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ABERYSTWYTH. COUNTY COURT.—As a heavy list is anticipated at to-day's Court His Honour the Judge has intima- ted to the Registrar that he will sit at 10 a.m. instead of at 11-45 a.m. COMPETITIVE CONCERT. Arrangements are being made for holding a competitive concert at jj the New Market Hall on Easter Tuesday. The awards will include three silver cups for singing jj and recitation. COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTON. — The triennial election of county councillors has been fixed to take place on Saturday, March 2nd. The last day for nominations is Friday, February 22nd. The retiring members for the Borough of Aberystwyth are:—No. 1 ward, Mr Robert Doughton; No. 2 ward, Mr D. C. Roberts; No. 3 ward, Mr Robert Ellis; No. 4 ward, Mr Evan Hugh James. DEATH.—The death of Mrs James, wife of the late Mr Evan James (formerly of the Cemetery Lodge), took place at Glanyllyn House on Sunday last. The deceased was 57 years of age, and a j faithful member at the Welsh Baptist, Chapel. The funeral will take place at the cemetery on Friday. PROMOTION.—Mr Evan Samuel Jones, the genial Welshman who is in charge of the Post Oflice at the House of Common, has just been appointed Postmaster of Pwllheli. and will shortly remove to the most distant town in Carnarvonshire Mr Jones began his career at the Aberystwyth Post Office. DEATH IN AMERICA.—The death is announced at Cincinnatti, Ohio, of Thomas, the third son of the late Mr John Humphreys, builder, of this town. Deceased who was in his 56th year, was a carrier by trade, and had been in business in America for nearly a quarter of a century. FOOTBALL.—On Saturday last the Town team visited Towyn, and after a good gsone defeated the homesters by one goal to nill. Teddie Evans scorod the goal. The Aberystwyth County School and Ystrad Meurig School teams met on the same day at Aberystwyth, when the visitors were vic- torious by tnree goats to nn. » A FIND.—'During the alterations now being I carried on by Mr T. J Samuel (solictor), in his premises in Great Darkgate-street, the workmen in excavating for drainage purposes, came upon the remains of a large circular stone bowl, about 2ft. in diameter, and 9 inches in depth, with a well de- fined rim *at the top. It is in all probability a vessel used for domestic purposes of crushing grain and other substances. It was discovered a slight distance below the original level of the street. TEACHERS' GRIEVANCES.—On Saturday next at 215 p.m., a public meeting under the auspices of I the South Wales District Union of the National Union of Teachers will be held at the New Market Hall, when Mr T, H. Jones will deliver an address upon the question of reasonable security of tenure for teachers in board and voluntary schools. Prof. J. M. Angus will preside, and he will be supported by Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., and other prominent educationists. EARLY CLOSING ASSOCIATION SOCIAL.—An en- joyable social was held on Wednesday evening in last week at the New Market Hall under the auspices of the Early Closing Association. Invita- tions had been issued, to which about 130 responded Mr W. E. Edwards presided. The programme in- cluded a pianoforte solo by Miss L.Jones, songs by Miss A. Williams, Mr Haydn Jones. Miss Lizzie Williams, Misses Cotton, and Miss Lizzie Davies, duett by the Misses Davies, a mandoline solo by Miss Doughton, and a song and chorus by the Shop Assistant's Glee Society. The second part of the programme was devoted to dancing, the M.C.'s being Messrs W. E. Edwards and G. Bickerstaff. The refreshment table was gracefully presided over by Miss Davies and Miss E. Davies, assisted by Miss A. Williams, Miss Morgan, and Miss H. B. Ellis. The secretarial duties were carried out by Messrs W. E. Edwards and Ll. R. Thomas. RADICAL CLUB.—The weekly meeting of the Radical Club was held on Friday evening last when there was a good attendance, Mr T. B. Hall pre- siding. The revision of the list of newspapers received at the reading room was considered, a motion having been put down that Reynolds'" newspaper be stopped. The whole question was referred to the executive committee. A debate followed upon the question of Should museums and picture galleries be opened on Sun- days ?" Mr Griffith Ellis opening in the affirmative and Mr W. Lewis in the negative. The subsequent speakers were Messrs T. J. Samuel (solicitor), Z. H. Thomas, B.A., County School; James Rees, T. Jones, LI. James, Jenkins, Knipe, and the Chairman. HISTORY OF ABERYSTWYTH.—With the issue of part iii., begins tb,' history of Conformity and Nonconformity in the town, the subject treated in this number being the Church of St Mary, washed away by the sea, the first Chapel of St. Michael (of which an admirable drawing is given), and the second St. Michael. Another plate given with this part is that of the tower and house, with his sun dial and cluck in their original positions, where for some forty years John Evans kept his famed Mathematical and Commercial School." Other plates now beiu., printed include portraits of Sir Thomas and Dame Winifred Bonsall, from the original painting? at Fronfraith, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A Tohn Jones (Ifon), archaeologist and folklorist of the town; James Hughes, first mayor of the reformed corporation; Alexander Gordon, mayor 1730; Si f Carbery Price, mayor 1685, and Joseph Downie; and Views of our Lady's Mill, Harbour Master's Silver Badge, Shrimping at CTarach, the tower of the Great Dark Gate, and others. ENTERTAINMENT.—An ontertainment 'in con- nection with the Penmaesglas and Baker-street Congregational Sunday Schools was held in the schoolroom of Baker-street Chapel on Wednesday evening in last week.. The Rev Job Miles, pastor, presided, and the following programme was gone through :-Pianuforte solo, Miss Katie Jones; part song. Baker-street Party (conducted by Mr E | Davies: song, D G Pngh song, Tommy Williams j recitation, Miss E'.eanor Simon song, John Harris j recitation, Hiss Jenkins; dialogue, Miss Hannab Evans and Friends; song, Mr Beynon U.C. W., (encored); ma'e quartette, Messrs Thomas, Davies, Harries and Edwards; song, Mrs Parry (encored); song, Mr E. H. Davies; song, Mr Richard Evans (encored); dialogue, Misses Eyans and Jones duet. Messrs Davies and Davies, U.C.W., song, Mr J. W. Thomas; song, Miss Jenkinsrecitation, Mr Richard Evans; song Mr Davies, U.C.W. song, Miss Parry: recitation, Mr James Williams; | anthem, Baker-street Party. Miss Miles presided | at the piano with her usual ability. THE POST OFFICE.—il J C." writes-In some parts of the town letters are not delivered until a very un- reasonable time after the arrival of the mails. On enquiry I find that this is due to the postmen having been removed from one delivery, which they of course knew, to another delivery which is strange to them and do not, know. This seems to be con- trary to all common ?euse—no raw tinker, tailor, soldier, or sailor can be expected to do his work as expeditiously nor as atisfa':ory as an old hand at his work.—And, neither can a postman who, is, I I presume, of somewhat'of the same nature as other mortals. To finish I may say that unless matters are mended forthwith a direct communication shall ¡ be made to the Postmaster General. !J PREVENTION OF CRUEI/UST TO CHILDREN.—The local branch of the National Society gave ample evidence of its activity and existence last Wednes- day in the soiree held under its auspices in the commodious and cosy Buarth Hall, which was crowded to its utmost, capacity by a company of interested and enthusiastic supporters. The presi- dent of the branch, Mr Arthur Johnson Hughes, Town Clerk, was in his place as chairman, being supported by parties of ladies and gentlemen representative of Most families in the town and near neighbourhood, who can be relied on to support any object really worthy of assistance and encouragement. Amongst others present were Mr and Mrs Fryer. Mr and Mrs F. R. Roberts, Mr and Mrs Colby, Mrs Dean Philips and party, Mrs Protberoe and party, Prebendary Williams and party, Alderman C. M. Williams, Mr and Mrs Borsdorf, Mrs Herford, Mrs Evan Hugh James and friends, Mrs T. Williams and daughter, Mrs Basil Jones and party, Miss Kate B. Lloyd and party. Miss Rhodes and her numerous i boarders, Miss Maries Thomas, Mrs Penry, Principal and Mrs Roberts, and a number of students from U.C.W., who admirably fulfilled the duties of stewards and waiters at the tea which was daintily served both hot and prompt to the large company before the entertainment began. The programme sparkled with nev. and bright items, rendered with high artistic skill by the artistes who had fore- gathere(i to help the promoters in their laudable efforts. Opening with a -pianoforte solo (Pader- ewski's minuet, in G) by Miss Kathleen Boycott, the bill of fare comprised songs, grave and comic, by Miss Picton Evans, Miss Millie Tames, Mr J. Paith Morgan, Mr Cryer, and Mr R Price, and concertina solos by Mr Penry Powell. Encores were the order of the evening, and right liberally responded to by the performers. An address on the objects and aims of the branch was delivered by Mr Gasquoine, of Oswestry, the welf-informed and energetic secretary nf the district, some 60 miles long by 30 miles broad. During its existence of little over two years, some 420 visits have been paid by Inspector Burdett. The society was one for "pre- vention and not for prosecution." Of the total sum of Z330 contributed by this district to the funds of tho parent, society, just £ 46 18s Id had alone been furnished by Aberystwyth. Mr Gasquoinc desired to publicly thank the Chief Constable of the County and his officials for the more than ordinary tact and helpfulness 'given by them to the Society's officers and affairs. He heartily congratulated Aberystwyth on the magni- ficent gathering which had come together to support | Mrs Dean Philip-, Mrs Fryer, and the other ladies, in their praiseworthy labours. An omnibus vote of thanks having been carried on the motion of Prebendarv Williams, the proceedings closed by all ( singing God save the King. The nett proceeds reached the substantial sum of £ 30. g PROMENADE EXTENSION.- This important work has now been COmÐJencect, unilcr the superintend- ence of Mr Rees Jones, borough surveyor. Cranes are being erected at a spot under the Castle walls, and it is anticipated that in a short time employ- ment will be provided for a considerable numoer of men. DEATHS.—On Wednesday in last week, the deaths took place in North-parade of ^two olo ladies, whose combined ages reached 1/2 \ears. These were Mrs Elizabeth Evans, Cambria House, widow of the late John Evans, wool weaver, who had attained the age of SI years; and Mis Ann Michael, widow of the late David Michael, aged 81 years, residing at 39, North-parade^ "SOLDIERS'"AND SAILORS' FAMILIES' ASSOCIA- TION.—During the past fortnight collecting cards have been distributed to the schools of Cardigan- shire by Mrs Davies-Evans, of Highmeacl, in aid of the wives, families, and dependents of soldiers and sailors serving with the colours. At the Board p School, Aberystwyth, the sum of £ 19 14s Id was i] collected by the children, which has been forwarded jj to the President for Cardiganshire. The girls col- lected IZIO 4s Id the Boys, L6 9s, and the Infants, £31s. TABERNACLE SCHOOL.—An entertainment was held in connection with the Tabernacl School on Tuesday evening, when the following programme was gone through :—Chorus, Children's choir recitation, Mr W. Stanley Jones; song, Miss Mary Edwards; recitation, Miss Elizabeth Edwards; song, Miss Eunice Lewis; quartette, Mr Moses Watkins and Party; chorus, Sign to-night," Children's Choir; song, Miss Lizzie Williams; chorus, Mordaith Bywyd," L. Thomas and Party trio, Misses Edwards, Jones and Edwards son-, Miss Maud Pickering; duett, Messrs Tom Jones and Elias Griffiths; song, Mr Lewis J. Morgan; duett, Misses M. and E. Davies; song, Mr Lewis Thomas duett, Misses Humphreys and Rowlands chorus, "Ribbons of Red and Blue," Children's Choir. PETTY SESSIONS.—The weekly Sessions were held on Wednesday morning at the Town Hall, the magistrates present being Mr E. r. Wynne (Mayor;, Ald. W. H. Palmer, Messrs J. D. Perrot, T. Griffiths, and J. Lewis. John Edwards Murphy, 1, Custom House-street Edgar Brady, 11, Mill-street and Walter Henry Belgrave, Mill Stores, Mill-street, were charged with having been drunk and dis- orderly on the highway in Mill-street on the 16th inst. Evidence was given by P.C.'s Rowlands and Griffiths, and defendants were fined 2s 6d and costs. The last named defendant was also charged with discharging a firearm on the highway at Trefechan, but in this case he was dismissed with a caution Thomas Lewis Charles, 17, Tyler's-terrace, Vauxhall, Bridge-road, Lambeth, London, milkman, who did not appear, was summoned for neglecting to main- tain his mother, Sarah Charles, who had become chargeable to the Aberystwyth Union. Evidence having been given by Mr J. J. Hughes, the Bench made an order for the payment of 2s weekly. NATURE NOTES. ABERYSTWYTH AND DISTRICT. January 29th, Rooks building nests. February 10th, Snowdrops in blossom. 14th, Herons seen sitting, 16th, Coltsfoot in flower. Whitlow grass do. 11 (Reliable items of interest are invited.)

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