Llanfihangel Croyddin. Mr William Evans, Cnwch, was the retiring mem- ber in this division, but he did not seek re-election. The two new members were Mr David Morgans, Lodge Farm, Crosswood, farmer, and Mr John James, Pwll- cenawon, Capel I;angor, the former securing- a majority of eighty-two. The figures were as follows Morgans, 151; James, 69. V,
Cellan and Llanfair The Election of a County Councillor for the parishes of Cellan and Llanfair took plpce on Saturday last. The retiring member was Mr. J. J. Davies, Blaenwaun Stores, Cellan. Two candidates were nominated viz. The retiring member and Mr. William Rees, Pen lone, better known as Mr. W. Rees, Waunfawr. The result was as follows— Mr. William Rees (C), 134, and Mr. J. J. Davies (L) 117, majority 17.
Montgomeryshire. MACHYNLLETH. No contest took place at Machynlleth, the old member, Mr Richard Rees, J.P., Paris House, being returned unopposed. At previous elections the seat was warmly contested, but Mr Rees' valuable services on the Council are now being recognised, and this could not be shown in a more practical way than by returning him on this occa- sion without having recourse to the poll. IS-Y-GARREG AND UWCH-Y-GARREG. The fight for the representation of this division on the Montgomery County Council was attended with much excitement. The old member did not seek re-election, and the two new candidates in the field were Mr Francis Maulc Campbell, Bryn- llwydwen, and Mr John Jones, farmer, Ginninerin. The polling stations were at Blaenpant for Uwch- ygarreg and at, Derwenlas for Isygarreg. The burning questions at issue were the rifle range and the proposed deviation oi the road, which have agitated public opinion in the neighbourhood for a considerable time. The political element, there- fore, did not enter largely into the contest, as it is well known that many staunch Liberals were open supporters of Mr Campbell. whose leanings are to the Conservative side. The poll was declared at the Town Hall, Machynlleth, on Saturday night, Mr David Evans, solicitor, being the returning officer. The result was as follows :—Mr Campbell, 62; Mr John Jones, 50 majority for Mr Campbell, 12. »
Merionethshire. There were only five contests in this County. The old members were returBed unopposed in the follow- ing divisions;—Festiniog, Penrhyn, Maentwrog, f rawstynydd, Llandecwyn, Dyffryn, Harlech, Bar- mouth, Llwyngwril, Dolgelley, TOWYll, Rrithdir, Llanfachreth, Aberdovey, Llanegryn, Pennal, Upper Corris, Talyllyn, Corwen, Llansantffraid, Bala, and Llanuwchllyn. In place of the old members, Mr W. E. Williams was returned for Llandrillo; Mr E. Williamson for Gwynddelwern and Mr John Roberts Perfeddnant for Towyn Rural. BARMOUTH. The polling for the North Ward of Llanaber Parish was held at the Board Schoolroom on Saturday, and for the East Ward at Bontddu Doarcl Schoolroom. The number of voters for the former was a little over sixty and for the latter under one hundred, contrary to expectations very little excitement was caused in either of the polling districts- The ballot box from Bontddu was brought down to Barmouth soon after eight o'clock the counting commenced at nine, and only occu- pied a short space of time, the result being. Mr Owen Jones, 63; Mr Ellis Pugh Jones, 38; Mr Bennett Willams, 16. Polled at Barmouth, 45; ditto at Bontddu, 72; total, 117, which shewed that a large number abstained from recording their votes.
LAMPETER. APPOINTMENTS.—Mr Timothy Richards, Ardwyn, Bridge-street, and Mr David Jones, Brittania Stores, were on Friday last elected auditors for the Town Council. LECTURK.—A very interesting lecture on "Temper- fance was given by Archdeacon Williams, Haver ordwest, on Monday evening last at the St. David's- College. FOOTBALL.—On Friday afternoon last a football match, under the Association Code, was played on the College ground, between S.D.C. and Ystrad Meurig School. The game was a well-contested one, and ended in a win for the homesters by two goals to nil. FISHING.—The fishtng season commenced on Friday last, and as usual a large number of persons were seen fishing along the river Tivy, some having landed a few pounds of fine trout It is said by some of the leading fishermen that there is this year a good supply ot fish in both rivers. MARRIAGE.—The marriage was solemnized on Tuesday last at the Brondeifi Uuitarian Chapel, between Mrs. Ann Jones, Union Workhouse, and Mr. James Evans, Buckingham Place, and local agent to the Buckley's Aerated Waters Company. The Rev. Rev. R. C. Jones in the presence of Mr. E. D. Rees, Registrar, tied the nuptial knot. MEETING.—A meeting of the Managers of the St. David's College School was held on Saturday last. The chief business for consideration was to appoint a successor to the present headmaster, the Rev. T. M. Evans who is leaving for Liverpool. About 30 applications were received, which were reduced to four. The appointment has not yet been made, as further details. are required from the four candidates. A NEW SCHOOL.—At a special meeting of the members of the School Board held last Thursday, it was resolved to purchase a site from Mr. D. Lloyd, Solicitor, for the flrection of a new school on the Bryii Road, instead of the St. Peters Boys School, wh. h is too small to accommodate all its pupils. Ti e new school when erected will be of a much larger size, and will surpass the old one in style. Mr. L. Bankes-Price is the architect. SERVICES.-On Tuesday evening and Wednesday last the annual preaching services in connection with the Soar Independent Chapel were held, when the Revs O. L. Roberts, Liverpool, D. G. Williams, St. Clears, and Stanley Jones, Caernarvon, preached appropriate sermons during both days. The meet- ings were largely attended, and were conducteKtJy the Rev E. Evans, pastor. A collection was made at each of the four services towards the expenses. DEATH.—After a long and painful illness the death occurred at Ty'rhewl Cottage, Silian, of Samuel Davies, assistant at the Emporium, at the age of 54 years. Previous to his coming to the Emporium, the deceased fulfilled an important position in one of the largest firms in London. He was an uncle to Mr S. Davies-Jones, Emporium, and a nephew to Mr Rees Davies, Spring Gardens. The funeral takes place at Silian on Thursday afternoon. OBITUARY.-—On Wednesday morning last the death took place at 15, College-street, of Mrs Anne Owen, aged 68 years wife of Mr David Owen, dairy man. The deceased was in her usual health Owen, aged 68 years wife of Mr David Owen, dairy man. The deceased was in her usual health during the earlier part of the week, but on Tues- day she felt unwell, and iied very suddenly early on Wednesday morning. The sad news cast quite a gloom over the town. The deceased was the daughter of the late John Davies, Abertegan, Llanwenog and during the earlier part of her life was a cook under the late Dr Llewellyn, first prin- cipal of St David's C allege. She leaves a husband, son (Rev. D. Owen, Builth), two daughters, and a. sister (Mrs Davies, Brynmeddig), to mourn their loss. The funeral, which took place on Monday afternoon last, was v--ry largely attended, the deceased being held ih high esteem by all alike. The Rev Daniel Jones, M.A., vicar officiated. Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following: Mrs and the Misses Webb, Heimaf, Tyvoli Mr and Mrs W. A. Clarkson, The Romans, Stoneygale DatI and Amy Griffiths, 16, College-street; Davies Bros, Cambrian Shoe Factory; Geoffreys; Mr and Mrs Jones, Camnantfach; Mary Ann and Lizzie; Mr and Mrs Doran. Mr Evan Evans, cabinet maker, was the undertaker. Much sympathy is expressed with the family in their sad bereave- ment. THE CONCERT OF THE SEASON.—Of the few concerts which are held in this town during the year, it must be admitted that the annual concert held at St David's College School is far and away the best it is the concert mr excellence. This grand evening concert, provided by the St David's College, Musical Society, was held on St David's Day, and it had, undoubtedly, taken many a weary month to prepare such a capital programme for the public. The College School, which had been engaged for the occasion, proved much too small to accommo- date all with comfort, and a large number had to remain standing throughout. The services of Miss Janet Garnett (soprano), a member of the Welsh Ladies Choir; Miss Rachel Thomas, Llinos Penar (contralto), winner at the Newport National Eis- teddfod; Mr William Rees, Eos Kenfig (tenor), winner of National Eisteddfod Prizes Mr G, T. Llewellyn (bass) of the Crystal Palace and Queen's Hall concert; and Mr Bertie Ollerhead (violinist), of the Liverpool and Birkenbead concerts, had been secured to enhance the excellence of a pro- gran) me already of no mean order, furnished by local talent. The singing of Miss Garnett was a treat. Her rendering of '• A Dream of Paradise was exquisite, and she received a hearty encore from the audience on two occasions, but she only responded once. Mr Llewellyn excelled himself in his rendering of the Soldier's song," which moved the audience into raptures of delight, and demanded his immediate re-appearance. Miss Rachel Thomas, the possessor of a sweet contralto voice, made a favourable impression, her singing of •' Abide with Me," being all that could be (jesired. Mr William Rees scored brilliantly, his rich and powerful tenor voice serving him well in the onerous duties allotted to him. Mr Ollerhead as violinist gave very valuable assistance, and he also was encored on each occasion. The St. David's musical society attained notable achieve- ment and gave a masterly performance of The Chapel." Its signal success which crowned the efforts of the chorister must be gratifying indeed to the conductor Mr Wigley Griffith. The accompaniment was manipulated in a faultless style by Miss'Hughes, organist, St. Peter's Church. The duties of secretaries were ably carried out. by Mr W. Wigley Griffith and Mr E. Borth Davies, who deserve great credit for the masterly way the work was carried out. The programme was as followsPianoforte duett, the Rev and Mrs C. Harries song," The Young Brigade," Mr Bertie Lewis, S.D.C. (encored); song, The Enchantress. Miss It Thomas (encored); violin solo, Berceuse and Obertass," Mr Ollerhead (encoretl); song, A Dream of Paradise," Miss Garnett (encored) song, Soldier's song," Mr Llewelyn (encored); glee, "The Chapel," St. David's musical society; duett, Cymru'n barod," Messrs Rees and Llewelyn; violin solo, "Dance Triganes," Mr Ollerhead; trio, Maiden fair," Miss Garnett, Messrs Rees and Llewelyn song, "Abide with Me," Miss Thomas violin solo, Fantasie Brilliante," Mr Ollerhead; song, Off to Philadelphia," Mr Llewellyn song, Ever so far awav," Miss Garnett; glee. "Cwkan y Morwyr," the S.D.C. musical society; quartett, "In this hour of softened splendour," Misses Garnett and Thomas, Messrs Rees and Llewellyn finale, Hen Wlad fy Nhadau and God save the King."
MACHYNLLETH. SCHOOL BOARD.—A full report of the special meeting of the School Board held on Thursday last appears in another column. ELECTIONS.—To-day (Thursday), is the last day fer nomination of candidates for the Urban District Conncil and Board of Guardians, the elections being fixed to take place on Saturday, March 23rd. Little if any public interest has been evoked, and it is doubtful whether any contests will take place in regard to either body. GLANDOVEY BRIDGE.—-Last week a Machynlleth tradesman had fifteen tons of gunpowder consigned to him. It was brought by steamer to Abcrdovery and then transhipped into a small sailing-boat, to be brought up the Dovey river to Quay Ward,where the magazine is situated. Notice bad been given the railway company that the bridge over the Dovey, near Glandovey Junction, would be required to be opened to allow the vessel to pass, but on airiving there, it was found that a defect in the mechanism prevented this. The vessel, conse- quently, made for Glandovey, where her cargo was unshipped, and then conveyed in carts to the magazine. It is stated that the tradesman has now made a claim against the railway company for extra expense incurred by him in having to cart the powder from Glandovey. SHOOTING COMPETITION.—At the weekly shoot- ing competition, held on Saturday last, there were six competitors from the Aberystwyth College Co. and six from the Machynlleth Co. The distances fired over were 200, 500, and 600 yards, with five rounds at at each distance. The highest scorers w-ere Private Pearce, Machynlleth, with 56 points, and Private urry, Aberystwyth, with 52 points, and they were each awarded a spoon. LECTURE.- On Thursday evening last at the Soar Chapel, a lecture, on the subject of Noson gyda'r beirdd" (A night with the bards), was delivered by the Rev Wnion Evans. The chair was occupied by the Rev W. Thomas, Aberhosan. For two hours the lecturer rivetted the attention of his audience, his remarks being interesting and edifying. The pioceeds will be devoted towards the cost of renovating the chapel house. GRAIG CHAPEL.—The members of the Graig Independent Church have decided to have an heating apparatus installed at their place of worship by next winter, and a committee has been appointed to raise the funds necessary to carry oat the work. With this object in view a tea was given on Thursday afternoon at the Schoolroom by Mrs John Thomas (chemist), when a substantial sum was realised. COLLEGIATE SUCCESS.—We are pleased to under- stand that Mr Emlyn H. Davies, son of Mr D. E. Davies, Albert House, a former student, at the Bala- Bangor Independent College, has been admitted into New College, London. Mr Davies will here take a course of thegy, previous to entering upon his work as a missionary. HOME FROM THE WAR.—On Thursday evening last Private Harris, one of the members of the Machynlleth Volunteer Co., who has been on active service in South Africa, and has returned home invalided, was the guest at a dinner given at the Glyndwr Hotel. Surgeon- Lieutenant Davies, occupied the chair, and Mr. D. E. R. Griffiths the vice- ebair. At thepost-prundial proceedings, the toast of Our Guest" was propose by the Chairman, who complimented Private Harris for having volunteered, and expressed the pleasure all felt at his recovery from the attack of enteric The toast was received with musical honours, and Private Harris responded in suitable terms. Other toasts were also proposed and honoured, and songs were sung by Sergeant Sadleir, Private Pearce, Mr David Williams, and Dr. Davies. Private Cule acted ap accompanist. FUNERAL SERMON.—A funeral sermon to the late Mrs. Rhys Lewis, Maengwyn Street, was preached on Sunday evening last at the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. D. Darley Davies, pastor. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.-On Monday night the Literary Society of the County School gave a private entertainment, the first entertainment of the new century—new according to the dictates of such minor personages as Seasons and Stars but not new according to great persons sitting of the Crown of the home of those fine weather bands. The chair was taken by the Headmaster punctually at seven o'clock and operations were commenced at once :—Goronwy Davies, who acted as accompanist, throughout the meeting, gave a pianoforte solo, The Robin's Return." Everyone felt that it was a seasonable solo seeing all are agreed that the weather-cockerel has not had much to do of late in announcing such sensational news as a possible change in the weather, and the return of the thrush and of an occasional robin bids us hope even yet. When the Chairman had spoken a few words he called upon another member of the staff, Mr Evans, to unburden himself of any witticisms which lie desired to produce in defence or in defiance of any person, place or thing. Eloqiietice-A- even more dangerous than mistaken humour, but Mr Evans was not far removed from both, and he literally brought down the house to the great discomfort of certain members of the Society when he mentioned that the persistent o'er cast sky of to-day has a special mission to hide from view a new engine of torture that has just made its appearance, that bright new star in Perseus. Richard Hughes then rendered A Soldier and a Man in his own sweet style. Little we wonder that be should enter into tne spirit or tne piece lor is Dick: not a great deal of both, a soldier and a man. Then came a reading a gluttonous reader, J. K. Watkins who entertained the Society at the expense of a friendly Frenchman who consoled himself in all his difficulties of idiom-making and box expositing with the profound remarks "Very well, never mind. very well." Miss Francis Lewis, an old pupil and a rising vocal star, gav6 two songs, The Holy City," in excellent style, and Alone on the Raft," (accompamed by Miss Lumley). It is needless to say that such high class singing was received with rapturous encore and applause. R. J. Humphreys gave a few and select specimens of very original though not over-accurate sayings. Now came the long expected twangynge bow in the hands of H. It Morris, who also took under his wing the modern triad of wedge-twisters and string-stretchers. Edward Owen, whom the Society regards as a friend in need, was as deservedly popular as ever. The Chaplain of the Society discoursed most learnedly on snph questions as living accommod- ation for all members of the feline tribe, causative and passive jumping, suspension of the law of grant- ation, and other like trivial matters too numerous to mention. E. R. Vaughan and Elwy-ap-Ifor two ofjthe triad, gave a dialogue from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Falstaff and Prince Hal. This dialogue was such a success that the Company bids every irreliable correspondent refrain from unjust comment. Many members were in a hurry to per- form their duty to the newjKing for time notably time of enjoyment, has fleet wings. BOARD SCHOOL CONCERT.—The Town Hall was crowded to its utmost limits on the evening of St. David's Day, when a concert was given by the scholars of the Board School. The Rev. D. Darley Davies, a member of the School Board, presided. The programme was as follows :—Pianoforte solo, Standard IV. Girl; address by the Chairman; chorus" Fy anwyl wlad," Upper Standards; recitation" Jack in the Box" Infants; song and chorus Jonn Bull's Letter Bag Upper Standards re6itation I- Doctor Quack" Infants; action song ancMrill Little Constables St. I. and II. Boys dialogue, Gossips Upper Standard Girls dis- tribution of prizes for regular attendance action song Three Jolly Cobblers"; dialogue, "Discon- tented Fairies St. II. Boys and Girls pianoforte solo, St. VI. Girl musical bell drill, Infants recitation "My Pussy" Infants; action song, "Littie Children "Babies; recitation and chorus, "Our Baby" Infants: action song, "Merry little Milkmaids Infants and St. 1 Girls action song and horus," The Jovial Auctioneer" St. V. Boy; drill, St. II. Boys; action song, Grenadiers'' Infant Boys dialogue Doctor Curem" Upper St. Boys chorus, The great Ta-va-ra Hand"; finale, Duw Cadw y Brenin." In addition to the above, the Standard III. Boys also sang by special request, "Going on an errand." The children performed z, their parts admirably, and to the intense amuse- tnen of the audience. Much care and patience had been exercised in their training, and Mr J. C. Ashton (headmaster), Miss Owen (headmistress), and Mr L. Fielding (assistant master), are to be congratulated upon their efforts, and upon provid- ing such an enjoyable entertainment. Prizes were distributed by the Chairman for regular attendance during the past year. The following made full attendance, viz., 399 times :— Lillie Evans, Maglona Morgan, May Bowen, Ceiidwon Jones, Jane Ellen L|oyd, Annie Roberts. Richard John Jones, Maggie Lloyd, Maggie Jones, Agnes Irene Lewis, Mary Jones, George Owen Parry, David Robinson, Willie Albert Owen, Onllwyn James, Willie Parry, Catherine Ellen Thomas, Francis Ann Lewis, Lizzie Jones, Minnie Maengwyn Jones, David Jones, Susannah Thomas, infants; John Ellis Roberts, Frederic Stephen Pierce, and Thomas David Williams. The remainder were as follows :— 398 attendances.—Thomas David Williams, Evan John Lloyd, Annie Mary Jones, Katie Jones, Alfred Jones, David John Micah, Lawton Parry Lewis, Richard Morgan, and Richard Evans. 3£7 at- tendances—Thomas Edgar Owen, Evan John Jones, Annie Jones, Hugh Richard Jones, and Thomas David Parry. 396 attcndanccs- David Parry Williams, Lizzie Jones (IV), Richard Lloyd, Robert, Henry Pugh (infants), Wesley Lewis, and John Rowland Jones. 395 attendances -Evan Makhvyn Jones and Katie Humphries. 394 attendances— I??.y,ld Joilc,'s' Ev"dn Jol)n BHis, Tom Havdn llliams, Robert Henry Pugh, Gwennie Arthur John Lloyd, and Mary Jane Evans (infants)' 393 attendances David ocd, David Owen Pui^h Lloyd Jones 'W illiams, Mabel Davies. Edith Rich- ards, Catherine May Humphreys, Richard Davies, and John Stanley Evans. 392 attendances-Pryce Davies, Maglona Evans, Mabel Jones, Mary Roberts, and Maggie Williams. 391 attendances—Phillip Henry Lewis, David John Davies, William Robert Williams, and James Richard Humphreys. 69UA attendances—John Rees Jones, Martha Jenkins, iforl Alfred Thomas." 389 attend- ances—Ivor Morgan and Phillip Morgan. 338 attendances- Louisa Evans, Hannah Evans, and Annie Williams. 387 attendances—Alice Wood. Special prizes were to have been awarded to David Jones, Lillie Evans, and Lizzie Jones, for four years full attendance, but owing to an oversight, these were not presented. The concert realisec1 the satisfactory amount of £23. CYMREIGYDDION SOCIETY. This Society held one of its ordinary meetings on Wednesday evening, Feb. 27th, at the Town Hall. In the absence of the president (Mr John Rowlands1 the chair was taken by Dr Edwards. Cemmes, and there were also present, Mr W.M.Jones (treasurer), Wnion and Ap Gwyddon (secretaries), Canon Trever, Revs Josiah Jones, D Darlcy Davies, and Foulkes Roberts, Mr David Evans (solicitor), Mr Edward Rees, Mr Jenkins (N.P. Bank), Messrs Evan Jones, Philip Evans, Llewellyn Evans, D. Lloyd Jones, and D. Philip Jones. After a certain amount of private business had been transacted, it was announced that Mr D. Emlyn Evans, Cetumaes, who was to have read a paper on I- Ccrddoriaeth a cherdd-offer yr hen Gymry (Ancient Welsh Music and Welsh Instruments), was unable to be present. Mr Evans had, however, sent his paper with a request that it should be read by his old friend Wnion, and much as the Society would have liked to see Mr Evans present, in jusfice to Wnion let it be said that the paper was most excellently read by him. In his introductary remarks to the paper. be mentioned that up to the present, there were but few new facts to be stated in connection with the history of Welsh music, and that the day was yet to come for this interesting branch of tlit-ir national history; to be written, and that the historian of Welsh music was still unborn. Yet. every con- tribution of this kind might be of service to that unborn historian. Then he quoted Goreousley, as referring to pre-Roman music found in Britain, and though there was nothing complete of that, preserved, yet, undoubtedly, there were certain portions of that pre-Roman music still extant in some old Welsh airs. Like a true historian, Mr Evans went to much trouble to separate the substance from the chaff of romance, and destroyed many beautiful romantic tales concerning some of our Welsh airs with the stern facts of history. Then be quoted three Latin historians, including Strabo, who referred to the custom of playing the harp amongst the ancient Britons, 83 B.C. He spoke on the ancient bands as being finished musicians and playing on musical instruments.— Then he alluded to the historical elsteddfodau of Carmarthen. Aberteifi, and Caerwvs, and in these they bad definite evidence of the three principal instruments, in use at that time-two string instru- ments, which he claimed, as national and one wind intrument, which Gruffydd ap Cynon and his Irish friends tried to popularise in Wales- the bagpipes (y bibgorn). Fortunately for them the Welsh musicians would not be imposed upon, nor did they adopt this instrument. Though a prize of a silver bagpipe was offered at one of the historical eisteddfodau, it was won by a Scotchman After this, no further attempt was made to popularise this instrument amongst the Welsh, and Lewis, Glyncothi's, satirical eyn-ydd, which is published in his works, will remain forever as the Welshman's eulogy to the death of the bagpipe in Wales. Then Mr. Evans outlined the history of the harp and the part it took in developing Welsh music. The Welsh sang with harmony, and that harmony was in vogue amongst them long before the English had gone beyond the unison stage of music. He also gavea full description of the rrn-th, musically an historically, claiming for it the ancestry of the modern violin. Then he spent some time describing the musicians of those days, they being, he said, men of culture. The name bard was a collective term. He had to be a poet and musician. They had no account of any historian of Welsh music nntil the time of Purri Ddall. Then followed Thomas Stephens and Gweiryd ap Rees, both of whom were faulty, insomuch that they had not the musician's instinct. On the other hand the little that was recorded by Carnliuanawc was wonderfully correct, he being a good musician as well as an historian. Amongst the romantic tales concerning Welsh air". the writer was not inclined to believe the old tradition, which associated the melody, Gosteg vr halen with Arthur and his Round Table; "but "Morh Hhuddlan," though much altered in its present form, might possibly have had its origin in connection with the battle of Morfa Rhuddkin, 795 A.D. Tradition also avers that "Ymdaith y Mwnc took its name and was composed in con- nection with the massacre of the monks in 603. Unbenaeth Prydain was also by tradition associ- ated with the laws of Hywel Dda. Yet in its present form they bad no Welsh air that dated back further than 200 years. Referring to Parri Ddall, Mr Evans placed him foremost amongst the Welsh musical historians, who as is well known, was the original of Grey's Welsh Bard." His first col- lection, published on one side of the sheet, con- tained 24 airs, and this was the first published collection of Welsh airs. Bardd Alaw subsequently made a more elaborate collection. Several other collections were mentioned by Mr Evans. and he finally referred in touching terms to his late friend, Mr Nicholas Bennett, of Trefeadwvs. whose life work was published a few years ago and contained 500 Welsh airs, most of them hitherto unpublished. With characteristic modesty, Mr Evans omitted to mention the part he took in publishing the same. for, as is well known, he was the musical editor of the Collection." There were at present about, 1.200 Welsh airs in existence, of varying merit. Ii" should have liked to have given more attention in his paper to "canupenillion," a custom distinctly Welsh. The only approach to this form of music was found amongst the Italians. To be an expert, in this branch of music one was bound to be a bard or poet, familiar with all the rules of versification, or poet, familiar with all the rules of versification. a musician possessing ample knowledge of Welsh airs, and an instrumentalist. Giraldus Cambrensis in his description of Wales stated there was a harp in every house, and that the Welsh at that time sang in "harmony." Allen referred in touching terms in his poetry to the music that once was heard on the banks of the Wye at Tintern, yet not a vestige of this music could now be found. Mr Evans proceeded to refer to sacred music, and said there was no doubt that such existed in Wales, for they had their choirs in their cathedrals, abbeys, and monasteries. Yet all sacred Welsh music had been completely lost. Dafydd ap Gwilym referred in his cywvddau to "gwrandaw ar psalmau balcli- nod." The oldest sacred music they had any historical record of was the well-known hymn tune St. Mary," to which many of Edmund Prys' psalman were sung. It was true that this hymn had been attributed to Croft and Blaude, but, it was sung in Wales before these and, many other claimants were born. It seemed very strange that, ancient sacred music had thus been lost in Wales, rind here was ample scope for the future historian. In conclusion-, Mr Evans dwelt upon the style and characteristics of Welsh music, and the Celtic spirit that seemed to pervade all true Welsh music. —The Chairman, Ap Gwyddon, and the Rev Josiah Jones afterwards spoke in high terms of the paper, and the high position its author took amongst the musicians of the country.' The Society most heartily thanked Air Evans for giving them such an intellectual treat, and expressed their sincere regret that his health was such as to prevent him from being present himself to read the paper. Next to himself, however, no one could have done the paper more justice than Wnion Evans.
London Letter. London, Wednesday Afternoon. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] ST. DAVID'S DAY. There were no St. David's Day celebrations here 011 March 1st; but services were held at, St. Paul's Cathedral and at the City T £ nr<>]e on the 28th of February. T1 it- great attraction at the Cathedral WAS the singing of Mr. Ben Davies, the celebratc-vj tenor, and I am told that the attendance \V:JS fairly good. The two preachers who 11_"1:1 forth at the City Temple were the Rev. Dr. ,S. Probert and Hugh Jones, the former revres- enting the Independents, and the latter the Wesleyan Methodists. The great chapel was crammed by the time the service commenced. Mr. Maengwyn Davies led the choir of a thousand voices, which oecupie" the gallery, and the-singing was throughout, excellent. It was perhaps unfortunate that two of the four hymns were translations, very poor translations, of English hvmns. I I Surely, on nu occasion like this it would have been more appropriate to ha\e wedded t Welsh hymns to Welsh tunes. The two preachers, though neither rose to Jany great I orational flight, secured the attention of the congregation from the start to the finish, Dr. Probert was thoughtful and philosophical. Dr. Hugh Jones' bright and eloquent. Dr. Hugh Jones' bright and eloquent. A BAD HABIT. I Most Welshmen have a rigid sense of '1 decorum as to the proceedings in chapel. It grates upon one's feelings to see and hear certain things which would not be considered j improper in an ordinary public meeting, j Perhaps some of the Welsh members of j Parliament have not recognized such a | distinction, and this apparently explains the t extraordinary behaviour of Messrs A. Davies, < M.P., Brynmor Jones, M.P., and Vaughan Davies, M.P. These three gentlemen came in late, one indeed only arrived in time to I hear the first sermon. The three mounted the plattorm underneath the pulpit, and at the conclusion of the first sermon one of 'I them got up and shook hands with all the occupants of the platform of whom he probably did not know more than two or three. The three then after this effusive hand-shaking got up and went out, before the second sermon began. I should not mention a small matter of this kind were it not representative of the tactless actions Iof some of our se-called leaders, and it is quite time it is put a stop to. There were other Welsh members present, seated in the body of the congregation, who came in time and waited until the end of the meeting. O THE ROYAL FLAG. Some of the less prominent Welsh mem- bers, together with a few Welsh peers, have met and passed a resolution that the Red Draggon as representing Wales should find a place on the quarterings of the Royal Arms. I am told that this would be a great boon if granted, as it would amount to a recognition of Welsh Nationality. But the separate and distinct character of Wales has never been really denied by the British Parliament. Up to the year 1830 Wales had a distinct judicative, and since the year 1881 several acts of Parliament have been passed for Wales, both by Liberal and Con- servative Ministers, which recognize the same principle. If Wales is to be re- presented on the Royal Arms, it should be done not as the result of an agitation, but as a kindly and tactful compliment to her separate national existence. Let us suppose, as it is not improbable, that the request of the Welsh members and Welsh peers be refused are not the Welsh people render- ing themselves liable to a gratuitors snub? Surely Wales should object to this cringing for favour; she has an absolute and in- defeasible right to be represented on the banner of the United Kingdom, and it is the place of the other nations to see that she comes by her due. DE WET. De Wet has slipped off once more. The columns which were supposed to be encir- cling him have closed on nothing. It is true that 200 Boers have been captured, but then so have 80 of Kitchener's men, and that relative to the numbers of the two forces is a quid p1'O quo. Botha, too, has not surrendered, though London was placarded with the news on Thursday night. It is a miracle how the Boers, encumbered with women and children, are able to evade the British columus. Seven columns were said to be converging on Botha's forces last week, and the papers here said his case was hopeless. In spite of the seven columns, however, Lord Kitchener apparently pinned his faith on Mrs Botha, who was sent from Pretoria to impress upon her husband the imperative need for surrender. One has a suspicion that the brave Irishwoman did nothing of the kind, but I suppose she would be looked upon in this country as a vile traitress if she told her lmsband to persevere. THE CONCILIATION COMMITTEE. The Jingo papers have this week been. revelling in what they consider the wicked- ness and treason of Mr Leonard Courtney and the South African Conciliation Com- mittee. A leaflet circulated by this com- mittee contained and account, written by a Canadian Editor, of the progress of a body of soldiers under General Smith Dorrien. This leaflet was circulated in order to show the immense damage done to the Transvaal by the wholesale burning and looting of farms and villages, and the turning of womew and children out of their homes. The letter was copied from a. New York paper, which had suppressed the fact that the writer was in sympathy with the actions he witnessed. The extracts given in the New York paper gave colour to the idea that he disapproved of such severity, and this now turns out, to be false. For the life of me I cannot see but that this fact gives additional force and point to his letter. He is a, witness fronx the opposite side, and lie describes in a singularly vivid manner, operations of which lie personally may approve, but which f yentlce to say every decent person will disapprove. The letter was printed by the Conciliation Committee in order to show to the British people what terrible deeds were being perpetrated in their name. It now turns out that it was written bv an Anti- Peer, and that fact should be fairlv con- elusive proof to the Jingoes that it is true.
.i\ERYSTWYTlL y,aw, --Jrs T c 'nternationaj ?-> been chosen toni, e's p' on -llarch 6th 'C"ey (iadiesj) U:am J' 'l,ncil FOOTBATT O ..CIU'iiial team ^itf> the d' > 0 PJeased ^e onI-v made two against ScZif}\ ol Lhe -nDeet England at New- ^eratiocs fc>-narch 18- Amongst the castle on ^ear:l are R- L. Koose (London mernbe- *a A- G. Morris (Notts Forest), both tyVJor members of the Aberystwyth team. POST OFFICE REMOVAL.—Pending the com- pleticti of the new Post Office buildings in Great Darkgate-street, the offices will shortly be removed to the premises known as the warehouse of the late Mr John Rowlands, ironmonger, Chalybeate- street. The work of removal will commence at the close of business on Saturday, the 9th inst, and the jpublic are asked to help the officials by posting early for some little time to come. MONTHLY FAIR.—The monthly fair held on Monday at the Smithfield is one of the most im- portant of the year. A large stock of cattle was on sale, and the dealing fraternity, who were present in strong force, created a brisk trade. Satisfactory prices were secured for cattle of all kinds. Year- lings sold at from P,6 to Z8, two-year-olds from £10 to P,13, and cows with calves £14 to P,16, The demand for the latter class was unusually good, There was but a small show of horses, but a few changed bands at remunerative prices. HONOURS.—It is with pleasure we announce that the Rev George Eyre Evans, of this town, has been elected a member of the Oxford University Anti- quarian Society. His archteoligical and historical researches have been long continued, and many of the results have been embodied in various works from his pen, the last of the series engaging his attention being the History of Aberystwyth and its Court Leet, now issuing monthly to subscribers. OBITUARY. -The death took place on Saturday of Mrs Margaret Davies, 8, Marine-terrace, widow of the late Mr Willam Davies, who for many years was employed as joiner at Messrs Green and Colquhoun's foundry. Deceased, who had been ail- ing for about two months, was eighty six years of age. She was a faithful member of the Welsh Baptist Church, and her name was the first on the church roll-book. She leaves a sister, Miss Eliza- beth Jones, Chalybeate-street, to mourn her loss. The funeral will take place at the cemetery on Thursday morning. ORGAN RECITAL.—The last Organ Recital (2nd series) at the English Congregational Church, Aberystwyth will be given on Tuesday next at 8 p.m., by Mr Leah, assisted by Mr T. A. Jones (Bass Vocalist), and Mr Thomas Shaw of Liverpool, the renowned Violinist. A capital programme is arranged. Silver collection to defray expenses. OBITUARY.—On Friday the death took place at her residence Sunny Bank, of Mrs Edwards, wife of Mr John Edwards, retired grocer, formerly of North Parade. The deceased who was sixty of years of age, had suffered a painful illness for about two months, which she endured with christian fortitude and patience. She was a faithful member of the St. Mary's Welsh Church, where her loss will be much felt. The funeral took place at the cemetery on Wednesday, and was largely attended. GUARDIANS' ELECTION".—Nominations for the election of guardians will take place to-dav (Thursday). The retiring members are—No. 1 Ward, Messrs G. Fossett Roberts and Hugh Hughes No. 2 Ward, Messrs J. J. James (solicitor), and B. E. Morgan; No. 3 Ward, Rev T. A. Penry and Mr T. E. Salmon; No. 4 Ward, Messrs Edwin Morris and Richard Edwards. Preparations are being made for contests, and it is proposed by the Liberal Party to invite a ladv to become a candidate for one of the wards. Great pressure has also been brought to bear upon Aid C. M. Williams to contest a seat, but it is understood that he has, much to his regret, being unable to consent, owing to Mrs Williams' indifferent state of health. FEDERATION OF FREE CHURCHES.—A move- ment is now on foot for the federation of the Free Churches of the town on similar lines to those adopted in a large number of other places in the country. A meeting was recently held in the schoolroom of Baker-street Independent chapel, when it was decided to ascertain the feeling of the different Nonconformist churches as to whether they would support such a movement. The inten- tion is to form a local Council, to consist of repre- sentatives of all the churches affiliated. The object of the Council will be to foster a deeper and closer union between the different local free churches and with the Nonconformist churches of the country generally; and to unite in evangelical missions and in efforts to uplift society. Several of the churches of the town have already passed resolu- tions agreeing to join such a Council. LETTERS FROM THE WAR.—Mr David Thomas, Gogerddan-cottages, received on Monday afternoon an interesting letter from his son, Lance-Corporal Thomas, serving with the South Wales Borderers in South Africa. The letter was unstamped, a note Or) the envelope stating thaj a stamp was unobtain- able, he being thirty miles from civilisation and clean water. The letter wis, however, delivered by the Post Office authorities free of charge. Writing frQm Krugersdorp on January 29th last, where be was on ontpost duty, Lance-Corporal Thomas expresses his pleasure at having received a letter from home on the previous day. He states he is in splendid health, although there was a lot of "Sickness out there, as the hot summer and rainy season bad come. In the daytime it was scorching hot, and at night it was generally raining, accom- panied by thunder and lightening. He could assure them that when it rained out there it was no' joke, and the thunder and lightening was awful. He had never experienced anything at all like it before. He had seen some rain and thunder storms in Egypt and Gibraltar, but never anything like it was out there. They thought nothing of being on outpost and getting1 wet, not to the skin, but right to the heart, through coat, blanket, and everything. It was a wonder that a great many more of them were not down with sickness the way they had been living lately. As loner, however, as he had health and strength, he would stick it out to the bitter end. Of course, they all wished it was over, so that they could go home, but if the Boers could stick it out he was sure that they would. He could honestly tell them, however, that a good many more men had died out there and others been sent home through being homesick and 11 r_1 worrying themselves, than as the result of fever. There were men out there who did nothing but mope about all day, talking about their dear wives and families, instead of taking the thing in good part, and doing the same as the Irishman said, Grin and boar it." Lance-Corporal Thomas adds that he is writing the letter while on sentry duty, with the butt of his rifle across his knees, as a desk. It was not very comfortable, while the sun, also, was roasting hot. Writing from what lie describes as" Starvation Camp, Valley of Death," where he arrived on February 4th, he relates some thril- ling experiences. About 200 of their men had been surrounded on January 31st, by Boers, at Modder- fontein. The poor fellows fought like demons for three days and nights, but the Boers, who were about 5,000 strong, took them prisoners, after tilling eight and wounding twenty. He was one of a force of about 1.000 men who left Krugersdorp to try and relieve them, but got into a warm corner themselves and had to retire. The Boers were strongly entrenched. The first day their casualties were slight. They had a day's rest, and on Febru- ary 2nd got about 300 more men sent out, and the general went to attack the Boers. He was told before they started that he would never beat them with the number of men he had, but as they went, The Boers." he continued, laid a trap for ns, My company and B company were in the firing line. We got to within a few hundred yards of thc Boers, who were on some high kopjes, and they opened a murderous the on us. We had to lav down, and from seven in the morning until dark we laid there. The Boers all this time were firing at us, and they seemed to pick us out as they liked. It was awful. Fancy lying down on one's stomach from seven in the morning until seven at night undera hot African summer sun. We were fairly- baked. Wècoulrl get no water, and no one could get to our assistance without being shot. It was pitiful to bear the groans of the men who wanted water. My tongue was swollen np. I could hardly speak, I and the poor fellows getting wounded, their cries were somethiag pitiful. Our only hope was dark- ness. I never felt a thing in my life. The bullets were flying all round, and I was hit on the top of the helmet and had a splinter of a bullet in my finger. Otherwise I got away all i-iglit. When we rose at night to get back, the poor chaps were all fainting and could not retire. I got away for a bit on my stomach. Then I got up and made a run for it. I can teil you that I shall never forget getting back from that death-trap. The bullets simply flew around me, and how I escaped I don't know. Then we had to retire about ten miles before reaching camp. with the Boers at our liecl,, and all night my company was on outpost duty. We are now at Roodepont Nek. They call this the- Valley of Death." My regiment has lost, all told, this week, in the three fights, eighteen killed, forty- five wounded, and about 200 captured. The Boers have got our machine gun, and a good job for Dai Powell that he was sick, or he would have been captured. The machine gun and the men with it were captured, and Powell belonged to the machine gun a^iion. I don't care how soon we leave this 6 have no faith in him at all, and that is a.'very i»d thing. It has put years on me. I Jbetjer feit frightened before, but 1 do now. I was r»e*er so«ear ray end. Fancy waiting all day for the end iro corne. While the papers say the war is all over, here we are defeated three times, with eighteen killed, forty-five wounded, and 200 prison- ers out of our own regiment alone." -ting Lent a course -ire being delivered at St. i t)y Professor Charles Harris, J "lecturer in Divinity at St. David's I Lampeter. The services are held every .it'clnesdav evening. ST DAVID'S DAY CONCERT.—The members of the Radical Club celebrated St. David's Day by a competitive concert held in the evening. Mr D. C. Roberts occupied the chair, and the spacious billiard room was crowded with members and their friends. After a short address by the Chairman, the programme was gone through, which included songs by Messrs D. J. Davies, Llew Thomas, G. Haydn Jones, (encored), D. H. Pughe, and Llew James (encored), and a whistling solo by Willie Hughes. In the unpunctuated reading competition, Mr John Rees won the first prize and Mr Samuel Hopkins the second prize; impromptu speechlessrs Evan Jones, and J. J. Humphreys, equal; best story, Messrs Fred Edwards and Hugh Owen, equal. MrT. J. Samuel, solicitor, also delivered an ap- propriate address and Mr Samuel Hopkins also obliged the audience with selections from his large repertoire of jokes, and these were highly appreciated. The adjudicators were Mr N. H. Thomas, B.A., and Nlr Hugli Hughes, while Mr D. E. Jones and Mr T. S. Williams acted as accom- panists. RADICAL CLUB SOIREE.-The annual soiree in connection with the Radical Club was held at the New Market Hall on Wednesday, February 27th. An enjoyable programme had been arranged, and this was gone through, under the presidency of Mr D. C. Roberts, as follows:—Pianoforte solo, Mr D. J. De Lloyd song, Miss M. W. Parry; song, Mr J. Paith Morgan; chorus, Radical glee party (en- cored); cornet solo, Mr T. Al. Evans; song, Mr D. Hughes, U.C.W.; selections on the phonograph, Mr David Davies; song, Mr Gilbert Rogers (encored); song, Miss Lizzie Morgan Jones; song, Mr Haydn Jones; selections on the phonograph, Mr David Davies; song, Mr Gilbert Rogers (encored). Mr D. J. De Lloyd was the accompanist. The members of the Women's Liberal Association had kindly consented to provide refreshments, and amongst the ladies who presided at the tables and rendered other assistance were Mrs T. E. Ellis, Mrs Elizabeth James, Miss Roberts (South-terrace), Mrs John Evans, Mrs E. H. James, Mrs Griffiths (Great Dark- gate-street), Miss Getta Jones, Miss Aldwyth Penry, Miss Katie Levi, Miss Lily Davies (North- parade), Miss Grace Williams, etc. The arrange- ments were carried out on behalf of the Radical Club by a committee consisting of Messrs T. H. Edwards, P. B. Loveday, James Rees, J.-A. Phillips, and A. Lloyd Williams. A vote of thanks to the members of the Women's Liberal Association for their support, proposed by Mr T. W. Powell, and seconded by Mr Donghton, concluded a successful gathering. THE FREE CHURCHES.—Mr R. Edwards-James, solicitor, Cardiff, son of Captain James, Llanbadarn road, contributes an interesting and finely-illus- trated article on the Free Churches of Cardiff" to the current number of the Free Church Chronicle." After a brief outline dealing with the rise and growth of Cardiff—commercially, municipally, and educationally, Mr James makes a succint survey of the history of Nonconformity in Cardiff which dates, he tells us from the year 1638. Taking all the denominations, both English and Welsh, we find that the writer's own denomination —the Baptists, is to the fore. Their chnrches number seventeen inal), and they have a dis- tinguished roll of men who did much in their day not only for their particular denomination but for the moral elevation and advancement of the town and district at large. The Baptists form the largest body of Free churchmen in Cardiff, having 4,390 members. The Wesle/an Methodists come next with a membership of 3,077. This body counts among its adherents many men of wealth and influence. Among these we may mention Mr E. R. Moxey, J.P., who was known to many in this district through the late Mr David Davies, M.P. Mr Moxey is said to have largely sweetened the commercial atmosphere at the docks." Historically, the Congregationalists take a leading rank and in point of number they make a good third with 2,512 members. One of its churches, which worships in Wood-street, has, probably, the largest chapel tin Wales. The Congregationalists, again, have pro- duced many useful citizens and well-known public men. The Calvinistic Methodists, including the English Presbyterians, have a membership of 2,370. Welsh Methodism, although of later growth than the other denominations, has made remarkable strides during the past ten years-largely the result of the Forward Movement. The Methodists in Cardiff have never lacked eminent preachers. It will suffice to mention the Revs Edward Matbews, Dr J. Harris Jones, John Pugh, and J. Morgan Jones. The other denominations mentioned are:— The Primitive Methodists, with four churches the United Methodist Free Church, of which that faithful Liberal, Mr Robert Bird, is a hardworking ".g member; the Bible Christians, with four churches; the Presbyterians, with two influential churches; the Society of Friends and The Brethren. The Free Church Council in Cardiff, we are told, is not a mere fraternal gathering. It has kept a vigilant over-sight over questions affecting the Noncon- formist conscience of the town, and although hardly five years old, the Council has grown to be as powerful as any representa.tive body in Cardiff, and with the largest possible Christian and public spirit has told most effectively upon its religious and pcial conditions. The Council takes an active and intelligent interest in the work and 'policy 'of the School Board and Town Council, and charitable institutions such as the Infirmary, and its salutary influence has already been felt in licensing matters. Moreover, with the Federation of the Churches has come, says Mr James, a warmer comradeship, a larger hope, and a deepening sense of brotherliness. In concluding, we may refer with pardonable pride to the fact that our own district has contributed a fair quota of excellent workers to Cardiff. Among these we may note Dr Oynddylan Jones, the Rev? J. Austin Jenkins, and R. J. Rees, and Mr R. Edwards-James—the three latter being old students of Aberystwyth College. BI-MONTHLY MEETING.—This meeting of rep- resentatives of the Methodist Sunday Schools of this district was held on Sunday at Trefechan Chapel. In the absence of the president, Mr Thomas Owen, who is indisposed, Mr David Samuel, M.A., occupied the chair. Mr Abraham Joel, secretary. Mr Evan Richards Penuwch Mr John Jones, Seion; Mr Morgan, Bont; Mr Samuel, Llanbadarn; Mr Owen, Stanley-terrace: and other representatives were also present, At the morning service, at 9-30, Mr Morgan catechised the adults in the Holwyd- doreg," and the Chairman catechised the children in chapter x of The Mother's Gift." The answers showed that much labour had been given to these fields of work, they were smartly and intelligently given and reflected great credit on teachers andpupils alike. At eleven o'clock, at the teachers'meeting, a discussion was opened by the Chairman (in the absence of Prof Jenkin Jones, M.A.. who was un- able to be present) on the best means of making the Sunday school more effectual at the beginning of the new century. Most interesting and profit- able points were raised and discussed by Mr John Jones (Seion), Mr Owen (Shiloh), Mr Evan Rich- ards (Penuwch), and Mr D. C. Roberts. A very t edifying hour was spent at this meeting. The afternoon meeting, at two o'clock, was introduced by Mr James Evans (Tancae). and advisable ad- dresses were delivered by the following gentlemen Mr Lewis Thomas, Tabernacle, on Mr Charles, of Bala's Circulating Schools and their Schoolmas- ters.' Mr Thomas gave a good description of the character of'the schools and of the old school- masters. Robert Roberts, Clynnog; John Davies, John Hughes, Pontrobert; Daniel Evans, Penbryn; and Robert Evans, his brother, Thomas Owen. Mofd; and Lewis Williams, Llanfachreth; Mr Jones (at Mr D. Howells'), Shiloh, gave a terse and valuable account of the history of the Welsh Bibles and of the men whom Wales and its litera- ture owe so much. Mr Thomas, Gosen, traced the history of Cbristology of the Old Testament; and y Mr John Jones, Seion, gave a most valuable account of the rise of the Sunday school in the vicinity of Capel Seion and also in Aberystwyth. At this meeting, on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr D. C. Roberts, a vote of condolence was passed expressing the meeting's sympathy with its president, Mr Thomas Owen, in his sickness. At the Teachers' meeting at 4 o'clock, the statistics for the past two months were read and confirmed. It was announced that the next two monthly meeting was to be held on May 5, ah Bath-street Chapel, the complete programme of the meeting to be announced later on. The following gentlemen were selected to super- intend the annual examination to be held in April at the several chapels named below:—Bath-street and Salem, Mr David Owen, and Mr D. M. Jones, Shiloh; Gosen, Mr Edward Lloyd, and Mr Edward Evans, Skinner-street; Pantycrug, Mr R. Rowlands and Mr Joel Evans; Capel Seion, Mr David Davies, Penparke, and Mr R. Richards, Gosen Snron, Mr D. Morgan, Gosen, and Mr R. Chamber- lain; Ehenezer, Mr W. Edwards, Trefechan, and, Mr James Evans, Tancae; Tabernacl, Mr Owen Stanley-terrace, and Mr Llew Jones, Shiloh; Shiloh, Mr Hugh Hughes, Trefechan, and Mr Job Arthur Jones. Salem; Horeb, Mr Evan Richards, Penuwch, and Mr. James Jenkins. At 6 o'clock there was holi'r pwn0," conducted by the chairman, the "pwnc "being St. John's Gospel i. 1-14. There was a very lively and interesting catechising throughout. It was clear that much pains had been bestowed by the teachers in preparation of the pwnc." Trefechan is to be heartily congratu- lated on the work of the day. Much cordiality and kindness was shown to the visitors by the local members- The tables in the vestry were well served by Miss James, Misses Jenkins (2), Epworth- terrace, Miss Jenkins, Bookseller, Great Darkgate- street, Miss Evans, Bridge-street, Miss Maggie Jones James, presided at the organ. The singing was under the conductorship of Mr J, Brenig Edwards, and Mr William Edwards. Trefechan, Mr Charles Benson, is superintendent. THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PRE- VENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE Welsh Gazette.] Sir,—In your excellent and sympathetic report of the recent entertainment at Aberystwyth in aid of the funds of the local branch of the above Society you state that 420 visits have been paid by the Society's Officer in the branch "during its existence of little over two years." The figures I gave were for the one year our branch has been at work, and I shall be obliged if you will allow this correction to appear, as the real figures are even more striking than they appear in your report. C. P. GASQUOIXE, Hon. Sec. N.S.P.C.C. Oswestry, Montgomeryshire and Aberystwyth Branch. Oswestry, Feb. 28th, 1901.
Cardiganshire The triennial election of representatives to the Cardigan County Council, which took place on Satur- day last, resulted in a comparatively small change in the political constitution of that body. There were contests in the Aberystwyth, Aberayron, and Lam- peter Unions, while the representatives of the various divisions in the Tregaron arp Newcastle Emlyn Unions were returned unopposed. An analysis of the election shows that 29 old members and nine new members were returned unopposed, and that five old members and five new members were returned after a contest. Two of the retiring members who con- tested their seats were defeated by new candidates. The constitution of the Council, excluding alder- men, who have not yet been appointed, is now as follows :—Liberals, 36: Conservatives, 11; Inde- pendent, 1.
Aberystwyth. The election at Aberystwyth was carried out in most inclement weather, rain falling heavily almost throughout the day, and was accompanied by a high wind. This consequently, affected the numerical strength of the poll. The polling stations were at the Old Grammar School for Ward No. 1; at the Town Hall for Ward No. 3; and at the Board School for Ward No. 4: Mr. D. C. Roberts being unopposed in No. 2 Ward. The results showed that Mr. Evan Hugh James and Mr. Robert Ellis retained their seats in the No. 2 and No. 4 Wards respectively, while in the No. 1 Ward Mr. R. J. Jones wrested the seat from the retiring member, Mr. R. Doughton. The figures were as follows :— No. 1 WARD. Mr R. J. Jones 182 Mr Robert Doughton 108 Majority 74 No. 3 WARD. Mr Robert Ellis 172 Mr T. E. Salmon 150 Majority 22 No. 4 WARD. Mr Evan Hugh James 164 Mr John Morgan (Larches). 127 Majority 37
Llanrhystyd. The polling for the election of County Councillor for the district of Llanrhystyd and Llanddeinol took place at the National School on Saturday. The candidates as already men- tioned were J. Morgan James, Conservative, and John Ellis, Pencwm, Liberal. The poll was a very low one, hardly more than one half of the voters on the register recording their votes. The result was as follows James, 156; Ellis, 73; thus giving the Conservatives the overwhelming majority of 83. The bad weather told heavily against the Liberal candidate as the bulk of his supporters lived a great distance from the polling station, while those of his opponent resided in the immediate neighbour- hood. Owing to the roughness of the weather it was almost impossible, or at any rats hardly reasonable to expect, people to come from such distances or Mynyddbach and Pantygwair both about four miles off, whence the Liberal was ex- pected to draw his greatest support. It was also considered that the Liberal candidate did not use the best discretion in his method of canvassing. The retiring member was Mr Evan Jones, Moelifor, who represented the district for six years.
Aberayron. The polling for the Aberayron Urban District took place in the Assembly Rooms, and that for the united district of Henfynyw, Llanddewi, Cilie and Llanerchaeron, in the British School. Although the weather was decidedly unfavourable a high percentage recorded their votes. Vehicles of various descriptions were busily utilized for conveying voters from the out- lying parishes to the polling booth. Much excite- ment prevailed in town especially in regard to the Urban District contest. Far more interest was taken in it than in the Parliamentary election last year. The Church party, which practically held the balance of pcwer in its hands—for the contest had unfortunately become a sectarian fight between Methodists and Independents—veered round to Mr Lima Jones's support. It is also presumed that certain objections to ministerial candidates found weight with many voters, and in the present instance this argument was used for all it was worth. The poll was declared about 8.30 p.m. the figures being as follows :—Mr E. Lima Jones 145; Rev. T. Gwilym Evans 109; majority 36.
Cilcenin. The contest here resulted in the triumphant return of Dr Jenkyn Lewis, the Liberal, with a majority of 67 over the Unionist candidate, Mr "J. M. Jones, Penwern—the figures being 145 and 78. There is, therefore, no chance in the representation of this district, Dr Lewis being the old member. z,
Llanon. Saturday's poll for a councillor for the Llansant- ffraid Division resulted in the return of the old member, Mr E. Morgan. The Green (Unionist) with the large majority of 53, over the Liberal candi- date, Mr Lewis Davies. The figures being 137 for the former, and 84 for the latter. The points at issue in this constituency were not very clear, and this and the popularity of the old member gave him such a decisive majority. His re-election was celebrated in the evening by a display of fire- works.
Cilie Aeron. As already reported, there was a keen contest in this division for the seat made vacant by the retire- ment of Major Lewes, who did not seek re-election. It is stated that Major Lewes was prepared to continue the representation if he were returned unopposed. Being, however, abroad at the time, he was not nominated, and both political parties found candidates to contest the seat. Mr Thomas Jenkins, Bronfre, championed the Unionists, and Mr J. W. Jones, Aberarth, the Liberals. The election resulted in the return of Jenkins with a majority of 21. The figures being 133 and 117.
St. David's College, Lampeter LENT ORDINATIONS. The Lord Bishop of Llandaff held a general ordination in Llandaff Cathedral on Sunday" morn- ing, when the following gentlemen were ordained:— Deacons.—Albert Henry Bancrof, Lie Div., St. David's College. Lampeter Edward Richard Davies, B.A., St. David's College. Lampeter; Evan Charles Davies, B.A.. St. David's College, Lam- peter; Johij Davies, Lie. Div., St. David's, College, Lampeter; Richard Thomas Howells, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter David Williams, B A., St. David's College. Lampeter: Thomas Williams, Lie. Div., St. David's College, Lampeter; by Letters DismKsory from the Lord Bishop of Hangor, WiHiam Gower Jones, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter. Pi-ie,ts. Sainuel Rowland Hosbons, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter; Thomas Michael. Lie. Div., St. David's College, Lampeter Henry Rees, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter. His Lordship afterwards licensed to curacies s follows :— Albert Henry Bancroft, Lie. Div., to Maindee, Newport, Mon.; Edward Richard Davies, B.A., to Holy Trinity, Tylorstown; Evan Charles Davies, B.A., to Rhymney John Davies, Lie. Div., to St. Margaret, Aberaman; Richard Thomas Howells, B.A., to Pentyrch David Williams, B.A., to Llan- geinor Thomas Williams, Lie. Div., to St. Andrew's, Llwynypia. The Crawlcy Prize, which is given to the candi- date who, in the opinion of the bishop, passes" the the best examination for priests ordeis at Lent, was awarded to the Rev Thomas Charies Evans, curate of the Garw Valley.
Births. Carriages and Deaths. BIRTHS. CHANDLEu-On February 21st, at 168, Church Hill road, the wife of F. W. Chandler, of a daughter. DAVIKS—-March 2nd, at Royal Oak, Aberayron, wife of ('apt. T. Davies, of twin sons. JONKS—Match 2nd, at National Schools, Aberayroni the wife of Mr. Henry Jones, of a son. JoNFs-illareli 2nd, at Ship on Launch Inn, Aher* ayron, the wife of Mr. Isaac Jones of a son. MARRIA'iES. EVANS—LLOVD—March 4th, at the Congregational Church, Aberystwyth, by the Pastor Rev. T. A. Penry, in the presence of the Rev. W. Jones, Mr. Thomas Evans to Miss Kate Ann Lloyd, both of this place. MORGAN—WILLIAMS—1On March 4tli, at Clifton Street- Chapd, Cardiff, by the Revs. R. J. Rees, M. A., and T. J. Morgan, Penygarn (father of bridegroom) R. R. Morgan, Solicitor, to Rachel, daughter of William Williams, Splott Farm. No cards. •' EvAxs—JoNEti—On March 5th at Urondeifi GhapeL Lampeter, by the, Kev. R,.(\ Jones, Mrs. Ann Jones, matron, Union Workhouse, to Mr. James Evans, ISuckingham place (Agent to Buckley's Aerated Waters Company). DEATHS. DAVIES—March 3rcl at Tyrhewl Cottage, Silian, Lam- peter, Samuel Davies. DAVIES—On March 2nd at 8, Marine terrace, Margaret, widow of William Davies, aged 86 years. EVAVS—On February 26th, at Lutiaria House, Llanon, Jane Evans, age 91 years. • EDW AI.'DS—On iif-i rcii 1st, at Trinity Square, BrIdget, wife of John Edwards, aged 60 years. i MOUOAX—On 28th Feb, at Chalyfieate Street, Kate, daughter oi-Morgau Morgans, agtfd 19 vears.' A OWEN—Feb. 27th, at Cellan House, Cdllese Street^ Lampeter, Mrs. Owen, wife of Mr. 1)av!d Owen*' dairyman, aged 68 years. ROWLANDS—On March 2nd, at Sea-View Place, Mary .Anne. wifeofThoa. Rowlands, ioiitcr, aged 47years. Ori 28tli Feb. at terrace, Hannah* widow ol John Tanner, aged G&years. t — 1 j,; 4 r Priedan<XPublished t"\lthe Proprietor, GEORGE ¡; :,1; AT the Printeries Aberyst&cyth, in the County ii Cardigan, Thursday,