=-r_=-ï ABEUYSTWYTII. R^iilwaymen's Dinner. The r:v:a! or tno railway in Aberysi s,ylli, which had been postponed' owing to the Queen's death, was held on Thursday evening last, at t ha-Talbot Hotel. The Mayor ('-Nir E. Wynne; piosiueil, and he was supported a* cross-tuole by Mr A. J Hughe* (town o!crk), Coun- -ciliors iL Peake, It. J. Jones, T. E. Salmon, Messrs T, Gri.titn, J.P., VV. H. Holler, A Thomas (statibn- master Sergeant, and i). C. O.ven. There were also petit Messrs E. J. Da vies (M. and M. Officfc), S. Giit .>e,' No D. Jones, E. Grilhths, J. J. BemboW, John I. David Davies, John Lewis, 1' Browne, John Urdus, William Grilfitbs, Thomas Owen, AU'reU ilag_U«.\3, \V. Jones, Jack Hughes*. W. J- Evans, Xotn S. Owen, Thomas tyfkelt, John Potts, Charles Campbell, VI. H. Williams, D. T. Jones, T. H: Collins, Lrhvat-d Shore, J. F. Thomas, J. Bumtord, D. Jones (guard), W. T. Roberts. E. Hindley, R. J. Jenkins, VI. Tregonning, D. Griffin, G. Jones, Henny Jenkins, John Rogers, Charles Jones, Til. T. Wil- lianas, i) Prise, i'ryee Jones, J. A. Bevan, J. R. Thomas D. J. Davies, J. Edwards, J. Jones, D. Rober.s. Pearson, J. 11. Potts, William Thomps, Ai->en, etc. A'rer partaking of an excellent dinner, an enjoyable toast list, interspersed wit il -soags, re uiaiou- &o., was gone tarougn. The .vlayor in proposing the toast of The King and and tae Royal Family," said after the sad e\ •••JK.S ot rbe last few weeks he was sure that he ne" appeal to thc.Toyalty of th2 company preset.. and he had great pleasure in asking them to driii:v uearty to the toast of the King and Queen. He did his with all the greater pleasure because a week ,,1' two ago he had the honour ot proclaiming the Kiug as King of the United Kingdom and Erhperoroi: i.he Indian Empire (hear, hear). No words were needed to commend that toast to the railway- men, uan whom there were none more loyal, whowere always devoted to their work, to their country, and he hopud that they would be to their King (hear, near). The toast, was then drunk with en- thusiasm, Mr Arthur Hughes, submitting the toast of The Army and Navy and thd Auxiliary Forces," said al no time had there been a greater likelihood of this toast being well received than at this time (Hear, hear). He did not think it was becoming to refer to the terrible losses that had oecured—he thought they would be consulting the wishes of the soldiers and sailors by not doing so—but rather they should wish them li-od speed. And it was always a matter -of great, comfort and solace to our men that when they were giving up their lives and enduring every Z, discomfort and suffering, to know that they had a warm-nearted country which felt deeply for them. (Cheer.). He was sure they all wished the men a safe return, and that soon (hear, hear). Conclud- ing, Mr Hughes said he would tell the Company as a great secret that in every probability a volunteer corps at Aberystwyth would be a real accomplished fact and that in a very short time. (Load cheers). Mr David Jones proposed the toast of "The Town and Trade of Aberystwyth. In the course of a humourous speech the proposer said he had been in the employ ot the Cambrian Co. for 40 years, and hoped he would see another 40 years' service. (Laughter and app'unse). The Mayor was the first to respond. In the first place, he said, it was one of the greaest compli- ments be believed he would have during his year of orhce was to preside over this gathering of railwayrnen. (Hear, hear). Had it not been for the confidence reposed in him by the working men of Aberystwyth he would not have bad the honour of being in the chair and presiding over them that evening as Mayor of Aberystwyth. Speaking of the trade of Aberystwyth, the Mayor said lie did not agree with some people when they said it was declining. Perhaps it was not as flourishing now as it was 30 years ago when all the lead mines were working, but if they perused the returns of the different railway companies week by week they would see an increase of traffic. This was the case with the Cambrian Co., while the M & M. Co. delivered into Aberystwyth last year over 3.000 tons more goods than the previous year. Then again there was the scheme for the light railway to Bevil's Bridge, which they all hoped would bring additional trade to the town. (applause). Councillor it. feaice also acknowledged the toast, and enumerated the University, Pivnlimon water scheme, drainage, and other works and improvements, all of which had been accomplished during the past 25 years. Future works included the extension of the promenade and main sewer, street paving, and other important works. Their intention was to make Aberystwyth one of the finest watering places not only on the Welsh coast but on any part of the coast of England, (applause). Mr W. H, Ilollier also acknowledged the toast. He said the success of the town lay not with the employers, who were willing to pay a fair and living wage for a good article turned out, but it lay with tae working men themselves. He referred to the great influence which railway men had upon the commercial success of a town,-aiici said if tney did their work conscientiously they would not only benefit themselves, but the town at large would reap a great and lasting benefit. The toast of the evening, "Success to the Cam- brian Railways Company, the M. & M. Railway Company, and the Vale of Rbeidol Company," was proposed by Councillor Salmon, who, after a brief reference to the time when he himself was an .em- ployee in the locomotive shed of the M. &. M. Rail- way Company, alluded to the pleasure he felt in being honoured with the proposing of that import- ant toast. He remembered the time when only I four trains came into the town on the Cambrian Railways Company and onl*. two on the M. &. M. Railway. He was proud to know that he was the son of one who for the last fifty years had been a railway man (hear, hear). The prosperity of a town depended very much upon the railway which served it, and he was glad to know that Mr Denniss was showing much energy in adding to the pros- perity of the Company wbiuh he had the honour to represent (hear, hear). And as a manager he was no doubt doing his utmost to add to the prosperity of the towns on the line of railway. The Cambrian Railway Company were doubling the line at differ- ent points, and he looked to the time when the line would be doubled into Aberystwyth (hear, hear). He also hoped the M. & M. would continue to im- prove, and that the Vale of Rheidol Railway would bring further prosperity to the town (hear, hear). He coupled with the toast the narpes of Mr Thomas, station master Cambrian Railway, Councillor .H.JI. Jones, and Mr A. J. Hughes. Mr Thomas, stationmaster, in acknowledging the toast on behalf of the Cambrian Company, said it had been truly said that the prosperity of the local railways meant that of the town (hear, hear). Last summer the number of people who came down to Aberystwyth would no doubt have proved a record had it not been for the exceptionally bad weather in August. With the unrivalled beautit..sof Aberyst- wyth, which were so greatly appreciated, they were assured of a large number of visitors; but he should like tQ see some steps being taken towards making Aberystwyth a winter resort. He was sure if people in many parts of England which were at the present time covered with snow, knew what the state of the weather was at Aberystwyth they would be glad to come down there (applause). Mr Evan J. Davics responded on behalf of the M. and M. Co., and said the traffic on that line for the past few years had increased enormously, while last year they carried more passengers than in any previous year. Mr Arthur J. Hughes, responding on behalf of the Rheidol Railway Company, said he had bad the honour and privilege of occupying various-positions in the town of Aberystwyth, but thirty or forty years ago he little anticipated that his ntyiie would be associated with that of any railway company. However, he was proud, after having been their guest for many years, to join the ranks of railway servants. He might tell them that for a great number of years h" had been working hard with one object in view. It was not to create competi- tion with what he might call the parent lines, but by the promotion ot the vaie or rineiuoi LJgllt Railway it was hoped to provide additional amuse- ment and pleasure for those whom the Cambrian and M. and M. Cos. brought to Aberys: wytb. They all knew that for years past there ha< 1 been a great difficulty in dealing with the visitors who came to the town. The Town Council had now actually commenced the great work, the extension of the promenade. That was, really, because the promenade was too small to provide for the needs of the people who favcured them with their visits during the summer. Now, if this little line was carried through they would be able not only to relieve the traffic from the Terrace, but also be able to provide amusement for the thousands of people by getting them out to Devil's Bridge to see what they had to show in this country. It was always dangerous to prophesy, but what he was going to tell them was not a matter of prophesying, but a matter that had been really settled. He said it with all c^vic'ion th?** 'ittle line was going to be, and would be, completed Ly the of 1902 (applause). Those connected with the Company were men of position, and the capita1 of £ 51,000 had been actually found between seven or eight uf them. The contract, had actually been signed, and if possession of the land was given to the Company before the 9th March, the line would be completed before the 9th March next year (cheers) He was not speaking out of boek, but telling them what was practically certain. However, there were some, and, he supposed, some would always exist, who wanted to throw cold water on every scheme What. would Aberystwyth be but for Tom Savin and the pioneers of the M. and M. Railway 1 What were thev called in those days They were called fools And this same feeling was associated with this small undertaking. He had heard it asked" But will it pay"? Yet those who made such observations were the very men who would not su escribe one I J, £W sixpence of the capital. It was time to put down sucn men who discouraged these projects. They wanted every encouragement for the people v.*ii ang embark their money in such concern. The gentle- men whom he was associated with were not philanthropists; they did not purport to come there and deal with them as a matter of charity. They meant to invest their money with the view of getting it back, audit was not for those who threw cold water on these schemes to put their opinions against those men. Those men were men who had made their money by this means who had the cold water on these schemes to put their opinions against those men. Those men were men who had made their money by this means who had the courage of their convictions, and bacxerl up their opinions by investing their capital (hear. hoar). He hoped that by next year they would have an employee of the Yale of Rheidol Railway present to respond to the toast (applause.) Mr Sarjetait proposed the toast of The Host and Hostess," to which Mr Jones responded. Mr Thomas (stationmaster), proposed the toast ot the Health orthe Mayor," which was heartily received, and the happy re-union concluded with the singing of God save the King.' Amongst those who conrnuntcd to the evening's wero, Messrs C. Jone, M. T. Williams. 1. D, Jones, D, Price, S. Giitherce, Armitage, Cauip- be'.l. J. Davies. D. Davies. end others.
"14\ Rural District Ccimcil. _i The monthly meeting of this body was held on Monday morning at the Board Room, Union Work- house. Aberystwyth, lr. John Morgan, Ponterwyd (chairman) presiding, there JJwere also present Mr. E. J. Evans, Llaugwyryfon (vice-chairman) Messrs Edward Jones, Ceulanynraesmawr; Lewis Richards, Cwmrheidol Thos."Jenkins and William Morris, Cvioethybrenin; J. B. Morgan, Cynnull- mawr; Richard James, Henllys; W. A. Miller, Issanydre; Richard Jones, Llanbadarn Upper; James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; Richard Jenkins, Llancynfeiin David Morgan and Thomas Powell, Llanfihangel Upper; Daniel Morris and David Edmunds, Llanilar Evan Lewis, Llan Haminiog; John Jones, Llan Mefenvdd; Charles Davies, Llan- vchaiarn; Thomas James and Richard Davies, Trefeirig; and David Lloyd, Vaenor Upper; with Hugh Hughes (clerk),E. Llewelyn (assistant clerk), and J. Hughes (Inspector). Ys TO ITU EN* MIXE. A letter was read from the Rheidol Mining Company Limited, applying for the consent of the Council to carry over the parish road opposite Ystumtuen Mine a wire rope to transmit power from a turbine, which would be alongside the river, to the dressing place upon the hill; the height proposed was 12 feet. They also asked per- mission to lay a six inch pipe along the road to carry water from a pump to a stone breaker. Mr. Edward Jones considered the twelve feet would not be a sufficient height to admit of loads of hay or straw passing along the road, and suggested that the height of the rope should be 15 feet. Mr. A. W. Miller proposed that the road surveyor visit the spot, and subject, to his approval, the request be granted, provided the wire was put at a height of 15 feet. Mr. J. B. Morgan seconded, and the resolution was unaminously agreed to. OFFICERS' SUPERANNUATION*. In accordance with notice given, Mr. James Jones proposed that the Council approve of the principles of the Local Authorities Superannuation Bill. The mover pointed out that the Guardians had approved of the Bill, and he thought their officers should have the same fairplay. Mr. Thomas James seconded. Mr. Richard James was opposed to the resolution, believing they should leave the matter alone. To pass such a resolution meant that the Councils officials were underpaid. If that was the case, he considered they should increase their salaries, and so avoid the necessity of joining such a scheme. The Chairman pointed out that no expense would be incurred by the Council, as the contributions under the proposed ^scheme would be paid by the officers themselves. Mr Richard James proposed, and Mr David Lloyd seconded, that the matter be allowed tu lie on the table. On a division, the amendment was carried. The Chairmain (smiling) Well, we have made a wise decision. But we are allowed to do what we like.: Mr James Jones: Perhaps, if someone else had proposed it it would have been passed. THE CWMERFIN ROAD. A letter was read from the Trefeirig Parish Council stating that the above road had now been completed, and requesting this Council to tike it over. The road was a mile-and-a-half in length. J Mr Thomas Jones said the Parish Council had spent 9,6 in repaiiing the road, while the in- habitants had given the use of horses and carts to convey the material. There were IS families li ving in the valley, and there were also two chapels there, and he considered it was only right that the Council should take this road over. Mr Richard Davies proposed that the road be taken over by the Council. Mr William Morris said he was not opposed to the proposal, but suggested that they should first of all have the surveyor's report upon the road. He proposed an amendment to that effect. Mr Richard James seconded, and the amendment was agreed to, a committee being also appointed to accompany the surveyor to the place. TY CAM FOOTBRIDGE. The question of the erection of a new footbridge over the river Rheidol, near Ty Cam, was again considered, the Clerk stating that communications had now been received on the matter from both the Llanbadarn Upper and Cwmrheidol Parish Councils. They stated that the present bridge was impassable and in a dangerous state. Mr Richard Jones and Mr Lewis Richards pointed out that a new bridge was greatly needed, as the school was now the other side of the river, and the children had to pass over it. Mr Richard James said it was evident a bridge was needed at this place, but if they constructed this one they would be forming a precedent. Would these two parishes be prepared to make a con- tribution toward the expense provided the District Council was also willing to pay a share ? The Chairman said they were aware the Council was not compelled to do this work, but he thought they might grant the two parishes named say a sum of P,20 toward the cost of constructing the bridge. After further discussion, it was decided, on the motion of Mr J. B. Morgan, seconded by Mr Chas. Davies, that a plan of the proposed bridge and an estimate of the cost be submitted to the next meet- ing, when it could be decided what amount, to grant toward the construction. THE INSPECTOR'S APPOINTMENT. A letter was read from the Local Government Board acknowledging the form containing the particulars of the proposed appointment of Mr J. Hughes as inspector of nuisances for the rural dis- trict of Aberystwyth. The Board pointed out that Mr Hughes did not appear to possess any technical qualifications for the office, and requested that they might be fully informed of the grounds on which the Council considered that he was competent to discharge the duties of inspector of nuisances efficiently. They also requested that the testi- monials produced by Mr Hughes might be forwarded for the Board's inspection. The Clerk stated he had sent the testimonials up to the Board, He thought the best course would be to write to them again stating they considered the testimonials satisfactory, and that Mr Hughes was a fully competent man. The Chairman suggested that they should get a promise from Mr Hughes that he would qualify himself as soon as possible. Mr James Jones said he did not think they could make it a condition, but they might recommend it to the"inspector. It was eventually decided that the Clerk write to the Local Goverment Board in accordance with his suggestion. STONES ON THE HIGHWAY. Mr David Morgan referred to the litigation in which the Cardigan County Council had just been engaged in connection with allowing stones to re- main on the highway, and his attention had been drawn that day to a similar state of thing on the District Council's road. The County Council had escaped damages, but the District Council would surely come into trouble if the surveyors were not very careful. Mr James Jones suggested that there should he depots whereat the stones could be kept. That, he thought, would be a great convenience. 11 Mr David Morgan said he had been informed of I roads where heaps of stones were left not for one night but for several nights. liLANBADARJf WATER RATE. Mr Benjamin Jones, Pendre Farm, Llanbadarn, appeared before the Council and complained that he had been called upon to pay the water rate for the parish of Llanbadarn when he did not use the I water. The standpipe was near his cowshed, but I he did not require it as his landlord had spent about iE20 in getting water from a well, which was better than the water provided by the I Council. The water in the pipes not fit for drinkiifg. as it was full of sediment, no provision having been made to clean the pipes. Mr Miller explained that the water at present was contaminated slightly with the tar on the pipes, but if the water was used that would soon wear j off. o The Clerk said they could not compel Mr Jones I to pay the water rate, as he did not u.-e the water, j Mr Miller said if they allowed this money; it j would become a serious matter. They had already j knocked off one-half of the rateable value. The Inspector was directed to U all houses in ¡:I. the parish where the water supply was obtained from wells, and to take samples, so as to ascertain whether such was suitable for domestic purposes. INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported upon the standpipes at Pendre, and it was decided that they be removed to the opposite side of the road, which would prevent waste water causing any nuisance. The Inspector said he received an intimation from Dr James of a case of scarlet fever at one of the Pendre Cottages. He visited the. house and found the patient re- covering. and took the necessary steps for fumiga- tion. He had served notices on the owners ot Tvfron and Ffrwd Ddu, Cwmrheidol, to have these dwelling houses made fit for human habitation within six months. He visited Pantymwyn, Llan- afan, and found it in a most filthy and dilapidated condition. He served a notice on the tenant to quit within 14 days, and he was now preparing to leave. At Crnglas, where cases of typhoid had occurred, he had destroyed the bedding, wearing apparel, etc. He visited Cwmystwyth mine on the 26th January and examined the slime pits, numbering eight, which were kept very satisfactorily. The only complaint lie had was that in cleaning them out thev threw the slime to the side next to the river, and when a flood came some of it was carried away, lie gave orders that that was not to be done any more, and they promised to clean the pits out in future on the side farthest from the river. He also suggested to the manager that they should have sets of slime pits, so as to be able to turn the water into one set while cleaning out the other, and he promised to consider the matter. He visited Frongoch mine on the 28th January, and found the slime pits in a very bad condition. He served notices to have the pits cleaned out within seven days, also to erect some new ones, as the existing ones were not sufficient for their work. Since then be bad received a letter from Mr Trevor, the manager, stating they would comply with the notice as soon as possible. Mr James Jones said the pollution of the river was a serious thing, and one cow had died through drinking the water. The river that day was clean, but on Saturday and Sunday it was covered with slime. They did not seem to have done anything at the mines yet. The Inspector said he again visited Frongoch mine on Saturday, February 9th, and found them making arrangements to properly dispose of the slime. Mr James Jones proposed that they write to the managers of the mines asking them to stop all work until the slime pits were in proper order. Mr Powell having seconded, this was agreed to. The Inspector reported in consequence of com- plaints received from Goginan of nuisances caused by the unfinished state of the drainage, he had paid a visit to that village. He saw the drain which had been left uncompleted, and thought that the work should be carried out as at first proposed without delay. The Chairman said the pipes, which numbered 150 to 200, were left lying about. The Inspector said a trench had been dug, but was filled again without placing in the pipes. The Clerk pointed out (that the Parish Council were not in favour of having the drain extended. Mr J. B. Morgan proposed that they write to the Local Government Board calling attention to the drainage and to the action of the Parish Council. Mr Thomas Jones seconded. The Chairman suggested that they should write again to the Parish Council, as 'probably they would now consent to the drain being extended. Mr Morgan withdrew his proposition, and the Chairman's suggestion was unanimously agreed to. The Inspector reported he had visited Borth three times since the last meeting. All the drains and cess-pools there were now working satis- factorily. The culvert had also been repaired, and was working very well. The Inspector said he had not prepared a new scheme for the drainage of Borth, as the inhabitants did not want one. It was decided that the Clerk write to the Local Government Board Inspector asking him to appoint any day he liked to inspect the drainage of Borth. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. A special meeting of the members of the Board of Guardians was held on Monday afternoon at the Union Workhouse, to consider the salaries of the medical officers for the Llanilar and Rheidiol dis- tricts. The business was treated in committee. After a long deliberation, it was decided to increase the salary of Dr Morgan for the Rheidiol district by L10 per annum, the salary of the medical officer for the Llanilar district being left as at present.
Cardigan County Governing Body. The quarterly meeting of the Governing Body was held on Wednesday, Februar3T 13th, at the Town Hall, Aberystwyth, there were present; Prin- cipal Roberts, presiding; Mrs Jessy Williams, Messrs D. C. Roberts and C. M. Williams, Rev T. Levi, Aberystwyth Dr Lloyd and Mr Jenkin Lloyd Tregaron, Mr J. C. Jones, Llanarth; Mr L. J. Roberts. H.M.I., Rh\d Dr Evans, ^Gellifaharen, Llandyssul; and Mr H. C. Fryer, clerk. A letter was read from the Rev Thomas James, Llandyssul (chairman), apologising for his inability to attend the meeting. THE LATE QUEEN. A resolution of sympathy with the King and Queen and the members of the Royal Family upon the death of Queen Victoria was proposed by the Chairman, and having been seconded by Aid C. M. Williams, was carried unanimously. HEADMASTER'S HOUSE AT TREGARON. The Clerk read a letter from the Board of Educa- tion approving of the plans of the proposed Head- master's house at Tregaron, and stating that the Local Managers could proceed to invite tenders which, together with the intimation as to which of them the Managers accepted and the amount of the loan that would be required, should be forwarded to the Board. The Clerk said it would be for the local managers to consider whether they should apply for the loan or whether the negotiations could be better carried on by the County Governing Body. Dr Lloyd proposed that that Body should negotiate the loan, believing that possibly they could get better terms than the local managers. Another thing, he was afraid that the amount stated previously was too small, the plans having been altered and the managers having bad to go in for a much more elaborate building than was anticipated at the commencement. He thought Z700 would have to be asked for. If they could do with less all the better. "Ald. Williams said the Body could not undertake to negotiate 2or loans for all the local governing bodies in the county. The local bodies could carry on the negotiations much more effectively because they could meet as often as they liked, whereas the Body only met every three months. Mr Jenkin Lloyd said such matters as the ex- tension of the time of repayment and the terms of interest could be better managed by the Body. They would be doing a great service to the local Managers by making a representation on those matters to the Board of Education. The Clerk said that no doubt the Board of Education would allow repayment to be spread over f irty years if it was pointed out to them that the Managers had to build a much more expensive building than they at first intended in order to meet the requirements of the Board's Inspector, and also that it would then be possible for the rent to cover the principal and interest. Mr D. C. Roberts saying that the Managers should first of all fix upon the amount they re- si quired, it was agreed that the Managers should wait until they received the tenders before apply- ing for a loan, Dr Lloyd withdrawing his propo- sition. THE CARDIGAN SCHOOL. A letter was read from the Charity Commis- sioners with regard to the disposal of the proceeds from the building at Cardigan, formerly the Old Free School, which the Body had proposed to be given in scholarships to poor pupils in Cardigan. The Commissioners seated that the scheme would not allow of the deversion of money which should be for the use of the county as a whole to the use of one body only, but would allow this infringe- ment of the scheme provided that the majority of the Body and the majority of the members of each local managing body in the County, signed forms, which were enclosed, assenting the course taken. On the motion of Mr J. C. Jones, seconded by Dr Evans, it was agreed that this condition should be complied with and the forms sent to the local managing bodies. cl 11 CENTRAL WELSh BOARD'S REPORT. The report of the Central Welsh Board upon the inspection and examination of the Cardigan county schools in 1900 and the general report upon the Weish County schools was presented and con- sidered. The Chairman said he noticed in regard to Aberystwyth School the following remark in the roport—" That it' would be well if the existing debt could be cleared with the least possible delay. The Managers would then be encouraged to proceed to place the scientific and technical in- struction on a thoroughly satisfactory basis." The Aberystwyth School, as they all must recognise, was very greatly hampered by the absence of scientific and technical requirements. It was im- possible to work that type of school at all without t hese accessories, which were not at present provided except in so far as the apparatus could be placed in rooms that were intended for other purposes. If c iCy only compared the Aberystwyth School with Towyn School buildings and equipment it would be a revelation to them as to the hampering conditions which existed in the case of the Aber- ystwyth School. To his mind there could not be a more imperative or urgent duty upon any body or community than that which was on the community of Aberystwyth at once to meet this deficiency. He said it with the utmost earnestness and he thought that if properly faced the burden was one which would very soon vanish. He did not know wliethpy the Body thought the time had come for any aet'on on their part byond such en egression of opinion as lie had just made .ror* the chair. They happened to be meeting that day ai Aber- ystwyth. Mr Jenkin Lloyd: How docs this hamper the school. < The Chairman: No school c,ii carry out its work without proper laboratory accommodation. Mr Lloyd—The money has not- been pro- vided ? The Chairman—Until the debt remaining on the building is paid they cannot go on it the equip- ment of laboratories. Mr L. J. Roberts asked whether Aberystwyth was the only school in that condition, and: the Cbairman"replied that he believed so. The Clerk said he had a letter there from the Aberayron Managers who were unable, owing to the want of funds, to provide ihe necessary apparatus for tlie teaching of cookery and asking the County Governing Body to make a tion in favonr of raising the technical instruction rate to a penny, as they found that the .half-penny rate was not sufficient to meet the expenses. The Chairman observed that that was not a similar case to that of Aberystwyth as they had a laboratory. At Aberystwyth it was the question of finding room for the apparatus. The Clerk observing that Aberystwyth did not have the advantage of a rich benefactor as Towyn had, the Chairman said he did not believe that the Aberystwyth Managers need hesitate a moment in going on with the technical building and equipment necessary once the debt was paid, and that was part of their undertaking with the county authority and a condition to the location of the School at Aberystwyth. Mr Jenkin Lloyd asked who was responsible for the debt. The Body had held Tregaron responsible for the money and Aberystwyth ought to be treated in the same manner. He wotil(I like to know who was actually responsible in that case for the £ 700. He thought it was time some action was taken in the matter. Mr J. C. Jones: We have no right to interfere. Mr Lloyd I think we have. 0 Mr Jones They have conformed with the rules laid down at the time and now it is a personal responsibility on the part of the Managers. I quite agree with the Chairman, but we can do nothing but write asking them to do their duty. They do not do theif duty and it is deplorable to think that we have to call their attention to that fact. I do not wish to wound the susceptibilities of the Managers, but we have only to tell them in plain language that they do not do their duty. They seem to have been living in a fool's paradise waiting for something to turn up some day or other from somewhere. Of course,|if they woke up to their duty, they would clear the debt. Alderman Williams: I suppose you are blaming the whole town that they do not rally round the school. Mr Jones: I wish to make myself quite plain, bee-use I know some members do their duty while I .know that others are negligent. If we passed so ue resolution asking them to do their duty, it m'ciit be to some pnrpose. I have said almost as much as can be said that they do not do their duty. There are exceptions of course. The Chairman: What I should do, if you think it right, isto call the attention of the local Managers as well as the public generally in Aberystwyth and the school district to this plause in the report of the Chief Inspector. Mr J. C. Jones I will move that. Mrs Jones seconded, remarking that at Llan- dyssul Dr Evans and she became responsible for thq debt, and they saw That it was cleared. She thought the Aberystwyth people should do the same. The proposition was then carried. TRAINING OF PUPIL TEACHERS. The Chairman brought up the report of the Com- mittee appointed to draw up a scheme for the education of teachers at the county schools. He said the Committee met that morning and had drawn up a scheme which might probably commend itself to the Body. He might say that it was practically the same as the scheme which had been in operation at Festiniog for some years and bad been adopted in several districts in North Wales as well as in Haverfordwest. It might be well to point out that the Body was undertaking no re- sponsibility in the matter and he wished specially to guard against the impression that they wished to interfere with the work of the school boards. The scheme would have to be adopted by each elemen- tary school authority individually for its respective school district. However, that Body being the only educational body that could speak for the whole of the county they were in a position to call the atten, i n of the Managers of voluntary and board schools to the matter as an urgent and important matter and secondly they were in a position to state that the county schools for which they were responsible would do their best to co-operate when the scheme was brought to operation. The clauses of the scheme which provided for the pupil teachers receiving two-and-a-half years' instruction at the County School prior to entering upon their apprenticeship at the elementary schools, the expense as far as the school fees are concerned, to be borne by the elementary school authorities. Mr. D. C. Roberts pointed out the difficulty to pupil teachers in remote country districts who would be iiiiable.to bear the expense of staying in the town where the school was situated. There could be no doubt it would work very well as far as the urban districts were concerned. The Chairman said that undoubtedly was the great difficulty. • Mr. L. J. Roberts said he was going to move that the County School Managers should be recom- ended to give preferential claims to bursaries to these pupils. That was done in Flintshire and Denbighshire. The scheme was then approved of, on the motion of Mr. Jenkin Lloyd, seconded by Mr. L. J. Roberts, with the following additional clause That in connection with this scheme it bea recommendation to the County School Managers, if possible, to attach preferential bursaries in cases of pupil teachers coming from districts remote from the school centres." COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS EXAMIXATIONS. A syllabus for the Countyjscholarship examina- tions, drawn up by Mr. Darlington and Mr. Thomas, H.M.I's., was adopted, and it was decided to send copies to the elementary schools. THE PROPOSED GIRLS' SCHOOL AT LAMPETER. The Clerk read letters from the Board of Education and the Lampeter School Board with reference to an enquiry to be held by the Board of Education at Lampeter, concerning a proposal to establish a high school for girls at Lampeter. Letters were also read from the Tregaron and Llan- dyssul Managers strongly opposing the proposal on the grounds that the school was unnecessary in the county, and that its establishment would injure the present schools and hamper the cause of education generally in the county. Mr J. C. Jones took it that that Body would oppose the proposal in toto and would send repre- sentatives to the enquiry. No doubt representa- tives would be sent by the Managers of these schools. H6 thought the proposal was opening an old sore. He proposed that representatives should be sent to the enquiry. Dr Evans seconded the motion. Alderman C. M. Williams said if the school was established it would seriously affect the whole county. He took it that the proposal of Lampeter was that the whole of their union should be the school district. If that was so, it would take about one-third of the population of the Tregaron school away and also a considerable portion of the popula- tion belonging to the Llandyssul County School. If the Llandyssul School lost any of its present population, no doubt the managers would want back the parishes which were at present within the area of the Cardigan School. In this way prac- tically the whole of the school districts in-the county would be seriously affected. The matter was fully considered when the scheme was estab- lished, and he was not aware that Lampeter did anything in order to secure one of the schools. But when they saw these schools improving year by year they now made this application, and if success- ful would, no doubt, impair the efficiency of the other schools. At present, there was much more accommodation for pupils at each school in the county than the number of pupils attending, and he should not like to say what the result would be if their districts were in any way reduced. It was unanimously agreed to oppose the pro- posal, and the Chairman of the Body (the Rev Thomas James), Alderman C. M. Williams, Mr Jenkin Lloyd, Mr William James, the Rev Gwilym Evans, and the Clerk were appointed to attend the enquiry. COUNTY SCHOLARSHIPS. An interesting discussion took place on the letters which were read from the Charity Commissioners upon a point which had been submitted to them by the Clerk at the request of the Aberayon County School managers, the question in doubt being what body of managers should pay for the county scholar- ship to a successful candidate electing to enter a county school in a different school district from that in which the pupil was a resident. The reply of the Commissioners was that the candidate in such a case should be regarded as competing, or should compete, for a scholarship offered by the managers of the school he desin d to enter, should be awarded a scholarship by them, and that the amount of it should be paid by them. Dr Lloyd said it would be unfair to the small school districts that the pupils should be allowed I < '-n_ to go to schools in other (1istricts, as they would be drawn from schools like Tregaron to schools having large staffs like Aberystw> rh. He thought that the scholarships should only be tenable at the schools of the district, in which pupils sat. The matter was referred to a. committee, consist- ing of the Chairman and the Clerk. The Chairman said the Committee was merely to find what the scheme provided in the matter, there being a difficulty in interpreting the clause dealing with the subject.
Western Fisheries. Important Conference at Aberystwyth. -i. <); "} 1.. At the Tow.) Hal!, Aberystwyth, 011 Thursday It:, t, Mr John Fell presided over a meeting a a com- mittee appointed by the Lancashire and western Sea Fisheries District, and delegates from different t ü\YIlS on the coast for the purpose of considering the new by-laws. There also present Mr Henry i (vice-chairuAi), AklennanGrindley, Messrs Ascroft, Houldsworfli, ü. Saycell, A. Dawsun (superintendent), Col Turner, Captain Davies (fishing officer), and Mr Randall Casson (clerk). Among others preseitt were Principal Roberts, Professor Ainswordi Davis, and Rev T. Mortimer Green (registrar of the College), a de- putation from the College Alderman C. M. Williams (cx-mayor), Alderman Peter Jones and Captain Doughton, Councillor R. Doughton, R. J. Jones, Isaac Hopkins, Mr Massey (deputy town clerk), Mr IT L Evans, Air Rees Jones, Alderman Lewis Lewis (Barmouth), Messrs D C Roberts, Robert Ellis, Alderman J Hughes Jones (Aber- dovey), Harry Davies, F Bennison, F Fear, and others. The Chairman said that before they proceeded with the business of the Board the Principal of the College and the members of the Corporation de- sired to put a matter before them in order that i,t might have public consideration. Principal Roteerts said that the object of their being there that morning was to bring before the committee's consideration a memorial that had been drawn up by the Council of the University College of Wales, Abersytwytn, in the form of an appeal to the Board to support them in their de- sire to make the College of Aberystwyth a centre for fishery investigation. The reasons were de- tailed in the following memorial :— University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. 9th January, 1901. Gentlemen,- The Council of the University Col- lege of Wales being desirous of making Aber- ystwyth a centre for fishery investigation, venture to appeal to your Board for support in the matter,. the ground being that the Board controls the Western Fisheries District. The following among other reasons, may be given for establishing a research station in the Western Fisheries area, and selection oL Aber- ystwyth as the locality.:— 1. The Western District is the seat of a fishing industry greatly needing stimulation and develop- ment. 2. Aberystwyth is in the centre of the Coast bounding that area. 3. The University College of Wales, situated on the shore, is possessed of a newly built and well- equipped biological department offering facilities for laboratory research. A comparison may here be drawn with the Uni- versity of St. Andrews in the laboratories of which much valuable work has been done under the auspices of the Scottish Fisheries Board. 4. Researches conducted at Aberystwyth would not only have a direct bearing on the Western District, but would also assist in the solution of the important problem connected with the contiguous area of the Lancashire District and fill up an im- portant gap in British fishery work generally. Should a marine station be established at Aber- ystwyth, some or all, of the following subjects, might well engage attention. The programme is based in th main on that pursued- in Scottish fishery investigation. SEA FISHERIES. 1 Compilation of statistics. 2 Inquiries into the influence of trawling and other modes of fishing. Experiments in the hatching of food fishes and the introduction of fry and adult fishes into Cardigan Bay, with the object of increasing the present supply. The question of flat fishes is one needing attention. 4 The food of fishes and the supply of the same in local waters. The late Frank Buckland stated that Cardigan Bay was deficient in this respect. If so, why ? And is it possible to increase the supply of fish food ? 5 The reproduction and development of food and other fishes. 5 Time and duration of spawning in marine in- vertebrates. 7 Migration and rate of growth of fishes. SHORE FISHERIES. 1 Compilation of statistics. 2 Establishment of oyster beds. 3 Hatching and rearing of lobsters and crabs. 4 Distribution of shrimps and prawns along the Welsh Coast, and possibility of increasing supply. 5 Bait experiments, and the preservation of bait. Extension of present mussel fisheries and establish- ment of others. After careful and mature deliberation, the Council of Aberystwyth College have decided to appeal to you as a Board to defray the salary of a trained fishery expert to be engaged in investiga- tion at Abervstwyth. The College Council are prepared to place their laboratory accommodation at his disposal and to meet the necessary current expenses connected with the work. Their Professor of Zoology (Mr. Ainsworth Davis, M.A., Cantab, F.Z.S.), has expressed his willingness to co-operate by assisting in the general progress of the investi- gations, and otherwise aiding this important movement. Feeling sure that you will give your best consideration to the matter, which has undoubtedly a direct hearing on the development of the fisheries of the Irish sea and adjacent waters. The memorial was signed by Lord Rendel (president of the College), Air. J. Foulkes Roberts and Sir Lewis Morris (vice-presidents), Mr. A. C. Humphreys-Owen,M.P., and Sir JohnWilliams,IBart. (treasurers), Principal T. F. Roberts, and Mr. T. Mortimer Green (registrar). Principal Roberts said he did not think it was necessary that he should occupy the time of the Committee in going into the whole of the details and would only just refer to the. general ground for the belief which they held that it was in the interest of the fisheries of Wales that there should be at least one investigation station for fishery in connec- tion with the Western district and they submitted that Aberystwyth was the most central for the purpose. The College was already possessed of a biological department, and the Council of the College were prepared to do their part; but the matter was not one which the College authorites unaided could carry out, for it would among other things require an expert at its head. Then came the question How would the Fisheries Board help them ? In the first place he suggested that much help could be rendered by the various bodies of the different counties represented in the district co-operating. Perhaps a certain annual fund could be secured which could be applied towards the support of the fishery stations already existing in connection with Lancashire county area and such stations as may be further needed in order to meet the requirements of the district. He suggested that an effective way would be to have co-operation between various county authorites for the establish- ment of a general fund for this purpose. Because it was very clear that fisheries could not be limited to hard 'and fast lines and was one which really ought to be treated from a general standpoint, for Cardigan Bay was a contiguous part of the Irish tiea which was really one question. But there was a larger question behind, and that was the part of the Treasury of the country in subsidis- ing the work. At the present time the Fisheries Board of Scotland, largely subsidised by the Gov- ernment, had rendered and was rendering most admirable services in developing the fisheries of that area. It was natural to their minds that Wales may be regarded in some respects as having claims for consideration in this direction, not from any narrow point of view but in order that the Welsh Fisheries might have the benefit of careful investigation of her sea fisheries. The fishery 1 station at Plymouth was already largely supported by Government, it seemed to them that with the co-operation of the Lancashire authorities they may look for something in this direction. The fishery Board .could render valuable service by calling the attention of the Government of the country to the F important question of the special needs and require- ments of the fisheries of Wales. He was certain every aid that could be given in Wales would be readily given and every Welsh Member of Parlia- ment would enthusiastically support any fresh application, and the application could not be left L in safer hands than those of the Association. Alderman Peter Jones as representing the Town Council, supported the application. He might, men- tion that. it, was contemplated by the Council of Aberystwyth to extend the promenade in front of the college premises round the castle point, and the erection of an aquarium would be of material assistance in furthering what had been already ff suggested by Principal Roberts. The Town Council would do all they possibly could to supplement the efforts of the College Authorities in this matter, Whatever expense incidental to that phase of the scheme was incurred the Council were prepared to <Ø bear it, and they would in a tangible way co-operate with other authorities. The influence ot their position in connection with Lancashire would be invaluable to them in presenting their case to the Government. The Chairman said that speaking rather without much preparation upon that question so far as the eomuined fishery district was concerned, he could riot doubt that they would be extremely gIad to aid iii every way they could the project which bad been submitted to them that, day. There were at present a great many difficulties entailed with such questions, and they in Lancashire were en- deavouring to over come them and to some extent theyBhad succeeded. They were perservering and they hoped that at no distant date local powers may be given to County Councils to help them by grants which would conduce to the object which they had in view of establishing a scientific depait- ment in connection with the University which was so admirably situated for the purpose (hear, hear). At, the first nueting of the whole committee he would take the opportunity of submitting that, uoemnent formally to the members, and 'also take such opportunities as he had of urging upon officials 1\ the necessity of such a question as that being con- sidered, and he would also ask the Lancashire I County Council to have the subject discussed, and to put themselves into '%ommunieaticn with the other County Councils in order that the other Councils would know what steps had been taken by Lancashire. He was quite sure that his colleagues would use their best endeavours to promise the object submitted to them (hear, hear) Principal Roberts, on behalf of the College and those who appeared there that day, thanked the -Committee for the courtesy shown in listening t their application anil"for the encouragement it hafl given them in their efforts to promote this verf important part of technical education. Althougli it might be some time before the object was realises, yet by continuing to press this matter upon tbb attention of those able to help that they would be able to I attain a large measure of success (hear hear). The Committee then proposed to deal with the amended by-laws, the fishermen present offering suggestions of the objections as the different laws were touched upon. These will be printed when finally approve and distributed throughout on the seaboard of the district,
PENBRYN. YMDRECHFA AREDIG.Cynhaliwyd yr ymdrechftt aredig uchod eleni mewn cae perthynol i Blaenige, plwyf Penbryn, dydd Gwener, yr 8fed cyfisol (agored i'r byd). Gwobrwywyd fel y eanlyn :— Dos. T., ail gampwyr, laf Mr D. Griffiths, Nant- brenni; 2il Mr J. Davies, College mawr; 3ydd Mr E. Beynon, Pantygenau. Dos. II., cyffredinol, laf Mr E. J. Davies Hafod 2il Mr S. Lloyd, Fronheulog. Dos. III., ail gylfredinol, laf Mr S. Evans, Penrallt; ail, Mr D. Thomas, Llambortli; rbanwydy drydedd rhwng Mr'J. Williams, Pantygelli a Mr E.,Thomas, Crynant, Troedyraur. Dos. dan 13 oed, goreu Mr D. Edwards, Arthach. Rhoddwyd gwobr neillduol i'r bwn a orphenai gyntaf yn rheolaidil, enillwyd hi gan Mr D Griffiths, Nantbrenni, Rhydlewis. Rhoddwyd gwobr gan Mr James Rees. saddler, Rhydlewis, am y par celfylau goreu ar y cae, gwobrwywyd Arthach. Am yr aradr oreu eto, Mr D. Jones, Lion, Bettws Evan. Beirniadwyd y cystadleuwyr gan Mr H. Davies, '.NTantgwylan, a Mr D. Jones, Aberaradr Mill. Swvddogion y gym- deithas oeddynt,—Llywydd, Mr John Jones, Pen- rallt, Llangranog; amserydd, Mr Jenkin Davies, Glangraig trysoryddion, Mr John Jones, Liainwen, a Mr D. Davies, Bonyw; ysgrifenydd, Mr John Thomas, Arfor, y rhai a gyflawnasant eu gwaith i foddlonrwydd pawb.
NEW CROSS. PLOUGHING MATCH.—A ploughing match was held at Cwmhwylog, under the auspices of ihe New Cross Ploughing Match Coiiiiijittee' on Wednesday, Feb. 6th, when twenty-three teams competed. Although the preceding night's frost hindered the ploughing fully an hour to start at the advertised time, but the day turned out exceed- ingly well. The ploughing on the whole was very good especially the 1st and 2nd classes. The ploughing judges were:—Mr Rowlands, Brenan; Mr Thomas Llwyndewi and Mr T. Evans, Llwynbacb, Blaenpennal. Horses:-F. R. Roberts, Esq., Pen- wern; E. A. Powell, Esq., Nanteos Parry, Esq, Glanpaith; Roberts, Esq., Brewery, Trefechan, who awarded their judgements as follows :—Class 1. 1 Thomas Morgan, Cefnmelgoed 2 John Davies, Cynon Fawr 3 H. R. James, Lanlwyd. Class 2 1 John Richards, Goginan 2 E. M. Jones, Pengraig; 3 James Hughes, Cefncoch 4 Richard Powell, Tan- Ilan; D. O. Jones, Trefedlyn. Class 3 1 T. J. Morgan, Gilfachgoch 2 J. M. Griffiths, Tynfron 3 T. Morris, Troedyrhiw 4 W. Hughes, Pengraig. Best Team :-1 Jones, Troedrhiwfronfrech; 2 Richards Penuwch. Draught Mare:—1 J. J. Watkin, Glenydd 2 Richards, Penuwch. Draught Horse :—1 Jones, Troodrhiwfronfrech 2 Rowlands, Brenan. A vote of thanks was cordially given to the judges for their services, and for the able and satisfactory way they carried out their judgments. Much praise is due to Mrs Rowlands, Cwmhwylog, for providing victuals in abundance, and to the neighbouring young ladies for their services rendered.
PONTRHYDFENDIGAID. TEMPERANCE MEETING.—On- Monday evening Feb. 10th, after the close of the prayer meeting, the fortnightly temperance meeting was held at the 'Assembly Rooms of the above place. The chair was taken by the Rev. John Bowen, and after a short address he called upon Mr Joseph Price, a promising young preacher, who is at present in his probation year in North Cardigan Monthly Meet- ing, to address the meeting which he did in a very appropriate speech. After his timely address, Mr Thomas Evans, Abbey View, one of the deacons of the chapel, urged all present to sign the pledge. B.W.'i'.A.—On Thursday evening, Feb. 14tb, at 5-30 p.m. a branch of the B.W.T.A. was formed at Pontrhydfendigaid, by Mrs Principal Roberts, Mrs D. M. Lewis and Miss James, Aberystwyth. A large number of the ladies of the village and neighbour- hood met the Aberystwyth delegates, and after having been addressed by the delegates, a branch was formed. The following ladies were elected officers for the year, president Mrs Bowen vice- presidents Miss Griffiths, Police Station and Miss Jones, Penybont Shop; treasurer Mrs James, Florida House, secretary Miss Hughes, Butter Hall, The members of the branch are to meet again next Friday evening to complete their arrangements for the year. At 6.30 p.m. a public meeting was held at the Assembly Rooms, when eloquent addresses were delivered on the temperance question by Professor Lewis, U.C.W. Aberystwyth Mrs Principal Roberts, and Miss James. At the close of the meeting, the Rev. John Bowen'proposed a vote of thanks to Professor Lewis, and Mrs Lewis, Mrs Principal Roberts and Miss James for coming to Bont to address them on the Temperance question. The meeting was one of the best ever held in the place in connection with the cause of temperance.
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