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ABERAYRON. PERSONAL.—Col. Lewes is spending the winter abroad, and has taken up residence at Mentone. AWAY, BUT ON DUTY.—Mr B. C. Jones is at- tending the Poor Law Conference in London. S ERVICES.-The Rev John Evans, Llanfaircaerein- ion, who is this week engaged on the Simultaneous Mission in New Quay, delivered an earnest and thoughtful sermon at the Tabernacle on Monday evening. He was listened to with marked at- tention by a good congregation. REHEARSA"- The Congregationalists held a rehearsal for the annual festival at Neuaddlwyd last Thursday, when Mr J. R. Davies and Mr David Davies, Myclroilyn, conducted the singing. THE CONTEST.—" Spiro writes We are going to have a fight here on Saturday. The clans are a' gathering; and already shells are dropping thick and fast. Last Friday a local pom-pom opened fire, but his blatant shot failed of its object; for it had to reach Aberayron via Aberystwyth, and by the time it had reached here it had quite fizzled out. Now, what has the old member done for the district he represents that he can make bold to lay claim for a renewal of confidence? Aberayron cannot be advanced by calling Aberystwyth a third rate provincial town. The best way to promote the interests of our own town is by entering into hearty co-operation with other towns, so as to en- list their sympathy and support. Can we ever hope to have a light railway, for instance, by pur- suing a policy of "splendid isolation and drawing upon us the contempt of neighbouring towns ? No, never. Let us then have men—worthy mEm-to represent all that is best and noblest in us on our public bodie-be they of whatever sect, or creed. or politics. Gwilym may be a new broom and will sweep clean. Then if that be so, let us have a new broom now—and always, since we can afford it; for are not we, the ratepayers, the masters of the situation ? Why should we spare our new brooms when they offer their services ? For my part I have no great love for old things—old brooms in- cluded—there is sotfie repulsive mustiness about them and for this reason Lima may go to the Limbo of the unregretted." COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION.—The County Council Election will take place on Saturday. The candidates for the Urban District of Aberayron are Mr. E. Lima Jones, Chemist, the retiring member, and the Rev. T. Gwilym Evans, Congregational Minister; Captain Daniel Jones, North Road, who had also signified his intention of coming forward as candidate, has since withdrawn. It will be remembered that at the last election the Rev. T. G, Evans was nominated in opposition to Mr. Lima Jones, but he was objected to at the last moment, on the ground of a technical flaw in his qualifications for candidature. The contest will be keen, both for candidature. The contest will be keen, both candidates having been busily canvassing, but it is believed that Mr. Evans will win, as he has the majority of the Church people as well as some leading Methodists in his favour. In connection with his candidature, it is interesting to note that ministers have been prominent members ot the County Councils, Last year's Chairman of the Cardiganshire County Council was the Rev. T Mason Jones, Ysbytty, and this honourable position has at one time or other bsen held by the Revs. J. Williams, Cardigan, and our vicar was onceanactive member. Mr. Morgan Evans. J.P., Oakford. who is an Alderman of the Council is a local preacher. The late Rev. Herber Evans was a very prominent member of the Carmarthenshire County Council. TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.—A highly successful meeting of this Society was held on Wednesday, 20th inst, at Peniel Vestry, the Rev T. Gwilym Evans presiding. Although juveniles were excluded, the attendance was the most satisfactory yet obtained. The first item on the programme was a song by Miss Lizzie Thomas, and this was followed by a part song rendered by a party con- ducted by Mr. D. James. Next came a singularly bright and tiraelv paper on Dirwestwyr v Beibl," by Mr. J. A. Enoch, after which Miss M. Edith Thomas contributed a song, Messrs W. M. Jenkins and Danny James then gave a duett on the violin, and Mr. John Jones, Alban Square, delivered an interesting address on the history of the Band of Hope in Aberayron. Mr. Jenkins again rendered a violin solo in an admirable manner, and was rapturously encore d. A chorus by a male voice party under the leadership of Mr. Titt)otliv Davies, brought, the meeting to an end. Several new members were enrolled at the close of what proved to be the most enjoyable meeting of the Session as yet. The splendid attendance and the enthusiasm displayed gives hope to all concerned in the welfare of the society, in .spite of the apathy I and lack of interest for which Aberayron is notorious. HEALTH REPORT.—The annual report for the j year 1900, submitted to the Urban District Council j by their Medical Officer of Health, Dr Edward Williams, was as follows: —Within the year there were 22 children born, 9 of whom were boys, and 13 girls, giving a birth- rate of 17-4 per 1,000 of the population as against 36, 29, 30, 29, and 28 births for the previous years respectively from 1895, with an average birth-rate of 30 4 per annum. This is in consonance with the condition that prevails throughout the United Kingdom, for the decline in the birth-rate is becoming steadily more pronounced the last quarter of the century, as, for instance, the average birthrate per 1,000 of the population in England and Wales during the period of five y-tars, 1874- 1878 was 35'9 as against 29 8 during the five yearly period 1894-1898, which means that there were over 6 fewer births per annum per 1,000 of the population in the latter period than in the former period, whilst in the Aberayron Urban District there were 13 births per 1,000 population, less last year than the average of the years from 1899. During the year in Llanddewi Lower district, there were 7 deaths, 1 being due to phthisis in a person over 25 years of age, 1 death due to another tuber- cular disease in a child not 5 years of age, 1 death j from pneumonia in a child under 5 years of age, 1 j died of heart disease, there was 1 suicide, and 2 J died from other diseases. The death-rate being I 10 per 1,000 of the inhabitants. In Henfenyw J Lower 9 deaths took place, 1 being due to phthisis | in a person over 25 years of age, 1 death from bronchitis in a person upwards of 65 years of age. There were 5 deaths from heart disease in persons all above 65 years of age, and 2 deaths from other diseases. The death rate being 15 98 per 1,000 inhabitants. One death took place at the Work- house in a person.over 65 years of age, not belong- ing to the district. The death roll for the whole district was at the rate of 12 66 per 1,000 of the population, as against 23 94 per 1,000, which was the average death rate for the previous five years, being within -69 of half only of the deaths in those years. During 1900 there was not a single death of a child under 1 year of age, whilst the average number of deaths per 1,000 births registered during I the previous five years was at the rate of 115 49. Dur- 1 ing the period there were no deaths from infectious diseases, and only three cases were notified. From thei oregoing it will be observed the district has been during the year 1900 notable for its freedom from disease, its low birthrate and its low death ra.te. The district has been periodically visited. Early in the year a half-hearted attempt to find a source of drinking water was made, in close proxim- ity to the towu, and probably would be crowned with success had it been persisted in, bu for some reason the project was abandoned and nothing came of it. The neoessity for a water supply is as urgent at the present time as it was at the forma- tion of the Aberayron Urban District Council six years ago, and the solution of the problem seems as distant now as it was then. The same remark applies to the draining of the town and the erec- tion of a suitable slaughter-house. SOLOMON AT FAULT. -In a contemporary pub- lished, we believe, at Aberystwyth, we accidentally came acioss a paragraph in which a correspondent aspires to criticise that portion of our report of the meeting of the Temperance Society of the 6th inst., | where we stated that the chairman exhorted the 1 yoi tiger members to paitake of the 'spirit of the 8 madness of youth. Our critic, with a stupendous 0 display of ignorance, thinks this to be an exhorta- j ti u to the young to rush headlong into sin and | vice, for in his comments he says, It was always | an impression that temperance meetings were for 1 the purpose of warning people to beware of the j dangers of youth." This is obviously a complete I perversion of the words used by us. Were the | writer well versed in modern literature, he would j hardly have passed this erroneous and futile j criticism. Madness of youth," as every well-read J person knows, is a phrase tised to denote the un- j bridled enthusiasm of youth which, striving to j reach its goal, is utterly regardless of all difficulties j and obstacles which mut be surmounted before that goal can be attained. Youth, impelled by this spirit, succeeds in accomplishing deeds which a more mature and staid mind, reflecting on the obstacles in its path, would hesitate to attempt, and so become discouraged and not attempt at all. Most of those who have left an indelible impression on the world, who have reformed and revolutionised the condition of society, have had in their nature a strain of this madness," this unquenchable, indomitable extreme enthusiasm for their ideal. As the supreme instance of this madness of youth, we may cite the case of the Great Master Himself, whom the Jews declared to be beside himself," i.e., out of his mind. In one of the best publica- tions issued for young men there appeared a Lw j years ago a series of splendid inspiring articles on | this very subject. Our worthy critic would do well J to peruse them, thereby lessening the chance of his J falling into the same error in future. But, per- j chance our garrulous adviser was thinking of some- 1 thing much more material, or shall we say liquid, | than we had in view; if so, he may have some claim to the eminence of authority. j NATIONAL SCHOOL.—The children of this school, J to the number of about 130, had their annual treat j of a first class tea, cake, &c- on Thursday last at | the School. The treat was provided out of the J proceeds of the entertainment held in the evening J at the Town Hall. The following ladies j kindly assisted the master and the other teachers j in looking after the comforts of the young ones:— J Mrs Griffiths, The Vicarage Mrs D. W. Davies, I Mrs Davies, London House; Mrs B. C. Jones, Mrs I Davies, Albion Mrs Morris Jones, Miss Davies, J Tanyfron Villa; Miss "Philips, Sciool House and J Miss Bertha Jones. The following managers were I also present, Rev J. M. Griffiths, Mr D. W. Davies, and Mr J. Davies, London House, The children j enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The entertain- J ment reflected the greatest credit on the Head- 'master and Miss Morris, who had prepared the infants. The following programme was gone through. The first part was sustained almost 11 entirely by the cliildien. and it surprised the [ audience greatly that such young children could be trained to do their work so very efficiently. Mrs Griffiths, The Vicarage, deserves every praise for her willing assistance at the entertainment as accompanist, and in training the children. Mrs T. Z. Jones, Miss Annie Davies, and Miss Maggie Bennett Jones also efficiently accompanied. Dr Davies. who, as usual made a capital chairman, paid a high tribute to the Headmaster for the pains he had taken to bring the children up to such a pitch of efficiency. A vote of thanks was accorded to Dr Davies, on the motion of the Rev J. M. GrifHths, seconded by Mr J. Davies. The programme consisted of the following items :— Pianoforte solo, Miss Maggie" B. Jones 5 recitation, Master. J. L. J, Davies; solo, Miss M. E. Harries; recitation, Master David J. Davies; song, the School Children; recitation, Master Tommy Davies; song, the Infants; recitation, Miss Bessie II Williams; trio, Misses Alice, Eliza Maria, and Marion Evans; fan drill, the School Children; solo, Miss Pattie Jones; song, Burlesque Band," the « School Children; solo and chorus, Miss Catherine r Jane Jones; laughing song, the School Children solo, Miss Kate Jones; song, the School Children; | solo, Miss May Davies; Nigger sketches, the ;] School Children. Part II: A play entitled, Mrs jj Willis's Will" finale, God save the King." The following ladies took part in the play:—Miss Morris, assistant: Miss Davies, Bodrhyddan House Miss Helena Evans, Miss Elizabeth A. Davies, pupil teacher, and Miss, Bertha Jones. All did their part well, Miss Davies, Bodrhyddan House, and Miss Helena Evans decorated the sta,ge. This brought to a close one of the most enjoyable entertainments given at Aberayron for many a long day.

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BARMOUTH.

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