —It was also decided to have two rehearsals, one it Barmouth and the other at Dolgelley, conducted by Mr D. W. Lewis, F.T.S.C., Brynaman, prepara- tory to the Festival.—At the afternoon meeting, which was undqr the presidency of Mr W. Hughes, excellent papers were read by Messrs H. P. Roberts, Arthog; W. Lewis, Arthog; R. Lewis, Tabor; Hugh 3wen, Dolgelley; Hugh Pugh, Rhydwen; Thomas lones, Barmouth; and R. Griffith, Cutiau, to all of ivhom a hearty vote of thanks was afterwards passed. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The fortnightly meeting of this Council was held on Tuesday evening, at the County Hall. Present: Messrs E. Wynne Williams (chairman), J. Edwards (vice-chairman), Ellis Williams, John Griffith, John Jones, E. W. Evans, D. Meredith, Edward Williams John Griffiths, Dr John Jones, with ;R. Barnett, (assistant clerk), W. Jones (surveyor), and E. R. Jones (collector). FLUSHING OF DRAINS. The Clerk said that the committee appointed to consider this matter had not yet met, and there was consequently no report. The same committee had also been appointed to examine Mr J. Thomas' plans. Mr D. Meredith proposed that a committee of the whole Council should consider the matter. The Surveyor said that if a committee went to the place and inspected the drains, they would have to refer the whole matter afterwards to the medical officer of health. Mr J. Edwards proposed that a committee of three should visit the different places and report, as it would easier for three persons to consider the matter, than for the whole Council. Mr Meredith If it is important for three, it is important for the whole Council. Mr Ellis Williams seconded Mr D. Meredith's motion, and Mr John Jones, seconded Mr John Edward's motion, and on a division, Mr Meredith's motion was carried by four votes to three. SURVEYOR'S REPORT. The Surveyor in his report, called attention to a part of Arran-road, which was in a bad condition. The matter was left in abeyance, till the question of the bridge had been settled.—No tender had been received for painting the urinals, etc., and the surveyor said, referring to the slaughter 11 9 house, that there were many things in the place which he thought ought to be removed, such as the slaughtering tools, cattle pens, etc. It was decided to send a committee to inspect these things, and to decide what should be removed, but not without giving notice to Mr. Fox, who had purchased the land. HEALTH OF THE TOWN. There was no foimal report from the medical officer, but it was stated that the health of the town was excellent at present. BRIDGE OVER THE ARRAX. Dr. John Jones, who had given notice on the matter, said that the question of building a new bridge over the Arran had been several times be- fore the Council, but somehow or other the matter had fallen through each time. The last time it came up it was decided to build a bridge, but owing to the financial condition of the Council the matter was dropped. At present he was sure that the financial condition of the Council was in a very good state, and he was sure that the Clerk would bear him out on that point. The Clerk said that he could not say so that evening. Proceeding, Dr. Jones said that the cost of con- structing a bridge would be from P,10 to £ 15, and it would certainly be very useful to the ratepayers in the Arran district, where a great number of people lived, and many houses had been built there recently. He also understood that Mr. E. R. Jones had collected all the rates now. He proposed that they should build a footbridge at this place. Mr. D. Meredith seconded. A short discussion then took place as to an old motion on the minute book, raised by Mr. John Edwards. Dr Jones said it would make no difference at all if there was a motion or not, if it was over six months old. The Clerk: We have no standing order to that effect. Mr Edwards In the absence of a standing order I propose that the old motion be carried out. Mr Edward Williams That motion included certain conditions, but I want this bridge to be un- conditional. Mr R. Richards said that it was nec.essaryto have a bridge at this place as it would be a benefit to the town. To show also that he spoke not for his own advantage, he remind them that he had a bridge of his own, but that was private. He would however, willingly subscribe towards a new bridge. Dr Jones: 1 have no condition in my motion. Mr Edwards is always placing obstacles in the way of every necessary matter. ( Mr Edward Williams: If the old motion on the minute book referred to a cartbridge, we have no right to deal with it, as the motion on the agenda is with regards to a footbridge. Mr J. Edwards proposed that a footbridge be be made over the river on condition that £5 was Dr collected towards it. Dr John Jones seconded, and, and consented to withdraw his own motion. This motion was then carried unanimously, Dr Jones and Mr J. Edwards being appointed to col- lect the money, Mr R. Richards refusing to go stat- ing he would rather help in another matter. FIRE BRIGADE. Mr John Griffith, on behalf of the Fire Brigade applied for sanction to take the Fire Manual to Llandudno, for the annual fire brigade demonstra- tion. Mr Edward Williams proposed that permission be given, Dr Jones seconded, and this was unani- mously agreed to. Mr Griffith also said that many new hydrants had been placed in the town, and were too large for the present standpipe, and he asked permission to get a new one. Mr D. Meredith proposed, and Mr R. Richards seconded, that the request be acceded to, ttnd this was also adopted. ¡,¡a -1Ðii"
Death of Mrs. 0. Slaney Wynne. To the general regret of the inhabitants of Dol- gelley, news was received in the town on Thursday last of the death of Mrs. Wynne, wife of Mr. O. Slaney Wynne, Dolrhyd. She had reached the ripe age of 70 years, but her death was sudden and unexpected. A short while ago she went to Llan- drindod for the benefit of her health, and after remaining there some time proceeded to Shrews- bury, where she stayed at the residence of Mr. Scott, Peniarth Ucha. Deceased lady was in her usual health up to Wednesday evening, and had written stating she was returning home the follow- ing day. Serious symptoms suddenly set in, how- ever, and she died the same night. Her body was conveyed home on Friday, reaching Dolgelley by the 5 p.m. train, being met at the Station by a large concourse of people. Mr. and Mrs. Wynne came to reside at Dolrhyd about ten years ago, having formerly lived at Ruabon. She was a sister of Mrs. Vaughan, of Nannau, while Mr. Wynne is a brother to Mr. W. R. M. Wynne, Lord Lieutenant of the Connty. The townspeople generally held her in high esteem, and her benevolence was wide- spread. She was associated with several local movements, having been for several years the ruling councillor of the local habitation of the Primrose League. She was president of the War Fund Committee for Dolgelley and district, and her interest in the work ot this body was consider- able and practical. Mrs. Wynne was a faithful attendant at Dolgelley Church. Great sympathy is extended to Mr. Wynne in his sad and trying bereavement. THE FUNERAL. The funeral, which was of a semi-public nature took place on Saturday last, the interment being made at Llanelltyd Churchyard. The chief mourners were Mr O. Slaney Wynne (husband), Mr_ W. R. M. Wynne, Lord Lieutenant for Merioneth- shire; Mr John Vaughan, Nannau; Mr Robert Vaughan, MrC. J. Owen and Mrs Owen, Hengwrt- ucha: Rev F. P. Watkin-Davies, Llanfachreth; and Mr E. O. Watkin-Davies, Plasyngreen, Den- bigh. Amongst those those who sent carriages were Mr R. E. Ll. Richards, Caerynwch; Mr C. R. Williams, Dolmelynllyn Mr J. Leigh Taylor, Pen- maenucha; Miss Cobbe, Hengwrt Issaf Dr Charles Williams, Hengwm; Mrs Fletcher, Penycoed, Dol- gelley etc. The following were observed amongst those present:—Mr Ed. Griffith, J.P., Springfield; Mr Richard Griffith, Plasnewydd; Major Best, chief constable for Merionethshire Dr John Jones and Mr R. Guthrie Jones, Caerffynon, Captain Bailey, Tanllan Mr G. W. Kinman, headmaster, Dolgelley Grammar School; the Hon. C. H. Wynn and Mrs Wynn, Rug Mr Robert Pugh, Helygog Mr Owen Jones, agent for Peniarth estate Mr T. H. Roberts, Gatamele, agent for Hengwrt-ucha estate Mr J. C.Hughes, solicitor, Dolgelley; Mr T. P. Jones, N. I S. Wales Bank, Dolgelley; Mr R. Wynne Williams, chairman Dolgelley District Council; Messrs John Griffith, and Wm. Hughes, Dolgelley Mr Morgan (junior), Bryncoedifor, Rhydymain; Mr Tudor, Glanmachlas; Mr Wm. Owen, Liverpool House, Dolgelley; Mr Ed. Williams (Llew Meirion); Mr David Owen, Cross Keys; Mr D. E. Hughes, etc. Previous to the departure of the funeral cortege from the house, a short service was conducted thereat by the Rev. J. Lloyd reetor of Dolgelley. Llanelltyd Church is picturesquely situated about a mile from Dolrhyd and two miles from Dolgelley. A large concourse of people had assembled at the churchyard to await the mournful procession, and the little church was far too small to admit of all these. The service was an impressive one, and the officiating clergymen were the Rev William Owen, vicar of Llanelltyd; Rev J. Lloyd, rector of Dol- gelley; and the Rev F. P. Watkin Davies,-Llanfach- reth. The organist (Mrs Morgan) played the Dead March" as the mourners entered the church, and she also played a voluntary at the, conclusion of the service. The beautiful hymns "'Abide with Me," and Peace, perfect Peace" were also sung. The body was then conveyed to the graveside, where the last solemn rites were performed by the Rev J. Lloyd,. The grave had been tastefully decorated, the sides being lined with choice white rhodendrums and evergreens, edged with forget-me- nots and moss. This work had been carried out by Mr J. Stokes, gardener at Dolrhyd, assisted by Mr John Jones, gardener at Nannau. The coffin which enclosed a leaden shell, was of polished oak, with Drass-mountings. The breast-plate bore the follow- ing simple inscription Mary Owen S. Wynne, Died May 23rd., 1900. The following acted as bearers:—Messrs J. Stokes (gardener), Robert Evans (joiner), William Owen, John Owen, Robert Evans, Edward Owen, John Thomas, and W. O. Williams. The coffin was literally covered with floral tributes, made up of exquisite flowers and leaves in the form of wreaths, chaplets, and crosses, and were sent by the following:—Sister and Niece Dora; Emily and Ellis; Mrs Vaughan (sister), David and Annie Bill Elsie and Bill Dowager Lady Williat "-Wynne Mrs Wynne, Peniarth; Mrs Holland, Caerit- Colonel and Mrs Wickham; Mr. J. Leigh Taylor nd Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs G. F. Scott, Penmaenucha Lady Walker and Mrs Lewis, London; Mr and Mrs Charles Williams, Hengwm; E. Grainger, M. Harper and J. Lang- ford Mrs Edwards, Dolserau; Rev F. P. Watkin Davies, Llanfachreth the Hon C. H. Wynn, Mrs and Misses Wynn, Rug, Corwen Dr and Mrs Grey Edwards Mrs Scott and Miss Stewart, Betton Strange; Mrs H. Lloyd Williams and Mrs Richards, Fronheulog Miss Brancker, Tynlan Mrs E. Watkin Davies Mrs E. O. Watkin Davies Mr and Mrs Heyward Brown, Rhyl; Mr, Mrs, and Miss Griffiths, Brynadda Mrand ATrs J. C. Hughes, Dolgelley Miss Bush, Mrs Gill; Miss Annie Par- tridge, Miss Margaret E. Jones, Miss Owen, Norman Lodge Miss Jane Williams, Ty Ucha Miss Jane Jones, Post Office, Bontddu; Mr W. Watts; Dolrhyd servan ts, Nannau servants, Harris and Peniarth servants, etc. The members of the Idris Habitation of the Primrose League also sent a beautiful token in the form of a harp, bearing the inscription: In affectionate remem- brance of their Ruling Councillor." Printing quickly and neatly done at the "Welsh Gazette" Printeries, Bridge Street.
[FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] London, Wednesday Afternoon. WELSH COlJXTY COUNCILS. The scheme for amalgamating the Welsh County Councils for certain national pur- poses promises to be successful. There is nothing in the Local Government Act to hinder the formation of such a Council; indeed, some provision is made for it. Un- fortunately, such a Council, as far as its present legal powers go, would not be worth the trouble of convening. The object of the organisers of the present movement is to extend these powers, and to give the Council when formed a certain amount of financial responsibility, for it is clear that nothing can be done unless the Council can pay the salaries of its officials. It is probable that the Government will be willing enough to hand over some administrative work to this Central Body, very much in the same manner as the organisation of Intermediate Educa- tion is left in the hands of the Central Board. In fact, the analogy is complete, for z-- y there is in each county a County Governing Body as well as a County Council. One of the easiest matters for joint consideration, and a matter which is calling for urgent attention, is rural sanitation, a subject which has been so ably treated in your columns. As matters rest at present, the Rural San- itary Authority is the only body which attempts to carry out a sanitary programme. I believe that with the exception of the counties of Glamorgan and Carnarvon no Welsh county has appointed a Medical Officer of Health. There are innumerable directions in which such a Council could take the initiative; e.g., the promotion of Light Railways through two or three counties, the development of a thorough scheme of Tech- nical Education, the development of fish- eries, and many other urgent questions. On the other hand, it might be necessary for this Council to oppose certain projects it would be strong enough to bring even the big railway companies to terms on certain points, and it could restrain if necessary the drawing off of Welsh water for the benefit of the large English towns. It is devoutly to be hoped that the movement is properly organised. One is apt to doubt this when one hears of hastily convened meetings and small attendances. h. Greaves and Mr. Lloyd George, however, deserve the thanks of all Welshmen for bringing the question into such prominence. THE DISSOLUTION. There is a great deal of talk in the air of an early dissolution. It is said that Mr. Chamberlain is pressing for General Election before the turn of the tide, whilst Lord Salisbury is unwilling to take advantage of the momentary aberration of the country. Probably there is some truth in all this, as it is perfectly certain that it is in Mr. Chamberlain's interest to take advantage of the jingo fever when at its height. On the other hand Lord Salisbury is not likely to resign as long as foreign affairs especially in Morocco and the Far East are in such a precarious position. There are few Tories who would care to see Joseph Chamberlain as Prime Minister directing the fortune of Great Britain in her relation with Foreign Powers. Should there be a Central Election this summer, that most undesirable result would be brought about, for if there's one thing certain it is that Joseph will not be jockeyed out of the Premiership in a new Conservative Government One shudders at the thought of Joseph having diplomatic relations with the Emperor of Germany or- the Czar of Russia. THE WAR. r The fate of the Boers as far as regular warfare is concerned is decided. It has become more and more evident during the- last few days that the Boer Army is helpless when facing the immense armies of England. At the same time the Boers are pursuing their only policy, and that policy is retreat. Nothing would answer the purposes of Lord Roberts better than a gallant and hopeless stand on the part of the Boers. As long as the Boer Army remains intact, it will be a standing menace to Eng- land, and to the English Colonies in South Africa. Probably the Government will recognize this, and hasten to make good terms as soon as Lord Roberts reaches Pretoria. It can not be to the interests of England to have such an immense body of soldiers shut up for an indefinite period in South Africa. For the same reason, in order to get over the so-called obstinacy of the Boer, the English Government will have to give the best of terms, and it is not unlikely that the first step will be to grant a general indemnity to all who have taken up arms. THE WHITS UN HOLIDAYS. Londoners are preparing to take advantage of the Whitsun Holidays, and thousands of people are making their arrangements for a visit to the Paris Exhibitions. In many directions the prolonged strain of the war is telling upon trade and it is feared that a great collapse will ensue. The legal pro- fession I hear is far from busy, and this is generally regarded as one of the signs of a bad season, the argument being that law is a. speculation and that people with shallow pockets cannot afford to speculate. A successful preaching meeting was held at Sherland-road Chapel on Sunday, when sermons were preached by the Revs. Evan Phillips of Newcastle Emlyn and Thomas Charles Williams of Menai Bridge. This chapel has entered upon a new era of pro- gress under the care of the Rev. John Davies, who is, I believe, a native of Bala. The Church has not only increased its membership, but seveval new branches have been started in connection with it, all of which are in fair way to flourish.
Birtbs, marriages and Deaths. BIRTHS. HALL—May 27th, the wife of Edward Hall, surveyor, Carnarvon, of a daughter. JOI;ES.-May 27th, at Wileirog-isaf, Borth, the wife of Griffith Jones, of a daughter. MORGAN—May 27th, at Marshlands, Aberystwyth, the wife of Dr. M. J. Morgan of a daughtor. MARRIAGES. BURTON-GRIFFITlis-May 30th, at the Registrar's Office, Machynlleth, Mr. Owen Burton, Esgairfor, Llanwrin, to "Miss Jane Griffiths, Newport. DAVIES—DAVIES—May 22nd, at the Parish' Church, Penboyr, Tom Morgan Davies, Angel House* Cardigan, to Miss Davies, Peurallt, Penboyr. DAvIEs-JENKINs-May 22nd, at Market-square Con- gregational Church, Merthvr, by the Rev. T. R Jenkins, B.A., assisted by the Rev. W. G. Jenkins, B.A., brothers of ths bride, Edward Morris Davies, North and South Wales Bank, Limited Carnarvon, to Margaret Rachel, daughter of the Rev. 1). M. Jenkins, late of Liverpool. JONES—OLIVER—May 24th, at the Tabernacle Chapel, Aberystwyth, by the Rev. W. Jones, Mr. Daniel Jones to Miss Mary Oliver, both of LlanfihangeL- Geneurglyn. DEATHS. EVANS—May 27th, at Fountain Court, Trefechan, Margaret Anne Evans, daughter of David Evans,, labourer, aged 18 months. EDwAHDs-May 24th, at Felinfach, Talybont, Miss Edwards, sister of Mrs D. O. Edwards, aged 50 years. JONES—On Friday, May 27th, at Oldham, Lancashire, Jennie, wife of Mr. Ellis E. Jones, of Barmouth, aged 43 years. LEWIS—May 28th, at Bridge-street, Aberystwyth,, Thomas Hamilton Lewis, grocer, aged 43 years. WYNNE—May 23rd, at Shrewsbury Mrs Wynne, wife of Mr O. Slaney Wynne, Dolrhyd, Dolgelley, aged 70 years. J « Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGE REES, at the "WELSH GAZETTE" Printeries Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County» Cardigan. Thursday, May 31st* 1900.