ABERYSTWYTH. A MARRIAGE has been arranged, and will shortly take place, between Mr David Howell, J.P., draper, and Miss Jones, second daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Hugh Jones, J.P., Laura-place, FREEMASONRY.—Councillor T. E. Salmon, of the Terminus Hotel, was on Thursday evening last initiated a member of the Ancient. Order of Five- masons at the Corbett Lodge (1533j, Towyn. COLLEGIATE.—Among those upon whom the degree of M.A. was recently conferred at the Senate House, Combridge, we find the name of J. E. D. Jenkins, Emmanuel College,, Cambridge. Mr Jenkins is a brother of Miss Jenlaas, librarian, of this town. PERSONAL.—The numerous friends ot Chiet Constable Howel Evans will regret to learn that he bas been confined to his house for the past. week through indisposition. Mr Evans is now, however, progressing satisfactorily toward recovery. LONDON MISSIONARY Som ETY.-On Sunday last sermons were preached ?nd collections taken at the English Congregational Church, on behalf of this well-known Agency. In the morning Mr Maynard preached, giving much of his personal impressions of India, its caste systems, religions, and the highly cultured Brahtno Somaj. In the evening Mr George James, whj returns to Neb- raska, U.S.A., this week, was the preacher. "THE CHILDREN'S BILL.The congregations at the different places of worship on Sunday even- ing passed resolutions praying the Government to pass into law what is popularly known as The Children's Bill," and which is intended to make the sale of drink to children under 16 years of age il- legal. NEW POST OFFICE.—The facade of the new building to Great c-slyeet is now rapidly rising, and gives promise of something unique in our local architecture, to much of which it will be a welcome change. The sorting room at the rear is now being roofed in, vitli a view to its speedy occupation by the officials. EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCHES.—The formation of a local branch of the Union of these Churches was decided upon last Monday evening at a meeting held in the schroolroom of Baker-street Inde- pendent Chapel. The churches interested were asked to appoint their representatives, and a fur- ther meeting will be held early in April. THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH. Dr Thomas, the medical officer of health, is, we are glad to state, progressing as favourably as can be expected from the effects of the accident which befell him last week. The extent of the injuries is not so serious as it was at first feared. General sympathy is expressed with Dr Thomas in his misfortune. PHOTO(.RAPIIIC.-Mr J. W. Thomas, of the Studio, 1, Great Darkgate-street, has succeeded in enlarging with remarkable faithfulness a photo of Lance- Corporal David Thomas, of Gogerddan Cottages, who is now serving with the South Wales Borderers in South Africa. The enlargement, which has been made without losing neither in detail nor proportion, is now on view in the window of the above premises. GOOD TEMPLARS.—The weekly meeting of the local branch of the Independent Order of Good Templars was held at Progress HJ-, on Friday evening last, when Mr Thomas Vau^Jian presided. The following is the programing go*ie through :— Pianoforte solo, Miss M. Dough't&iy recitation, Miss Evans and Miss Davies; addresses were delivered by Mr Richard Jones, Mr Dalid Thomas, and Mr Johnson Thomas, U.C.W. THE PAXTON SOCIETY,—An excellent paper; on "Orchids, the Millionaire's flower." was read by Mr R. C. Williams, of the Queen's Hotel Gardens, at the meeting of the Society held at the College oh Wednesday evening fest. Several exceedingly well selected bioorns. from-Alderman W. H. Palmer's and Captain Cosens' collections were shown and discussed by the members. At the next meeting Mr Taylor, from Falcondale, Lampeter, will read a paper on Vegetables TABERNACLE CHAPEL.—At a meeting of the members of the Calvinistic Methodist Church wor- shipping at Tabernacle, on Thursday evening last, Messrs Evan Evans, solicitor, Laura-place; D. C. Roberts, J.P., David Owen, saddler; and Joseph Jones, porter at the University College, were elected deacons, Tabernacle, as is well-known, is the largest Nonconformist place of worship in the town, and the historic associations of the church are of great interest. It is fiffieen years since an election of deacons took place before. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the Assessment Committee for the Aberystwyth Union was held on Monday at the Union Workhouse, when there were preseent:—Mr G. F. Roberts (chairman), Messrs T. E. Salmon, Edwin Morris, William Morris, W. A. Miller, James Jones, David Edwards and John Morgan. The Committee was engaged for some time in considering several notices of objection to the valuation lists. The Overseers of the parish of Uchayndre were directed to bring in a new supplemental valuation list. This being the last meeting ojLthis Committee for the triennial period, Mr Wi-li?ffn Morris proposed, and Mr W. A. Miller seconded, a vote of thanks to Mr Fossett Roberts for his services in the chair during the past year. This having been unanimously carried, Mr Roberts suitably acknowledged. ENTERTAINMENT.—The annual entertainment in connection with Tanycae Sunday School was held on Friday evening The Rev T. Levi occupied the chair. The following urogramme prepared by Mr W. R. Jones, was rendered:—Hymn, by the children; recitation, Sarah Jane Robert4; recita- tion, Katie Edwards; recitation, hor.wcn; recita- tion, Maggie Hopkins;recitation. Eliza. Jane Jones; recitation, Dora Ann Griffiths; song, Elsie Ellis; recitation, Blodwen Jones recitation, T. Herbert Morgan; song, D. Hugh Griffiths; song, Myfanwy Griffiths and Jennie Jones recitation, Floiie Humphreys recitation, Lizzie Jones song, Evan Hugh Humphreys; recitation. Claudia Evans and party; recitation, Florie Davies; song, John Elias Griffiths: recitation, Mary Rees Owen; song, Margaret J. Morgans recitation, Margaret Hopkins Jones recitation, Joseph Hopkins; song Miss A. Jones and class; recitation, Morgan J. Owen; song, Lizzie Williams j recitation, Mr David Owen song, Maggie L, Humphreys recitation, Lizzie A. Will- iams song, Maud Pickering; recitation. Emma A. Morgan; song, Tommy Jones; hymn by the children. The usual vote of thanks to the Chair- man being passed, a pleasant evening was brought to a close. MR. DAVID JENKINS'S NE"W$)PF.RA,—A large and appreciarive audience greeted thft first per- formance of Mr David Jenkias, Mu&^Bac.'s new opera, "The Enchanted Isle,at the Pnblic Hall, Abetavon, on Thursday evgfcing'last^ and which was repeated to equally g-ood houses on Friday and Saturday evenings. The opera is Denuded on scene, from Shakespeare's "Tempest." It was pro- duced under the auspices of the Port Talbot Male Voice Choir, and the full orchestral accompani- ment was entrusted to Mr Hulley's Band, Swansea. The first scene, on a ship at sea, opens with a rollicking chorus by the Male Voice "Party, and it, goes with a splendid swing which thoroughly arouses the audience; but perhaps the most appre- ciative part of the libretto is laid in the second scene, when Miranda and Ferdinand meet in their love song. Miranda is at her best in this scene, and Ferdinand also sustains his part admirably. Mr Jenkins was especially delighted with the first production. In an interview after the performance, he said it was a great pity that the Executive of the National Eisteddfod did not foster musicians in bringing out work of thai kind instead of leaving it to a male voice party. The Welsh people would excel in opera of that kind, as they were deeply dramatic, and works of such a nature ought to be supported, and he could not help tbinkingthat the Executive of the National Eisteddfod should strike out a new path in rhe manner he had indi- cated. FUNERAL OF MRS ROBERTs-The funeral of Mrs Jane Roberts, 11, Marine-terrace, widow of the late Frederick Rowland Roberts, of Penvwern, and mother of Mr F. R. Roberts (of the firm of Messrs Roberts and Evans, solicitors), took place on Satur- day morning last at Aberystwyth Cemetery. The funeral cortege left the house shortly after twelve, and included the carriages of a large number of the county gentry. The <dn<^f mourners were the following:—First carriage, Mrs More and Mrs Parry (daughters), and Mr J Parry (son-in-law). Glanpaith; second carriage. Mr and Mrs F. R. Roberts (son and daughter-in-law); third carriage, Mrs Fossett Roberts, Mr G. Fo«sott Robert- Miss Laura Parry and MioS Jennie Parry; fourth carriage, Dr Edward Roberts, Manchester, and Mr Evan Evans; fifth carriage, Mrs Roberts' servant (Anne), Mr Vaughan and Miss Thomas. Amongst those also present, or who sent carriages, were Sir Pryse Pryse, Gogerddan; Major John Bonsall, Fronfrait h Lady Evans, Lovesgrove; G -n-ral Jenkin-Joncs, Dolau; Capt Coscrs, H'-onpadarn; Mr Edward Powell. Nanteos; Mr R. J. R. Lnxdale, Castle Hill; Capt Hugh Bonsall, Lluest; Air Hughes Bonsall, Glanrheidol; Dr Morgan, Nantneirio; Mrs Richards, Brvneithen; Misses Davies, Glyn; and Mr Parry, Llidiarde, together with Messrs H. C. Frver (county clerk), Lloyd Lewis eX. P. Bank). J. D. Perrott, E. P. Wynne (mayor of Abe -ystwyth), Geddes Smith (solicitor), Joseph Jones, Abermagwr; Richard Richards, Gwarfelin; Evan Richards, Pennwch; Rev J. P Evans (vicar of Lianfihangel Croyddin), Capt Win.'ira James, T Griffiths, J.P., Arthur J. Hughes (town clerk), and .J. Mat bias. Aberystwyth; Robert Roberts, Blaengader; John Hughes, Waun- grug; Morgan Evans, Cnwch; John Jones, Min- ffordd; William Wright, Frundale, etc. The fol- lowing workmen on the Penywern Estate acted as bearers:—Messrs John Jones, George Griffiths, John Hughes, William Roberts, Henry Joel, Lewis Powell. William Williams, Thomas Morgan and David Davies. The usual burial service was read at the cemetery, the officiating clergyman being the Rev Archdeacon Brotheroe. There were no flowers, bv request, out the coffin bore three wreaths from Mr F. R. Roberts. Mrs NIore, and Mr Parry /Glanpait h). The cofiin was of polished oak, and the sides of the grave had been lined vith moss J and flowers. j OFF TO THE WAR.—Mr Edward Wynne, son of Mr E. P. Wynne, mayor of Aberystwyth, has been accepted for service in South Africa, and will sail in the course of a few days. Mr Wynne will act as medical compounder. He will pay a visit to Aber- ystwyth to-day (Thursday) previous to his de- parture. SALE OF LEASEHOLD PROPERTY.—Mr R. K. Jenkins, auctioneer, has, within the last week, sold by private treaty the corner shop in Railway- terrace and the adjoining house to Mr Samuel (the present occupier of the shop) for £ 1,280; and also the house and premises in the same square called Dolgau'' to Capt Davies for £570, all being part of the erections recently completed by Coun- cillor T. E. Salmon. 11 BOOK, LAND AND PEOPLE."—This will be the subject of a lecture, dealing with the Jews from a Christian standpoint, to be delivered by Mr Samuel Wilkinson, of the Central Hall, London, at the Old Assembly Rooms on Monday evening, March 25th. The lecture will be illustrated by views, designs and the cinematograph The chair will be taken at 8 o'clock by the Rev T. Levi. OBITUARY.—The death took place on Tuesday morning of Capt Richard Jones, Vaenor-street, at the age of sixty-three years, after a severe illness. Deceased was well known in mining circles, having attained a great deal of experience as minin agent in Spain. South Africa, and other places. He was an eye witness of the fight between Dr Jameson's men and the Boers at the notorious Raid at Krugersdorp. Great sympathy is felt with the bereaved widow. The funeral will take place on Saturday. PETTY SESSIONS. -On Wednesday, before Messrs E. P. Wynne (mayor), R. J. Jones, and Edward Evans, the adjourned case of the Aberystwyth Electric Lighting Co., who were summoned for neglecting to abate a smoke nuisance in Mill-street, was again heard. The Bench granted a further adjournment of six weeks, to enable the Company to carry out certain works.—Mary Thackham, 39, Queens-road, and George H. Evans, late of North- gate-slreet, painter, were ordered to pay 15s and 9s, respectively, due as arrears of poor rate. ELECTION OF GUARDIANS.—Polling for the elec- tion of Guardians will take place on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The candidates have been busily canvassing during the week. The candidates are Ward No. 2, Mr J. J. James, solicitor, Mr B. Ellis Morgan (old members), and Mrs E. H. James, Crugiau; Ward No. 3, the Rev T. A. Penry, Mr T. E. Salmon (old members), and Mr D. C. Owen; Ward No. 4, Mr Edwin Morris (old member), Capt D. James, Mr R. J. Jones, and Mr C. Meehan. There will be no contest in Ward No. 1, the old memberS being returned unopposed, POLICE CASES.—John McGodern, Kildare, Ire- land, labourer, was brought up at the Police Station on Thursday last, charged with stealing a bunch of leeks and two eggs, value 2d the property oi Eliza- beth Felix, Cambrian-street, on the 13th inst. Accused was bound over in a sum of L5 to come up for judgment when called,upon, and to pay costs.— Violet Beardsmore, Birmingham, domestic servant, who was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Aberystwyth on the 13th inst, was discharged with a caution.—On Friday, Evan Lewis, Talybont, labourer, was brought up in custody charged with stealing a flannel shirt and two stockings, value 5s, the property of Evan Jones Williams, Cynnullmawr, Llanfihangel-Geneurglyn, on the 12th inst. Evidence was given by the prosecutor, and P.C. Young proved arresting the man at a farm near Penrhyncoch.—Accused was committed to prison for 14 days with hard labour. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—The annual com- petitive meeting in connection with Lhe Baker-street and Penmaesglas Sunday Schools was held on Wednesday evening, March 13th, at Baker-street Congregational Chapel. In the unavoidable absence of the pastor (Rev Job Miles), the chair was occupied by Mr Evan Evans, Vaenor-street, Mr H. Meredith being the conductor. The adjudicators were the follow- ing :-Mnsic, Mr J. Lumley Davies,G.T.S.C, LJedrod; recitations, Mr Edward Jones, B.A., and Mr Robert Price, both of U.C.W.; poetry, Mr H. Meredith; essays, Rev J. Llewellyn, Borth; pencil sketch, Mr Parry, Board School. Competition in the majoriry of the items was keen, that being especially so in the bass solo, where there were seven competitors. The winner of the prize, Mr L. J. Morgan, received high commendation for his rendering, which was described as being in sympathy with the nature of the composition and displayed careful training. This was Mr Morgan's first appearance as a com- petitor, and his was a popular one. The awards were astottayw:—Impromptu speech, Mr J, J. Davies, U.C,W. pencil sketch of Penmaesglas Chapel, Mr D. G. Pugh; essay, The passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea," "Sylwedydd," whose real name did not transpire; essay for girls on Miriam," Miss Ann Hughes, Alexandra Hall; four eight line verses on the subject, 1, Uwfr o'r graig yn Horeb," Rev D. Talmon Jones englynion, Y Gwehydd," prize divided betwj^jkjlessrs Joseph Jones and Evan Davies; recftaticm, •' Brwydr Trafalgar," Mr John Edwards; recitation for boys and girls under 12, 11 Beth sydd hyfryd," Master Edgar Williams; recitation for boys and girls under 16, Master D. G. Pugh; solo for girls under 14. Dyma Feibl anwyl Iesu," Miss Gwladys Williams; solo for boys under 14, Plant bach dedwydd," Master Edgar Williams; soprano solo, "Golomen Weri.Miss M. W. Parrv: tenor solo. Iesu cyfaili f' Mr John Jenkins, Pen- parke bass solo, pmnctaidd wr gofidus," Mr L. J. Morgan duett, Man i ganu," Mr Green, U.C.W. and friend; quartette, Arglwydd ein lor," Mr J. Harris and party; octette, "Llanbrynmair," Mr Arthur Jenkins and party; male voice party, "Fyddinoedd dewrion dirwest," two parties, best Mr J. M. Evans and patty. On the proposition of Capt Jones, Trinity-place, a vote of thanks was accorded those who had taken part in the proceed- ings, and also to the adjudicators for their services, and to the Chairman for presiding. Mr H. Meredith proposed a vote of thanks to those young ladies who had supplied the rosettes with which the successful competitors were invested, and this was unani- mously carried. Miss Miles, as accompanist, performed her duties in a capable manner, while the secretarial duties were efficiently carried out by Mr John James, George-street. TROUBLE AT FROXGOCH MINES. S MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSIONS. Dissatisfaction has again broken out amongst the workmen employed at the Frongoch lead mi-.ies.- Tbe origin of the trouble seems to have commenced on Saturday, March 9th, when, owing to a "slip" underground, twenty-five of the Welsh workmen were discharged temporarily. This gave rise to considerable dissatisfaction amongst the Welshmen, who maintained that the Italian workmen also employed at the mine, should be suspended. About 10-30 the same night a dynamite explosion took place, near the barracks where the Italians reside, but, fortunately, no one was injured and no damage was done. About five o'clock on the following Wednesday morning, a similar explosion took place near the house of Capt Heinie, at Cwmnewyddion, Several windows in the building were smashed by the shock, and the residents much terrified. The police were notified of these facts, and several houses, including the Italian barracks,were searched for explosives, but the result of the search has not yet been made known. It is not believed that the explosions are in any way intended as acts of in- timidation, but considerable mystery surrounds the whole affair. That considerable friction exists between the Welsh workmen and the management of the mines, however, is very obvious, and this has been heightened during the past week by the dis- charge of more men.
University College of Wales Aberystwyth. APPOINTMENT.—At the statutory meeting of the Merioneth County Council last week, Professor Alan Murray was re-appointed analyst for the ensuing three years. SUCCESS.—J. 1.1. Davies, of Neath, a student at Aberystwyth College, has just won a scholarship of iP,40 for natural science at Emmanual College, Cambridge. He has also just passed the Queen's scholarship examination in the first class, being 24th on the list from the whole kingdom. Davies won the Keeling scholarship for entrance into Aberystwyth College in October, 1899. LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY.—The last debate for the present session of the Literary and Debating Society, held on Friday evening last, was an unusually interesting one. The subject was That the influence of heredity upon character is greater than that of environment." Miss Deeks opened in the affirmative, and F. W. Askew in the negative, and an interesting discussion followed. Mr W. Jenkyn Jones presided. THE AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT.—On Friday afternoon last the students of the agricultural department paid a visit to the Aberystwyth Gas Works in order to see the actual working of the process by which gas lime, gas liquor, sulphate of ammonia and other substances, to which frequent references has to be made in the chemistry lectures, are produced. The party, numbering fifteen, were accompanied by Professor Murray, and were shown over the works of Mr Dougal, the manager, who pointed out and explained the construction and uses of the various tanks, coolers, scrutters, puri- fiers, &c.. and afterwards afforded them an oppor- tunity of witnessing the drawing and charging of one of the retorts. Mr Dougal was thanked for his kindness and the very clear and simple explana- tions which he gave. GYMNASTIC DISPLAY.—The members of the College gymnastic class gave their annual display in the Examination Hall on Saturday evening last, before and a large appreciative audience. The per- formers were Ll. T. Jones (champion), E T. Andrews, David Davies, J. J. Davies, J. Edwards, J. Lewis, aud H. T. Ruddy, and they gave a clever exhibition, including exercises on the parallel bars, horizontal bars, rings and trapeze, and rope climbing An exciting tug of, war contest took place between sides representing Science and Art,' which was easily won by the representatives of Science, the display was interspersed with an interesting pro- gramme of songs and recitations, given by Miss Judd, Miss Jano Davies, Mr G. P. Allen, Mr D. J. Parry, Mr Jack Edwards, etc. During the evening Ll. T. Jones was presented by Miss Carpenter with the championship medal, the claim to which he established at a recent contest. An enjoyable gathering concluded with the singing of the National Anthems. COLLEGE CONCERT.—The annual concert of the College Musical Society will take place on Friday evening, at the New Market Hall, when the choir will perform "Hiawatha's Wedding Feast," and Handel's Acis and Galatea." The latter need only to be mentioned to be recognised as an old favourite of all music-lovers. The other-a much more recent work, which has rapidly sprung into a deserved popularity—is a setting of part of Long- follows poem, Hiawatha." It is a fine example of the choral ballad, and the composer's music com- letely falls in with the spirit of the words to which it is wedded. The Society has been fortunate in securing the services of Miss Janet Garnett (quadruple prize-winner at the Liverpool National Eisteddfod) to take the chief soprano parts, and also in the engagement of Mr Maldwyn Humphreys. R.A.M., of Aberystwyth, as tenor. Mr D. Teifi Davies, who is well-known to Aberystwyth audiences, wjdl take the bass parts. In a series of very successful practices, the choir-which is as usual under the conductorship of Mr David Jenkins, Mus. Bac. (Cantab)—has become thoroughly acquainted with both of the works to be rendered. Mr Bertie Ollerhead will lead an orchestra of thirty- two performers, the College orchestra being augmented for the occasion by members of the Halle Richter Concerts, Aberystwyth people have always recognised the College Concert as an institution which provides well-rendered and high- class music, and there seems no doubt that this year, as hitherto, the concert on Friday next will be a great musical treat, which it would be a mistake for any one to miss.
MACHYNLLETH. CONFIRMATION.—The Bishop of Bangor held a confirmation service here on Saturday, when a large number of candidates were presented. TEA.—On Thursday afternoon a tea was given by Mrs Lumley at the Graig Chapel The proeeeds, which amounted to £8 16, were devoted to a fund for procuring a heating apparatus for the Chapel. SHOOTING COMPETITION,—The weekly shooting competition was held at the range on Saturday when there were twenty four competitors from Aberystwyth. The distances were 200 and 500 yards. The spoons were won by the following J, Roberts, 64, out of a possible 70; Lance Sergeant Edwards, 57 — Prosser, 54, and J, H. Johnson, 52. <. PRESENTATION.— On Thursday evening Mr and Mre D. Philip Jones were presented at the English Presbyterian Church with a handsome marble clock, a pair of bronze ornaments, and a silver- mounted oak biscuit jar on the occasion of their marriage. The presentation was made on behalf of the church by Mrs E. Ll. Evans. Mrs Jones has acted as organist of the church for many years. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.—The subject of debate at the last meeting of the School Literary and Debating Society was-" Should members of Parliament be paid 1" J. K. Watkins who hails from a district in South Wales infected with dangerous views pleaded for immediate payment of our senators on the ground that our pressnt system of representation in the Great Council is more like all as»,?mbly of mediaeval barons with their pickets well-lined with gold gotten of modern machinery than a chamber wherein are voiced the real griev- ances of the land. He drew attention to those happy days when each member received his four shillings per day, and his florin per night for services rendered to his king and country during the extra period of an all-night sitting, and he sighed for the restoration of that lapsed Constitut- ional practice, the payment of members. Then it was thought that the question was settled, but these advanced views suddenly received some fiery blows from the lips of R. R. Morris, who had prepared a most entertaining and a most persuasive speech to stem the rise of any wild ideas as to this innovations. Through a very careful manipulation of his quotations and figures he proved beyond a doubt that the following are but a few of the evils 'that would follow such an innovation. The future law-makexf, following in the wake of the British workman, would be constantly demanding an increase OJ salary, shorter hours, longer vacations and pensions, compensation for any members of parliament disabled in their struggle with the Speaker's police. Old age pensions for all retired commoners would make a heavy demand on the pockets of all parents, and he asked the members of the society to set aside all personal ambitions as to their obtaining fame under the eye of Big Ben. and to consider their parents' pockets and the rampant anarchy that would reign during the strike of the Members Paid (M.P's). J. W. Daniels was up in a trice to prove to the vorltl that he was unshaken in his belief that the labour member is the greatest ornament of the parliament of to-dav. and Ll. Morris Jenkins spoke to the same effect, pointing out what a number of men we have in parliament who have no right to be there, whilst Wales is full of persons who ought to be there according to their own estimate and that of their friends. Thomas W. Phillips was seveie on this twaddle as to the payment of men who offer ihdr services to their country for personal reasons, and not for the reasons which made the members of ancient days attend parliament to vote money, always in excess of what had been originally asked for to the king. In those days it required a high wage, and a host of manucaptors," to drive men to parliament, whilst now, the honour is as to conjure with. Goronwy Davies argued poor men ought to be able to enter Parliament I as to introduce thereto a commodity that has tooled to become somewhat rare therein of late-I r;ii! He contended that over the portals of St. Stephen may no* be written.—" Wealth indispensable, lack of brain a recommendation." To everv one's surprise, R. J. Humphreys was less extreme than usual on this occasion, pleading violently against the payment of expenses incurred in serving persona] ends, but E. R. Vaughan remained steadfast to the traditions of his party, tearing into shreds the argument that under the new system a man would ¡ be the slave of his constituents, for as i: is, under Party Government, each member is a slave of bis constituents. Elwy ap Ifor quoted instances of the attainments of industry, pleadinir that the fittest must survive. Richard Hughes maintained that independence of thought is the verv essence of our parliament, and that this country must never be dragged at the heels of barking demagog- 19 ues and unscrupulous self-advertisers When Mr Evans had made an eloquent speech, so eloquent a" to lend colour to the theory of selfish motives as to the futurfe on behalf of such payment of members as would enable even a poor teacher to appear in the House of Commons (not as a visitor), the house divided, when it was found that the conser- vative objection had been upheld by a majority of three.
The Glandovey Bridge. CONFERENCE AT MACHYNLLETH. Last Thursday morning a conference of delegates from public authorities and the officials of the Cambrian Railways Company was held at Machyn- lleth, for the purpose of considering the proposal to close the drawbridge over the Dover. A!o those present were Air Forrester Addie. Welsh- pool; Mr C. S. Dennis, general manager of the Cambrian Railways; Messrs Parry Jones, solicitor; Collin, engineer; W. H. Gough, superinteaderit of the line; Richard Rees, John Rowlands, solicitor; J. Thomas, Edmund Gillart, Machynlleth; E. P. Rowlands, and Captain Lewis. Abordovev; W. J Lewis, J. Jones, Glanmerin; David Evans, Pennal Major Hutchings, county surveyor; Mr Davies, Aberdovey; and Mr Evan Reese. Machynileth. Mr Forrester Addie, who was voted to the chair, said that they were met to see if they could not come to some arrangement agreeable to the district and to all interested in the bridge.—Mr Denui.*s, the general manager of the line, said that the reason the Company wanted to place a fixed bridge over the Dosey was that the heavy engines of the Com- pany might be put on the coast traffic. At present the Company were strengthening Barmouth bridge, and when this had been completed—whi^h he hoped would be the case during the ensuintr summer—they would be able to run the heavy engines over that bridge. But an increase in the passenger traffic could not be looked for if the Company were not allowed also to strengthen the Dovey bridge. If the Company were defeated, the | Merionethshire officials would take the risk upon themselves of restricting the development of the district. This should not be taken as a threat on the part of the Company, because they would con- tinue to do all they could in order to improve the coast service, but they would he handicapped bv tbe absence of heavy engines. Mr E. L. Rowlands. repiesenting Aberdovey residents, said that they were opposed to the closing of the bridge been use they were sufferers even now from an objection taken by Aberdovey years ago.—Mr Parry Jor.es About forty years ago ?-Mr Rowlands Yes. We want a new station, but we cannot get it.—Capt. Lewis (Aberdovey) said that personally he was in favour of coming to terms, but he was .instructed to oppose the bill, although they favoured the steamer traffic.—Mr Parry Jones said that notice had been given by the members of Parliament for Merioneth and Montgomery Boroughs to oppose the bill at the second reading.—The Chairman said that so far as the Montgomery County Council was concerned, no one had received authority to oppose the bill.—Mr J. Rowlands said that this also ap- plied to the Council of Merioneth. Mr Davies (Aherdovey) asked if any guarantee would be given that the rates would be 1,,w 7-.Af r Denniss said that the Company were prepared to give an undertaking in statutory form.—Mr David Evans (Pennal) and Mr John Jones (Glanmerin), repre- senting Pennal and Isygarreg Parish Councils, said that they were prepared to withdraw their opposi- tion if a station were erected at Quay Ward, sea- port rates being given them, and a substantial sum leeing handed over towards the construction of a bridge. Mr Lewis, a quarry owner, protested against closing the bridge, because it would be the means of checking the development of trade.—Mr Deniss^saidJ that. he would undertake to make a siding at Quay Ward, and this could be followed by a platform, The roads could be the same as those on either side, but he could not give any promise respecting the bridge, He contended that placing a fixed bridge would not interfere with the traffic, for the bridge would still be 15 feet above high water.—Mr David Evans said that the siding would be of no use to them unless they had a bridge.—(Laughter),—Mr Parry Jones said that the Company would have to get an Act of Parliament to contribute.—Mr J. Rowlands then explained the position of the Machynlleth Urban Council, who had decided to oppose the bill. This seemed in- consistent with the fact they had been correspond- ing with the Company as to the rates, but time was too limited to go into details, and they had decided II to oppose the bill.-Mr Denniss said that the Com- pany ware willing to give an undertaking that the rates to Machynlleth should not be higher.— The delegates considered the proposals of Mr Denniss in committee, and at the conclusion the Chairman informed Mr Denniss that the Pennal and Isygarreg representatives were not satisfied, neither were those from Machynlleth, and Aberdovey and Towyn would not give way.—Mr Dennis said that he could not give an undertaking to construct a bridge to Pennal.-The conference then closed. RESOLUTION BY THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL. At a meeting of the Montgomery County Council. held at Newtown on Friday last, Mr Humphreys- Owen, M.P., presiding, the report of the Committee appointed to consider the Cambrian Railways Bill which seeks, inter alia, to convert the Glandovey railway bridge from a swing bridge to a fixed bridge was presented. It was signed by Mr Forrester Addie, chairman of the Committee. During the discussion the Chairman of the Council, who is also chairman of the Cambrian Railways Company vacated the chair and his place was taken by the Vice-Chairman. The report reviewed the proceedings of the Committee and stated that on the previous day a conference was | held at Machynlleth. Although the issue was con- | siderablr narrowed it was found no agreement could I be arrived at. Machynlleth sought (a) further con- | cession as to railway rates (b) the advertising of the | town; (c) the same passenger fares from Aberyst- | wytb to Machynlleth, as from Aberystwyth to Glan- | do\ v, Pennal and Isygarreg sought (a) a station I and siding at Quay Ward; (b) seaport rates (c) a contribution towards building a bridge over the Dovev at Uuay Ward. Aberdovey and Towyn preferred Glandovey bridge as at present. By way of meeting the objections urged on behalf of Machynlleth and Is- ygarreg. Mr Denniss undertook (a) to insert a clause in the present Bill undertaking that the railway rates should never be more than they were at present; (b) to construct a siding at Quay Ward and, if the traffic increased, to build a station there. The Com- mittee were not without hope that with more time j and conference the present difficulties might be ad- | justed, and as the best means now available of bring- J ing this about they would suggest that the Bill I should be opposed before the House of Lords to admit I of further negociations so as to get clauses inserted J in the Bill agreeable to the reasonable and proper re- j quirements of the neighbourhood. J Mr Addie said the Committee did not intend in the j last clause of the report to dictate what the Council J shonld do or who should bear the cost if any opposi- I tion were decided upon; and personally, he should I certainly not take up a position hostile to the bridge j clause if clauses giving compensation as suggested j were introduced into the Bill. J Mr Charles E. Howell said it might be useful if the Council had in mind the circumstances in which the bridge was built. The Company under a previous Act of Parliament were involved io the serious responsibility of constructing a high bridge over the mouth of the river Dovey, between Ynyslas and Aberdcvey. In the session of 1865, however, they promoted a Bill called the Aberystwyth and Welsh Coast Railway (Deviation) Bill for abandoning that Bridge and constructing che present one higher up the river at Glandovey, with a railway along the north shore. The landowners were favourable to this measure, but a few traders in the district petitioned against the Bill, with the result that this bridge was constructed asl a draw-bridge so as not to ioten. fere with the traffic in the water-way. Mr David Davits of Llandinam in his evidence said-" I was in partnership with Mr Savin when we went in for the Welshpool line. Mr Savin is only a half-Welshman and I am a whole one, and I did not see the good of the bridge at all, and dissolved partnership in con- sequence. I offered to make a deviated line for L45,000 in six months, but this bridge would cost £ 100,000. I fancy it would take L20,000 to erect scaffolding to build the bridge, and that might be washed away in a month. It would take four vears to build.—Cross examined I am not very much in- terested in the Cambrian. I had two shares, and I sold them all. I don't know what the Cam- brian estimate is for making the deviation, no'r I don't care. I know Mr Piercy wanted the bridge sad- ly. He looked to the honour of the thing, but I looked to the money.—Mr James Urunlees, C.E., said "In making an estimate for the bridge and embankments I put it down at £ 62,267. If Mr Davies said he would not do the bridge for £ 100,000 it would not influence me." -Earl Vane, then Chair- man of the Cambrian Company, said: "I have seen the list of the petitions, but the only person greatly interested seems to me to be John Evans of Morben. He wrote to me on the subject, and I thought lie had been perfectly satisfied that the new bridge would not liut-t his ship-building 3-ard- I should never like to see the railway interfere with the private in- terests of the people who ply their boats to Garreg." Mr John Evans of Morben. ship-builder, said: "Aber- ctovey is a shiping port for timber, slates, bark, lead ore, &c. We get our coal by water. The trade is carried on up the Dovey, and the principal shipping place is Derwenlas, whose trade would be destroyed by this deviated line.. • • I believe the deviated line would act injuriously to the navig-ation of the river. When I first wrote to Lord Vane, my impress- ion was that a bridge further up, Out of the reach of the navigation, would answer, but on further ex- amination I found the line would seriously injure the northern shore.—Cross-examined: My ship-building place is at Morbenbach, three miles from Machynlleth, and on the existing line and about a mile and a half from the proposed junction of the deviated line. I only launched one ship last year, but have another in a forward state. I should have had more only the railway cut off my yard. I have been compensated for the injuries I have sustained. My complaint is against the whole line." Witness then gave his reasons against the Morben bridge, on the ground that it would on many days cause him to lose a tide, and continued "This refers to boats of twenty tons, of which four each day when t hey are working come over my wharf. They work in spring tides they have no masts to lower to .do that would be a great wear and tear." The tonnage per year at mv wharf going down is 3,000 of slates, and taking my timber and bark 4,000 to 5,000 tons. My own trade up the river is very inconsiderable, perhaps 300 to 400 tons up. We send these boats down the stream loaded, and they bring up lime and coal." The Bill was unopposed in the House of Lords. rhe bridge was built over the Dovey wl:cre it now stood, and made a swing bridge instead of a fixed bridge. He mentioned those circumstances so that the Council might see that the principal objectors to the bridge were the Aberdovey merchants, and he thought their objection was directed mainly to a short line in front of a part of the town. The Clerk pointed out that under the Borough Funds Act, which governed the proceedings of that Council in the matter, it would be necessary—if the Council decided to petition the House of Lords-to have a special meeting specially convened after ten clear notice. Mr R.' Rees asked if no expense could hA incnrrerl ? The Clerk said the costs of opposing the Bill would not be authorised unless they proceeded in the wav he had described. Mr R. Hees asked what would be the expense ? The Clerk said it might involve them in hundreds of pounds, or even larger figures than that. It might do so: he did not say that it would. 0 Mr n. Rees said that the majority of the people of the district were against the closing of the bridge, but the question was if the I'.ill was opposed who was to bear the expense? The Merioneth County Council met on the previous day and decided to oppose the Bill through their Member. It was out of the question to bund another bridge across the Dovey connecting with Pennal. They had asked the Rail- way company for concessions, but they did not seem pr(,pared to give Lliein. The Chairman said it was not quite so. Surely some, concessions had been made. Mr Rees said the question of rates was a verv big question indeed, and it would take some time to go into it. They asked for tickets to Machynlleth at the same rates as to Glandovey, and they were refused. The Chairman From where ? Mr R-es said from Aberystwyth, so that they mighf get visitors around from the Llvfnant. Valley. At Machynlleth they were prepared to oppose the Bill at Isygarreg and Pennal they would be satisfied if they go a siding and a bridge. Aberdovey would also oppose the Bill. Colonel Pryee-Jones, 'M.P. said he thought it might be added that the Cardigan County Council bad passed a very strong resolution to oppose the Hill. lIe felt very strongly on the matter, and thought the Bill should not have been allowed to go so far as an unopposed Bill- IT was true it would cost a great deal to oppose the Bill; they could not oppose it without legal advice, and he thought they should appoint a Committee, who should be empowered to spend, sav £ 100, and to join with Merionethshire and Cardiganshire in protecting their interests. J 1 The A ice-Chairman (Capt Mytton) suggested that Colonel Pryce-Jones should propose, and he would second it, that the Bill should be opposed in the House of Lords for the protection of the interests of the ratepayers of the county and the traders of the locality. Mr W. Ashton asked if that resolution would pledge them to oppose the Bill without the assist- ance of Cardiganshire and Merionethshire. The Vice-Chairman said they could not that day decide to oppose the Bill; all they could do was to direct that the necessary steps for opposing it be taken. Colonel Pryce Jones said he wanted to include in the resolution an invitation to Cardigan- shire and Merionethshire to join in opposing the Bill. ° Mr R. Rees said it seempd to him that there was not sufficient time to oppose the Bill in that form. Mr. James asked if the adoption of the resolution would commit them to the expenditure of any money ? The Vice Chairman said no. The Clerk explained that before they could incur any liability they would have to hold a special meet- ing, which must be advertised. Mr Watkin proposed that the Cardigan and Mer- ioneth County Councils, the Machynlleth Urban Council, and the Isygarreg Parish Council be asked to say what they were prepared to do in opposing the Bill. Mr W, Ashton said lie would second that, If the privilege was one which the town of Machynlleth was prepared to barter away in return for an advertise- ment of the town and a little concession in the way of rat911e did not think it could be very important. Colonel Prvc.P-Joi, Nt P COIR) PARICH and Urban Councils were not allowed to spend money in tl)at way. The Clerk, on beiifg appealed to, said he was not sure whether they came under the Act of 18T2, They were not municipal corporations. The Chairman said he did not rise to oppose the resolution, but he shonld like to point out that for he did not know for how many years—some said ten and some twenty years—this bridge had not been openad, and those who knew the country knew, he thought, that whatever trade there used to be at Derwenlas had ceased to go there, not in consequence of any hostility of the railway company but because people found it cheaper to get their things by railway in- stead of by coasters, The tendency now was in the direction of large ships, and not small, and he was told that the biggest b.at that ever came up the Dovey was something like 27 tons. He mentioned that to show that this was a matter which reallv ex- cited a disproportionate amount of warmth. Things were changing, The old days were times of imports and exports, now things were done on a much larger scale. Moreover, in older days this country was much less frequented by tourists. He ventured to say that the industry of that district was not manufactures but tourists, and that for every pound people made out of manufactures, slates, or anything of that kind, they made £20 by catering for the wants of tourists. The Cambrian Railways Company, to develop the watering places, desired to improve the service in competition with the Great Western from Dolgelley, and the North Western from Afon Wen, and one of their difficulties was that the weakness of this bridge prevented their sending their heavier engines up the coast. That involved a lot of trouble in changing engines and trains at Glandovey, and all the difficulty of small engines working along the coaht, One word as to the question of rates, especially in the case of slates that was a very difficult question to touch. In the first place they had to discuss the question not only with their customers, but with other Companies with whom they had through bookings. Then if the rates were lowered at Machynlleth, the question of undue preference would be raised by the quarry own- ers ot Festiniog, Bethesda, and Port Dinorwic. Mr Campbell said he would remind the Council that Derwenlas was far more interested in that matter than Machynlleth. Derwenlas was once a really prosperous place, but at present the only rem- nant of its prosperity was empty houses and ruined cottages. Mr Humphreys-Owen referred to the small traffic through the bridge. It was not difficult to see the reason why the water traffic had steadily de- creased. When the Cambrian Railway was made there was a tramway which brought the slates from Corris to Quay Ward, whence they were shipped to their destination. Derwenlas was then a port, the only port :Montgomeryshire ever had. The Cambrian Railways managed to get rid of that tramway, the line was made to Aberdovey, and the freights all went to Aberdovey. Why should there not be a canal from Derwenlas to Machynlleth.—The resolution was put in the following form and carried nem. con. :— That this Council is strongly of opinion that the Bill promoted by the substituting a fixed bridge at Glan- dovey over the river Dovey for the present movable bridge, should be opposed by the County Council in the House of Lords for the protection of the interests of the ratepayers of the county and traders resident in that locality and directs the Clerk of the Council to take the necessary steps with the view of pro- moting this opposition under the provisions of the Municipal Corporations (Borough Funds) Act, 1872; and, when the requisite sanction is obtained, that he be authorised to present the necessary petition against the Bill. Further, that a committee be ap- pointed to confer with and instruct the Clerk in re- gard to what steps should be adopted, and that the County Councils of Merioneth and Cardigan be invited to join this Council in the suggested opposition if decided upon."
DOLGELLEY. THE COUNTY COUNCIL.—On the retirement of Alderman Edward Griffith, Dr John Jones has been appointed alderman, and his seat, on the County Council has to be filled. It is not yet clear whether there will be a contest. MATRIMONIAL.—March 12 at C.M. Chapel, Llan- fachreth, the marriage of Mr Lewis Vaughan Wi]- liams, Park Lodge, Nannau, and Miss Elizabeth Pugh (" Lizzie ") the eldest daughter of Mr Howell Pugh, Tyddynbach, was solemnized. The Rev. E. Trevor Evans officiated, assisted by Mr Tom Parry, Registrar. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev. Peter H. Lewis, of this town was last week installed as pastor of Brynteg Church. Some time ago Mr Lewis had taken up the pastoral duties of Gwyddgrug Church, near Pencader, and now another church in the neighbour- hood invited him to be its pastor. Amongst the ministers who preached at the induction meetings was the Rev. W. Parri Huws, B D. AEHGEIHW.—On Friday last the annual literary and musical festival was held at Abergeirw, under the conductorship of Mr John Pugh/Blaen Lliw. The programme comprised songs, recitations, and competitions, the chief item in the literary department being the memorial verses to the late Mr William Pugh, Pantglas. There were four competitors, and the prize was awarded to Mr John PlIgh. The adjudicators were:—Music, Rev E. Trevor Evans, Llanfachreth literary, Rev J. J Evans, Aberllefeni; and the Rev. R. P. Griffith pastor. » A LIBJDL CASE.—On Wednesday at Chester Assizes some of the members of the Dolgelley Fire Brigade gave evidence in a libel action brought by Messrs Rose and Co., Salford, against J. Newton Moss, commercial traveller", in the employ of Messrs Shand, 'Mason and Co., London. The Fire Brigade in 1897 bought an engine of Messrs Shand and Mason. It was exhibited at Llandudno last summer, when defendant told some of the members that it was an old engine from his firm, patched up and sold as new by plantifEs. The jury awarded the plantiffs £45 with costs. LITERARY SOCIETY.-The-ordinary meeting of the C. M. Literary Society was held at Bethel, on Friday evening. The chair was occupied by the Rev. R. Morris, M.A., B.D., and a miscellaneous pro- gramme was proceeded with. Addresses were given by the chairman, and the following took further xart:—Miss Maggie Pritcharl. Messrs. I). R Jones. Edward Williams (Llew Meirion), R. Guthrie Jones, R. C. Evans, W. G. Jones, O. D. Roberts, O. O. Roberts and others. It was decided to bring the session to a close on the 29th inst., and to have a supper and an entertainment on that night. A committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements. PETTY SESSIONS. These Sessions were held on Tuesday, March 19th, before the Rev E. T. Watts, M.A.; Messrs C. E.J. Owen, Edward Griffiths, R. E. Ll. Richards, J. Leigh Taylor, Major Scott, and Tbos Edwards. POACHING. Boaz P. Williams. Richard Evans, and William Morris, ware charged bv Sergeant R Owen with a breach of the PoahingPrcvention Act, 1862. Mr R. Guthrie Jones appeared for the defendants, and made an able speech on their behalf. The Bench, however, considered that the case had been proved, and fined the defendants 5s each and costs. The Chairman of the Bench (the Rev E. T. Watts), expressed his grief at seeing three young men in- dulging in poaching, and strongly advised them to turn a new leaf. PLASBRITH. Owen Hill, Werngoch, Brithdir (the occupier), and Edward Walton (tenant,), were charged by Mr W. R. Davies, on behalf of the Urban District Council, with occupying the house known as Plas- brith, which was unfit. for habitation. Dr Hugh Jones, the medical ofticr of health, gave evidence as to the condition of the house, stating that in his opinion it was not fit for habitation. An order was made to close the bOlls'} in a month's time. 'MAINTENANCE. Owen Owen. builder and contractor, Barmouth, was charged by Mr W. R. Davies, clerk of the Guardians, with neglecting to maintain his wife, who is chargeable to the Dolgelley Union. The case was adjourned for a month. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Council was held at the Shire Hall ou Tuesday night, March ISth,present,—Messrs fi. Wynne Williams /chairman), John Edwards (vice-chairman). J. Griffith, Edward Williams, Ellis Williams, John Jones, Robert Davies, and David Meredith. SURVEYOR'S LIETOR T. The surveyor read a letter he received from th' G W.R., Co., calling the attention of the Council to the waU on the Tynycoed roa'l. As the road had been raised they thought the wall should be raised proportionately. The Chairman said, that the first question in his opinion was who was-responsible for the wall. ) Mr Edward Williams: 011, the Western certainly. I beg to propose that the matter be referred back to Mr Hobotham. Other membors-expressed a similar opinion. ihe C hairman said he would like their resolution to be quite definite. He wished them to call the attention of the Company to the condition of the wall and the need of repairing it. The Surveyor said that the Company had repaired the portion of tite wall between the Goods Station and the town. After some other general remarks, it was decided that a letter he sent to the Company calling their attention to the need of repairing the wall. The Chairman asked the Surveyor whether the steam roller had finished. The Surveyor explained that it had been taken to Towyn before finishing, but that they could have it back m a few weeks. 'lues.t'on °f repairing the rdad between the (IOOCIS Station and the bridge was also discussed at this point. Mr Edward Williams said that the G.W.R. Com- pany, were to repair that part of the road. He wished the Council to understand that he made this statement en very good authority.—Mr John Jones said it was not a new road, and several members expressed themselves very willing to accept Mr Wil- hams' statement if he could prove it was correct. Mr Edward Williams then said lie would name his authority if they wished. It was the county surveyor who had told him. The Chairman said that the County had paid in the past for repairing it. Mr J Griffith then proposed that in consequence of the statement made by Mr Williams, that the road from the Goods entrance to the end of the coping on the bridge was repairable by the G.W.R. Co., that the Clerk be requested to correspond with the County Surveyor on the question. This was carried unanimously. The Surveyor stated that the Streets Committee had been called to consider the plans brought before the Council at a previous meeting, but that only two had turned up, so he had no report to present. He had two other plans—one of a stable Messrs J. Meynck Jones, Ltd., proposed to build, and the other of a house and shop Mr W. 'Williams proposed to build in West-street. It was decided to refer all these plans to the Streets Committee, and that the committee be asked to meet at once without fail. Also that a special meeting of the Council be held next Tuesday night to consider their report, nniDGE OVER THE ARRAY. The Clerk read a petition which had been sent to the Council, signed by several of the inhabitants, requesting the Council to erect a bridge over the river Arran. The Clerk said that the difficulty was that all the owners of the land were not willing to give their consent. Mr Edward Williams proposed that they obtain legal advice by the Clerk. Some of the members said this would be very expensive. The Clerk said that the only way was to declare the road a public road. Mr R. Davies proposed that the Chairman, the Clerk, and the Surveyor be requested to see the owners to discuss the matter. The Clerk said that they had been informed of the owners' feelings on the question. Mr Edward Williams said that their first step was to ask the owners to put the road in proper repair. In his opinion there was no question of the need and desirability of having the bridge, but how were they going to deal with the owners on the other side. Mr J. Edwards proposed that the matter be deferred until the estimates for next year are considered. This was ultimately carried. TIE-AVPOINTMENTS. On the motion of Mr Edward Williams, seconded by Mr Ellis Williams, the Medical officer of Health and the Inspector of Nuisances were re-appointed. THE ROAD TO FANDY. Messrs. J. Meyrick-Jones, Limited, had made an offer to allow the Council to widen the road up to Pandy, Abernant, and the question of accepting the offer and repairing the road had been put on the agenda. Mr Edward Williams proposed that it lie on the table for six months. He had no personal feeling or anything in the matter, but he objected on principle, Mr J. Edwards said he was very favourable to the project. For one thing the road was in a disgraceful condition. He believed it was difficult to find any road in such a condition, even high up in the moun- tains. But this was in their district and much fre- quented by visitors. They ought to have the road in a decent condition. Mr Ellis Williams said that he was not against widening the road, but he wanted to be clear as to their intentions with the bridge. If the road was widened, and the bridge left as it was, it would be very dangerous. Mr R. Davies said that lie was at first favourable to the plan, but the town was against it on account of the expense, so he seconded Mr Edward Williams' motion that the matter be left for six months. Mr Edward Williams said he would like to know many things in connection with this offer. He wouid like to know if the party who offered a yard to widen the road had a right to give it, and whether a yard would be sufficient, and, besides, who would be re- sponsible for the retaining wall. He was in the dark as to such points. All, as far as he could see was a verbal Understanding. He obuld not see there was any legal, or moral, or technical right. He wanted to have such on offer in black and white. As to what Mr Edwards had said about the road, he wished to say that it led only to one place, and now the place where visitors wanted to go had been closed. Visitors never came here to see brick and nioi-tar-jiotto see new walls and buildings—but to see Wales as it used to be in the past. The road had been always there, but never before was there any suggestion of widen- ing it, and the ratepayers ought to be heard in the matter. Mr D. Meredith proposed that the Streets Com- mittee visit the place and report. This was carried. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Chairman said that Mr E. W. Evans and him- self had not been able to meet, and it was decided to defer the consideration of the Medical Officer's annual report until the next meeting, so as to have Dr Hugh Jones and Mr Evans present.
London Letter. London, Wednesday Afternoon. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] THE IRISH LANGUAGE. The action of Mr. O Donnell in sxddrewsinfj the House of Commons in Irish has called attention to the recent revival of the language in the Sister Isle. Ten ye-irs ago it may be said that outside a small school of continental students, nobody cared whether the Irish language survived or not. 8ince that time a movement so strong and gen em 1 has arisen in Ireland in favour of the reten tion of the language, that it bids fair to ous' even politics from the premier place in tfw attention of Irish people. The political plat- form has been captured at one swoop, and I am informed that some of the Irish members are busily engaged in learning the oh! tongue of the country they represent. But the movement is far wider than politic;* foe some of the nobility of Ireland, nof,bV Lord O-istletown are amongst its TIl, di ardent supporters, and others who Ji-uv no politicsare engaged in fostering it. I), b In their pLtforms and in their press, li point the moral by quoting the ca e of Wales; but I am sorry to say that a gun t many if not most of these utterances ,av hopelessly wide of the mark. I read a state- ment a few days ago, made by one of the best known of the language reformers in 1 0 cl which he said that thirty or forty years ago there were only 20,000 people sj eaking W elsh, to day said he, there were ovi-u a million." It is a enrious fact that I i men appear to know less. of Wales than 8cotchmen and Englishmen. This is iinoto example of the need of some medium oi common intercourse, either there's annual conference, or a joint periodical or review. CELTIA. Such a periodical has been started in Dublin. It it called (Jeltia, a Pan-Celtic Monthly intagazizie," and it is published bv The Celtic Association, at 97, Stephen's Green, Dublin. It is brimful of enthus- iasm, but is at the same time interestingano instructive. A dictionary is being prepared of the five Celtic languages, and four of each number are devoted to it, the equivalent of an English word being given in each of the five languages. The Welsh part is not well done, and the sooner the Editor gets hold of a new contributor to this depart- ment, the better for the dictionary, e.s., am pleased to have made your acquaintance," is translated, Mae yn dda genyf fod wedi gwnaed eich cydnabyddiaeth.' The magaz;; < might do a great deal of good by pill,,] short accounts 6f Celtic Societies in Engli. towns. There is no reason why the Welsh- men, Irishmen, and High Scotch of Lo; don should not occasionally meet together. Such Meetings could undoubtedly be productive of much good. THE WELSH LANGUAGE SOCIETY. At their meeting held a few weeks ago the members of the Welsh Language Society passed some interesting resolutions on the teaching of Welsh in Elementary and Secondary Schools. They recommend that in country districts where Welsh is spoken, it should be the medium for the instruction of the younger children. This is an eminently sane suggestion, and if common- in 7 sense had a voice in the organization of the educational curricula in Wales,5 it would no doubt have been acted upon long ago. What can be more cruel than to subject little child- ren of from five to seven years old to hours of teaching in a language which they do not understand. Yet this is done all over Wales to-day, and only a short time ago it was common for teachers of the junior classes in rural schools to prohibit their little charges from using their mother tongue. I have no doubt that if the Welsli Language Society prosecutes its aims with fervour and enthu- siasm, it will carry all before it and make drastic changes in our Educational system as far as the Welsh language is concerned, but will it do anything more than pass reso- lutions ? NO SURRENDER." Mr Chamberlain's statement in the House of Commons, on Tuesday, puts an end to the rumours that Commandant General Louis Botha was prepared to surrender. The Colonial Secretary announced that the Boer Commandant General had informed Lord Kitchener- that he was not disposed to recommend the terms of peace which the British Commander-in-Chief had been in- structed to offer him to the consideration of his Government. He added his Government and his chief officers entirely agreed with his view. The text of the correspondence is to be published forthwith.
LAMPETER. MEET.—The &Neuaddfawr Foxhounds met at the Royal Oak Hotel on Monday. Owing to the fine weather, which kept many of thj farmers away the meet was not a large one. FUNKUAL SERMON-—On Snnday evening last the vicar, Rev. Daniel Jones, M.A., preaghed an eloquent funeral sermon on the late Mrs David Owen, Cellan House, College-street. GUAHDIANS ELECTIONS.—The election of two persons to represent the Urban District on the Board of Guardians takes place on Saturday. Four persons have teen nominated, viz., Mr John Davies, Glen- dale the Rev R. C. Jones, Mr J. C. Harford, and the Rev Daniel Jones, vicar, the two former being the retiring members. SUDDM-N DEATH.—On Wednesday in last week, the funeral of William John, infant son of Mr D. J. Evans, Glasgow House, took place, the interment being made at the Parish Churchyard. The Rev D. Jones (B), officiated at the house, and the Rev Daniel Jones at the gtaveside. On the previous Tuesday evening an inquest was held on the body of the deceased, when a verdict of Found dead was returned The deceased was subject to fits. FANCY DKESS FOOTIJALL MATCH.—The students of St. David's College on Saturday last organised a fancy dress football match in aid of the Lampeter and District Nurse Fund. The teams, which were designated the "Majors and" Minors," paraded the principal streets of the town at 3 o'clock. headed by the College Miscellaneous Band, afterwards pro- ceeding to the College field at 3.30, where there was a fair number of spectator. The gaudy and grotesque costumes of the players created much amusement. It was announced that a scientific exposition of the AMocatim game would be given, but the players could 1.0: be induced to take such a serious view of things, and rules and regulations were thrown to the winds. The funds being low and lemons scare, the players, at half-time, had to be content with sliced turnips. The game, which provided no end of fun tor the spectators, ended in an easy win for one of the sides, but as there seems a doubt as to indentity of the winning team, we will a Id, in eisteddfodic parlance-" Whose proper name did not transpire." The ( r iri's-'i'in was rc-iormed, and again paraded the streets, ma); ing a house-to-house collection. Tile total proceeds of: he. match amounted to E4 odd. and as the objei 1 was a worthly one, the students deserve thanks for their efforts. PBIZECUI'S.—The silver cup of the U.C.W. Agri- cultural Society, offered in a root competition last year, from seeds supplied by Messrs Davies Bros.. Chemist, has been awarded to Mr G. T. Davies, Pen- Ian. The cup is now on view at the Pharmacy, College street. SnocBss.—In the list of candidates who have passed tl o for admission t" training colleges and for the office of teacher under Articles 50 and 52 of the Code of 1900, appears the name of Mr Morgan Williams, St. Peter's Board School, who is placed in the third class. SCHOOL ii >.urj.—At the last monthly meeting of the School board, presided over by the Rev. Daniel Jones (chairman), the contract for the purchase of the s't. of the new boys' school was executed. The sal- aries of the female assistants were increased to the following amounts—M. A. Davies, £ 30 M. T. Evans, £ 25; AIm Evans, £ 25 E. A. Jones, £16. Plans and specifications for the ventilation of the Girl's School were considered and ordered to be sent to the Board of Education for approval. The suggestion of the Board of Education that the teachers should give the children a lesson on the general subject of the census was approved of, and instructions were given to the teachers accordifygly. The Clerk reported that the Board of Education had approved of the statement as to the proposed Second- ary School for Girls, and that a copy of it had been sent to the Cardiganshire and Carmarthenshire County Governing Bodies, and to the Tregaron and Llandyssil County School Governors for their con- sideration. The Clerk also reported that the per- centage of school artendance for the past month was eighty-six. SHOOTING MATCH.—The annual pigeon shooting match in connection with the Lampeter Gun Club was held on. the Lion Field on Wednesday after- noon in last week. In the open class the follow- ing were the winners :-1. Mr Evans, Llanio-isaf; 2. Enoch Thomas, Cilycw ill; 3, James Lewis. Bwlch- fTi n 4, Dr W. E. Rowlands, Garth. After the match a good dinner was partaken of at ''the Lion Hotel, catered by the manageress, Miss Pudge. Mr Thomas Owen, stationmaster, presided, and Mr D. P. Davies, Royal Oak, acted as vice-president. Speeches and songs were delivered by several members of the company. Mr S. Divies-Jonesg Peterwell, was the secretary. PROPOSED ASSEMBLY ROOMS.—The Committee of the 1S94 eisteddfod met at the Foresters' Room, Town Hall, on Wednesday evening last to receive a deputa- tion froru the Town Cuoncil with regard to the pro- posed AssembiaRooms. Professor H. Walker presided. The committee decided to leave the whole matter in the hands of the Town Council. It was also decided to hand the money to the Council as soon as the building operations commenced. The money, including interest, now amounts to about £<30. • TI .WN CobNCiA—A special meeting of tl.0 Town Council W;, held a the Town Hall on Friday evening Walker) presiding. The other nvm'iers present were Alderman B. T. Jones, John fooes, and J. E. Lloyd: Councillors Joseph Davies, Davies, J. J. Davies, Daniel Griffiths, and Sam! Davies. with R. W. Jones (surveyor). The Surveyor !■• ported ;i at a deputation, consisting of Alderman Tivv Jones, John Jones, and himself, had met Mr Harford Nvi; h the view of getting permission to re- move the drain in Gorsddu, near Station-terrace, "he situation having been explained to Mr Harford, he readily cave his consent. After some discussion, it was resolved to remove the drain about 250 yards lower down the river side.—The mayor pointed out that he had sent a list of the subscriptions received towards tue Sailors' and Soldiers' Families Associa- tiou T-v.od ;(> the I-)cal papers for publication, bu< o ily the Welh pazette "had aceeeded to the req n'S
I. '$. sftarnaats and Deatte. BIRTHS. KVANS—March 12th, the wife of Mr Lewis L.. i'.i.-k Lane, Dolgelley, of a daughter — Ii" 'i »> j-. 1. ■■■(>p > eb. 20th at 830, Nae-street. San 'to K-anoif-eo. California, the "wife of Mr W. F; I-; > s-ji of a son, .01. ■ —iieroti 14th, at Emlvn House, Lanipeter, W. Morgan, draper, of a daughter. DEATHS. v ,s—March 9th, aged 44, Mr Williams, )p."r. o'vrick-square, Dolgelley. V A M V—-March 12th. 68 years, Owen -m- taskmaster at the Union Workhouse, Sami. 1, 14th. at Waunfawr, near Aber- ZL r 15 "ear!F. Howell, son of Mr John Samuel, a r ,,1 15 years. 14th, at Castle Inn, Trefechan, V.'n ,:i J'-hn Pugh, seaman, aged 14 months. ,v 1 'h I6ih, at High-street, Aberystwyth, widow of Evan Evans. Cwmcocb, Deny Ohj o :i-cd 71 vears. LKWI larch 17th. at Pent-rebont, Llanveliaia-rn, Ann. if. of Mr Evan Lewis, labourer, aged' 60 rir 20th, Marv TsTightino,alej of Hi reet, Aberystwyth, age,! 65 vears. WILIJAWS —'ARNFFV 19th. in his 61st vear, in Guh-h, U.S.A. ATr J H. Williams, formerly o Hafod Fedw, Doluedey. He leaves a widow a-'dseven children. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGB REES, at the W"L H 'GAZETTE" Printeries Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County Q Cardigan, Thursday, March 21st-, 1901.