THE Royal Alfred Aged Merchant Seamen's Institution. MEETING AT ABERYSTWYTH. Few causes more worthy of aid have drawn to- gether so representative and influential a gathering as that which assembled in Aberystwyth Town Hall last Thursday, under the presidency of His Worship the Mayor (Mr E. P. Wynne), to support the local claims of this beneficial Charity, which is the only charity in the United Kingdom that per- manently relieves aged merchant seamen of good 'Character, irrespective of rank, part of rvice, place of abode, or religious denominations, By admission to its Home at Belvedere-on-Thames, or by the out-pension of £12 per annum at their own homes, scattered throughout the United Kingdom, z, this national and unique Institution has per- manently relieved 1.600 aged seamen, who must otherwise have ended their days in the workhouse. Supporting the Mayor were:—Revs Archdeacon Protheroe, M.A., Prebendary Williams, M.A., T. Levi, J. A. Morris, T. A. Penry, T. E. Roberts, M.A., A. Wynne Thomas, J. H. Ingram, Geo. Eyre Evans, T. Williams, B.A., J. Williams (Salem), Alderman Peter Jones, J.P., Messrs G. Fossett Roberts, J. Watkins, J.P., Evan Evans, Captains D. Lloyd, Morris, and Thomas, Mr Lloyd Lewis (treasurer), Capt D. James and Mr A. J. Hughes (hon. sees.), and Mr A. Lewis Monckton, travelling secretary, who represented the Central Board. The Mayor, in opening the meeting, said that he would have to apologise for his position there as he was rather a novice in maritime matters. There was no class of men that deserved so much atten- tion as the sailors. When they started on their long voyages they never knew whether they would return or not. When asked to preside over the meeting he had replied that he could not, owing to another engagement, but he had come there just to open the meeting (Hear, hear). Mr Monckton, stating the object of the institu- tion, said that it was many years ago since a gentleman in London first thought of some means to relieve destitute sailors. Afterwards a com- mittee of four or five gentlemen was formed. They called upon the Lord Mayor of London, and a public meeting was held at the Mansion House, which was a very successful one. A contribution was received from the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society. A home was erected, after the comple- tion of which there was but a small balance left, but they stuck to it, and at the present time are able to give a goodly sum in pensions to old sea- men. In Wales they had had very many applica- tions, but he was very sorry to say they could not cope with them as the institution's funds are limited, and but a few of the applicants were assisted. At the present time they had fifty-eight Welsh marin- ers on the pension list and they had drawn, up to -the present about £ 2850, and between E600 and £ 700 between them. In the case of old seamen they were kept at the home at the cost of about £30 per annum. They bad to be nursed, fed, and generally cared for as they could not like younger people do much for themselves. It must be very evident to them that the work could not be carried out without some assistance from those who were indirectly connected with the sea. He did not wish to say anything about the assistance given in Wales, as only a few appeals had been made. At this stage a letter was read from Mr D. C. Roberts, J. P. regretting his inability to attend being from home, and wishing every success to the movement. The Mayor then moved the following resolution,— That this meeting of the Aberystwyth Local Committee of the Royal Alfred Aged Merchant Sea- men's Institution cordially acknowledges the great assistance afforded by the Society to the Aged and Destitute Mariners of this coast during the past thirty five years, and hereby invite the inhabitants of Aberystwyth and neighbourhood to financially support this noble and national undertaking." Alderman Peter Jones in seconding the propos- ition observed that they must all feel their duty towards the seafaring section. The greatness of the Empire rested in a large degree upon the sea- faring sources. Up to the year 1851 it bad been compulsory for seafaring men to contribute towards old age pensions, but since then it had been voluntary. He thought that it was a question well worthy o consideration. Assistance was immediate- ly needed and the question which arose was How to meet it?" Wales had derived great financial benefit froir the institution, and he saw that the mariners in the neighbourhood of Borth and New Quay had had considerable assistance, more so than Aberystwyth, but that was the fault of the Aberystwyth seamen in not applying, and especially in not contributing towards the funds of the institution (hear, hear). Mr Monckton said that the institution had had an agent at Aberystwyth, named Thomas Jones. Papers were sent down annually to him which were not returned, and it was eventually found out that he had been dead long ago. (Laughter.) Mr Evan Evans, solicitor, in the absence of Mr Lewis Mat bias, supported the proposition, and said that the matter required especial attention. He endorsed what bad been said by Mr Peter Jones. They often heard of the bravery of their seamen in the collisions that happened too often and the cdorage they showed on such occasions. He hoped that the appeal would be met with a ready response. Mr John Watkins, J.P., said that he came from a seafaring family of many generations. He thought it very hard to see many old seafaring men appeal to the workhouse for assistance in their old age. Their life was a very monotonous one and, perhaps, when they came ashore they spent their money rather too freely. Their soldiers in South Africa had shown them what they could do at the call of duty and if called upon their sailors would be ready tfl erve their country in the same manner. (Hear, hear.) The motion having been put to the meeting, it was carried unanimously. The Mayor was then compelled to leave the meeting, and Alderman. Peter Jones was appointed Chairman in his stead. Archdeacon Protheroe moved that ministers of all churches, chapels and all places of worship in and about Aberystwyth be asked to arrange an annual collection on behalf of the Royal Alfred Institution." Reference had already been made to the importance of their mercantile marine. Refer- ence had been made to the excellence of the British seaman, he thought that there was a superiority in the British seaman over all others in the execution of his duty and of bravery. He had lived in Cardiff for many years and knew the terrible dangers the sailors met with after they returned from a long voyage. Their temptations were very great. There were so many of tfiose sharks about the docks, who led the sailor who had just landed into evil. They would have to be very sympathetic with them in these temptations when they landed. Something ought to be done to improve some of the ships. He had been the chaplain of a prison at Cardiff, and often had a sailor under his charge. Many a sailor preferred to serve ten or twelve weeks imprisonment for refusing to go on a ship than go to the ship which bad such a bad reputa- tion. With regard to their duty towards the institution. he was one of those who were continu- ally called upon to contribute towards different I causes, so that it was impossible to respond to them all, not that they were unworthy, But this appeal was a very deserving one, and he would lay it before his church. The Rev T. Levi seconded the proposition. They as a town, especially Aberystwyth, ought to do everything-in its power to support the movement hear, hear). The Rev Prebendary Williams, in supporting the resolution, said that it was the duty of every practical Englishman and Welshman to do every- thing in his rower to support this institution, for the sake of UO; brave men who risked their lives for the benefit of their country in the navv and the mercantile marine. Through the mercantile marine e they had all the luxuries brought into the country. He "wished to support the proposition. Rev T. A Penry said that they as ministers were only able to speak for themselves. It had his hearty sympathy and he would do all in his power on its behalf to secure an annual collection at his church. The life of a seaman appealed forcibly to them, bv the valnableservices he rendered to them as a nation, and especially to Aberystwyth, which was a seaside town, and in which there were a large nnmbf:r who served the pnblfc in this capacity. The County of Cardigan, by what he gathered from the list of pensioners, was specially favoured; out of the fi'ty-eight on the list thirty-one were from that county. The support of an institution of this kind was an inducement to the sailor to end a better life. Rev. J. A. Morris bad no doubt that when the matter was put before the churches collections would be made. Rev. T F Roberts said he was in sympathy with the resolution. He promised to lay the matter before !,i ■ -hnreh. Rev. T Williams said he was glad to see that a local committee would be formed, so that the county would have? the opportunity to support this excelLvit institution. Rev. J. H. Ingram said there could be no two opinions as to the benefits of this society. He could n it pledge a collection but should bo very pleased to ivp. a small donation of 10s 6d towards the cause (near, hear). Mr J Vv'iliuims (Salem). said that as an old sailor who had been many years at sea he had great please, in supporting the resolution. Mr Wynne Thomas also supported the resolu'ioi. The *J 'irman said that something should be .done t. the matter before the public. Ü The resolution was then put to the meeting and passed unanimously. Captain James on behalf of the seamen present thanked them for the kind feeling expressed towards them. Archdeacon Protheroe proposed that Captain James and Mr A. J. Hughes continue as Hon. Sees., and the proposition was agreed to. A vote of thanks having been passed to the Mayor and Mr Peter Jones for presiding the meet- ing terminated.
Merioneth County Governing Body. THE TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION7 RATE. The quarterly meeting of the Merioneth County Governing Body was held on Thursday, March 28th, at the Police Station, Barmouth, when there were present, Mr E. Parry Jones, Bala (chairman), Mr Edward Griffith. Dolgelley Mr Haydn Jones. Towyn Dr Roger Hughes, Bala; Mr W. P. Evans, Festiniog Dr John Jones, Dolgelley Messrs John Parry, Bala J. Lloyd Owen, Corwen; John Davies, Dyffryn and D. G. Willians, Festiniog with E. D. Jones, headmaster Barmouth County School Arthur Clendon, headmaster, Dolgelley County School, W. T. Lloyd (assistant clerk). DRESSMAKING. The Assistant Clerk reported that a letter bad been received from the Governors of Dr Williams' School refusing to accept the offer of P.8 for the formation of classes in dressmaking in the Dol- gelley district on the conditions laid down by this Body, A ladies Committee was, consequently, formed at Doigelley, which arranged classes and secured the services of Miss Baldwin, of Chester, as instructress. Dr John Jones drew attention to the fees charged which were 30s for the-course. It was thought that they should be less. The Assistant Clerk said the amount of the fees was left to the ladies' committee. FINANCE COMMITTEE. This Committee reported that the Body had a credit of Z569 6s 7d at the bank, which it recom- mended should be apportioned between the different schools. Also that a balance of Z464 13s Od on the technical instruction rate and P-600 in respect of customs and excise duties be equally divided be- tween the schools. A resolution to this effect was proposed by Mr Haydn Jones, who also suggested that the cheques be sent on the following day in order that the local managers might include the amount in their present financial year. Mr D. G. Williams seconded, and the resolution was unanimously agreed to. DR. WILLIAMS' SCHOOL. The report of the Committee appointed to con- sider the charges for the examination and inspec- tion of Dr. Williams' School was presented. It stated that a communication had been sent to the Central Welsh Board informing that authority that the Body was prepared to pay for the actual number of students examined, and not the number on the school register, as at the time of the inspec- tion 21 pupils were not examined at all. It was also pointed out that Merionethshire was not repre- sented x>n the executive committee of the Board, and appealed that such an appointment should be made. The Assistant Clerk said an acknowledgment of the letter had been received, with the intimation that it would be laid before the executive com- mittee at the earliest date. INSTRUCTION OF PUPIL TEACHERS. The Committee appointed to consider a scheme with reference to the instruction of pupil teachers presented their report. It stated that Mr. Lloyd Owen read his report prepared on replies received by him from the headmasters of the county. The Committee now recommended that a conference be summoned to consider the question of the educa- tion of pnpil teachers, and that the members of the County Governing Body, members of the School Board, and managers of voluntary schools, and the headmasters of the county and elementary schools be invited to attend, together with Mr. Darlington, H.M.I.S. In reply to Mr. W. P. Evans, it was stated that no scheme had been formulated by the committee, but it was simply decided to convene a conference to discuss the matter. Mr. Evans thought it would have been an advan- tage if a scheme could have been drawn out as a basis of discussion at the conference. The Chairman pointed out that the Aberystwyth College scheme would be tauen Tits a- basis, nun having been formally adopted some time ago by the Body. Mr. W. P. Evans then proposed the adoption of the recommendation with the addition that the Aberystwyth College scheme be taken as a basis of discussion. Dr. John Jones seconded and the proposition was agreed to. The date of the Conference was fixed for Thurs- day, May 2nd, at Bala. LOAN TO BARMOVTH SCHOOL. A communication was read from the Board of Education relating to the proposed loan of E188 now standing to the credit of the building fund, to the Barmouth School managers. The Board would not consent to a bond being accepted from the school managers, but would require them to enter into an order, the money to be repaid in half-yearly or yearly instalments within a period of 30 years. Mr. Hatydn Jones questioned whether an order would be as effective as a bond, as the former would afford no security to the Governing Body for the repayment of the money. After some discussion Mr. Haydn Jones pro- posed, and Mr. W. P. Evans seconded, tbát they approve of the order, provided it gave security for the repayment of the money to the County Govern- ing Body, and this was carried unanimously. TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION RATE. The next business was to consider the question of levying a technical rate, and to make recommenda- tions to the County Council. Mr. Haydn Jones stated that in the past they had levied only one- half the rate, viz., a halfpenny. He thought they could not ask the County Council or any other body to make use of funds better than by devoting them to educational purposes. And in order to en- able the schools to do more technical work, he ventured te propose that they ask the County Council in this instance to levy a penny instead of a halfpenny rate. It could be spent in the schools to a good purpose, and they had only to get the County Council to look at it from a broad educa- tional standpoint to accede to their application. Dr Roger Hughes seconded. Mr Lloyd Owen said he would like to know what technical education was already being given. The Chairman replied that that was specified in the reports, with which the Body had expressed their satisfaction and the manner in which the money was expended. Mr Parry enquired whether tho technical instruc- tion rate was for the benefit of the intermediate schools only. The Chairman said it would be devoted toward technical education in. the intermediate schools or toward any other institution having any object which the Body might think fit. It would not be applicable to elementary schools, as those received grants from the Board of Education. Mr Lloyd Owen said he would like to see more technical education given in the county schools. Mr W. P. Evans said this was a large question, and the County Council was bound to discuss it in all its aspects. He did not himself object to levying the full penny rate for technical instruction, but he hardly thought the County Council would ac- cept that proposal under present circumstances. As they well knew some districts in the county did very good work in this direction, while other districts had not taken it up. He thought himself that those districts which had not developed this branch of education would be very unwilling to contribute to those schools that were doing good work. He thought the fairest principle with regard to this rate would be for each locality to levy the rate according to its own requirements. If the Towyn people, for instance, were anxious to develope the technical side of their school- as they bad done and would, no doubt. do in the future- by all means let them levy the full rate. The County Council bad power to levy the full rate on anv particular district. in. reply to Mr Edward Griffith, the Assistant Clerk said a i 1 rate would realise about Z596, and a Id rate about £1138. Mr Edward Griffiths Don't you think it would be better to increase it to (l first? 4 Mr John Davies said Barmouth was too poor to spend money on technical education and do justice to other subjects. If a Id rate was levied their portion would be larger, and they would be able to improve their school in technical education. At. Festiniog they had plenty of money (laughter). Dr John Jones said he was in favour ot increas- ing the rate, believing they should encourage technical education. He pointed out that Festiniog received 35 per cent,of the whole rate. The Chairman urged the necessity of making a united appeal to the County Council for the money, as they were all aware of the need of technical education in the county. If they went to the County Council with a sound conviction no one would object to the application. lir W. P. Evans: Never prophesy unless you know. After further discussion, Mr Evans said he thought it a pity t'o rush the matter through, as it was I evident they were not unanimous. Some schools, j he pointed out, developed the science side mere 11 than the other, and why make those pay the full rate. He really thought they had not discussed the matter sufficiently to put it to a vote. Mr Haydn Jones I did not propose this because we in Towyn needed the funds. Mr W. P. Evans: No one suggested that. Mr Haydn Jones continued to say that they at Towyn had been giving more technical education than any school in the county so far, because they found technical education paid, and they would like to devote more money to it. It was the side of education that required most attention at the present time, and he was of opinion that if other schools devoted more time to technical education it would pay them better also. A £ d rate would not allow some schools to develope technical education properly, and he could refer to Barmouth and Dolgelley as instances. He considered they should do their best in the matter of funds for schools which were struggling to give a better technical education. He admitted the County Council would require some persuasion to adopt a Id rate, but the recommendation would comewith additional force if they were as members of the Body able to agree as to the best policy to pursue. If they could not be united, they should fall back upon some- thing less. Mr W. P. Evans suggested that they levy a (1 rate this year, and c(Osider by next year the f advibility of making a Id rate. The Chairman thought some of the members were under a wrong impression as to what technical education was. It was not what they could give in the laboratories. It did not follow because the school had not a properly epuipped laboratory that technical instruction could not be given. Mr Lloyd Owen said he was in favour of a Id rate. Mr Haydn Jones said he did not want to press his resolution, and agreed to withdraw it, pending the report of a committee to make recommendations as to the distribution of the technical rate. The committee to do this work was then appointed, and consists of the following:—The Chairman, Hon. C. H. Wynn, Messrs Haydn Jones, W. P. Evans, John Davies, and Dr John Jones. COUNTY EXHIBITIONS. It was decided to leave the arrangements regarding county exhibitions in the hands of the Central Welsh Board as heretofore. BALA GIRLS' SCHOOL. A communication was read from the Board of Education asking for an explanation upon the falling off in the number of scholars attending the Bala Girls' School. The attendances as shown in the reports were as follows :-1897, 43; 1898, 30; 1899, 27; 1900, 23. A copy of the letter had been sent to the Local Governing Body, and a reply bad been received stating that the numbers quoted appeared to have been taken from either the spring or summer terms, and not from the average for the whole year. For some reason or other the Christmas term in each report had been omitted when taking the average, aud this happened to be the term when most attended. The number in the school at the present time was 30, which was the estimated number likely to attend. Dr Roger Hughes added that for the first few years they went on very well, there being a good deal of enthusiasm. But the children were not allowed to remain in school for more than a term or two, while much inconvenience was felt owing to the temporary premises. They hoped to be more successful in their new and permanent premises. Dr Hughes added that about May the servants changed at Bala, and parents, he was grieved to say, took their girls from school to supply the place of the servants. This was a great injustice to the teachers and the children. On the proposition of Dr John Jones, seconded by Mr Haydn Jones, it was decided that the explanation received from the local managers be forwarded to the Board of Education. A DOLGELLEY APPLICATION. The next business was to consider the request of the Dolgelley School Managers that the County Governing Body on their behalf make an application to the Board of Education for powers to raise on loan the sum of Z800 for the purpose of building a headmaster's house and offices on part of the present school grounds. Mr W. P. Evans proposed that, as this was, the first application of the kind which had come before them, a committee be appointed to consider it. The Dolgelley representatives explained that they did not wish the Body to commit itself to any- thing, but the local managers simply ask permission to borrow the amount stated, taking full responsi- bility upon themselves. On the proposition of Mr Haydn Jones, it was then agreed to grant permission to the Dolgelley managers to erect a master's house on the school premises at their own expense. AUDITOR. Mr John Lloyd was unanimously re-appointed auditor for the ensuing year.
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-r- Era Welsh Slate Quarried, Limited. I ADJOURNED MEETING. INVESTIGATION COMMITTEE'S REPORT. At the annual meeting of this company (whose works are situated at Esgairgeiliog, near Machyn- lleth), held at the Christopher Hotel, Bath, some weeks ago, the proceedings were adjourned in order that a committee, then appointed, might in- vestigate and report. Their statement was received at a meeting held in the Jubilee Hall, Bath, on Friday last. Mr J. Rowlands (chairman), Mach- ynlleth, presided, and there were also present Messrs George Hancock, F. W. Phillput, C. J. Pictor, E. B. Titley, E. Underwood, J. Matthews, B. D. Pope, W. A. Phillips, W. Butcher, G. Butt, H. W. Bladwell, W. Whatley, E. G. Peacock, J. R. Huntley, E. Reese (Machynlleth), A. J. Purdy, J. Taylor, H. B. Tucker, J. Melluish, R. Brice, E. Routley, W. E. Mullins, etc. Mr B. D. rope read tne report ot tile committee, which showed that they first visited the Fron Felen Quarry, which lies to the north of the company's estate. They were of opinion that if the company had available capital it might be advisable to spend, say, £100 in further explanation there with the object of finding suitable slates for roofing. They bad some of the slates split, but the quality as yet obtained was not marketable, and better quality must be obtained before it could be put on the market ataprofit. As to the new water course, which had cost the company iCl,144, the committee doubted whether it was any gain on tbe old water right, and they regarded it as an unnecessary expense. The machinery of the workshops was good, and in good repair, and capable of turning out a fair quantity, but the lack of convenience for tipping debris was a great drawback. Dealing- with the working, the committee said at No. 1 Level the rock was not satisfactory-certainly not what it was reported to be, and no work was being done there at present. At No. 2 Level no work was going pn this was the level from which it was hoped to obtain the best slate, but it required funds to develope it. From No. 3 level the best rock was being obtained at the present time. They were also getting rock at No 4 Level. Tiie supply of slate rock seemed unlimited, but was not of such good quality as every one expected to find when they got further into the mountain. The committee admitted that the statements as to size made in the prospectus were substantially true, bnt it did not follow that big blocks would cut up well. The rock did not 'cleave as one would like, by any means, hence the large percentage of waste. Some of the Committee inspected the deeds at the bank, which appeared to be ail in order. Most of them had passed through the Chairman's hands several times, most of them being before it was ever thought of a company being formed. Mr Reese, on one day of the visit, accompanied the Committee to shew that school slates could be made. He had a 'block of waste rock sawn and split in their presence, and the slates were taken to Machynlleth. Mr Reese, the next day, had them sanded at the works of a Mr Jones; they were com- pleted and framed by Mr Reese himself, and the Committee had them. There was not suitable machinery at the Era Works to make them. If the foreign patents for these slates could be sold, the money so obtained could be very much better em- ployetl in the Era works. In answer to the requisitions, the Committee stated that the liabilities to the Bank were now £ 5,713. "Your committee believe that the estate, including- quarries, royalty and other rights as valued by Mr Davis at £ 22,257; machinery, buildings, and tram lines at Z3,080, was not overvalued, provided the rock could be worked to pay, but as the company paid for this, with the goodwill, E45000, the question as to actual value of the whole depends upon the sale of patents, for which Mr Reese insists he can make £ 15 000. We are pressing him to do so, and the shareholders will support him in this matter." Your Committee recommend a mortgage say of £ 3.000, which they believe can be easily secured and will be sufficient to mlv. off the bank's overdraft and for I present requirements. It is quite impossible for the present machine shop to put out anything like half the quantity stated in the prospectus it' they work night and day, Sundays included. The present out- put is about thirteen tons per week, only half the at It may be possible to increase this output wben the quarries are further developed and more men can. be employed, bat not much until more money has been spent in clearing and opening further into the hill. At the moment the works arc being economically conducted under a very good working foreman, and we believe a small profit is being made. If the same system can be extended for the present and more hands employed so as to keep all the machinery in full ¡ work under the control of Mr. Rowlands and Mr. Jenkins, who are on the spot, and who, we believe, have the welfare of the Company at heart, we think a decided financial improvement will take place. Then, whenjthe mortgage and saleYif patents arecom- pleted, the future of the Company should have serious consideration, (f). Re statements in pros- pectus.—We find from the minute book that it was submitted to the meeting of the Directors, October 28tb, 1897 when Mr. Yoxall, Mr. Hancock, and Mr. Bennett (by Mr. Tribe as proxy), were present, with Mr. Vowles as legal adviser. The minute says: There was produced a proof print of prospectus, prepared in anticipation of this meeting. The directors went carefully over it and adjusted and approved of the same, and being satisfied that the same was fair and accurate, they instructed and authorised the issue of the prospectus in the usual way. (g). Nature of agreements.—The first was explained at the last meeting, the second is an agreement between Mr. and Mrs. Reese and the Company. The Company agrees to buy, Mr. and Mrs. Reese agreed to sell for £ 45,000. Mr. and Mrs Reese agree to accept payment as to kl5,000 odd, in cash, £ 15,000 in ordinary shares fully paid, and P,15,000 in shares or cash at the option of the directors. The Company undertakes to repay all costs of formation, legal expenses, printing, adver- tising, brokerage commission for placing of shares, and all other expenses down to and including the first general allotment. However any set of Directors could consent to such terms when the middle-men were making such a gigantic profit in transferring from Mr. and Mrs. Reese to our Com- pany is a puzzle. The result to the Company has been that not only did the Company pay a very much larger amount than Mr. Reese received, but we are saddled with formation expenses P,2,822 3s lid, which the Committee contend should have been paid by the promoters, (k). Why the failure to make school slates ? At present there is no plant laid down for making them. (n). As to the future of the Company.-Tke Com- mittee do not recommend any imme- diate stringent measures. But that Mr Rowlands and Mr Jenkins be asked to continue to conduct the business of the Company on the same economi- cal lines as at present, until financial questions are arranged. The balance-sheet of the Company re- ported as assets:—Formation expenses, P,2,822 3s lid and property development, F,6,709, the value of which may be estimated at a very small amount. For instance, the amount spent in actual develop- ment (according to books) is E3,701 lls 6d, while the balance of over P,3,600 is made up of directors' fees, which in 1893 alone were E816 lis 6d, and travelling expenses same year E209 lls 6d, together £1,026 3s, and many other amounts which cannot possibly belong to development. Then, again, the losses of each year are added to this account, so that provided arrangements permit the Company to work on better lines for the future the question of reduction of capital should then be considered with a view to the re-adjustment of the balance- sheet. In conclusion, your Committee have pleasure in reporting that they received every possible help in their investigation from 'the Chairman, Direc- tors, and officials of the Company and also from Mr Reese. Mr Usher moved the adoption of the report, and Mr Whatley seconded, in order that it might be discussed. Mr Pictor raised a question as to how Mr Reese receive. :he £ 45,000—in what proportion of cash, ordinary shares, and preference shares; but it was not cleared up, and it was decided to leave this matter .or future inquiry. In further comments Mr Pictor pointed out that 9.1,400 had been paid to the managing directors for salary and expenses, and P.845 for directors' fees in the three years. Mr Hancock said he received a salary of £ 400 a year, plus his out-of-pocket expenses, which he kept down to the lowest figure. As they knew, he was living at Shrewsbury, and that was a long distance from the quarries. He bad devoted his life to the thing, and he did not think he was over- paid. The report was then discussed paragraph by paragraph, and much small detail considered. In answer to a question by Mr Hancock, Mr Philputt said the lack of machinery was not the only reason why the committee did not think it advisable to attempt to produce school slates; the principal reason was that the slate blocks did not split regularly. On the point of the mortgage, Mr Pope said there had been talk of reconstructing the company, but the committee did not favour that idea. He believed a mortgage was in hand, and was almost certain to be successful. Mr Mullins raised the question of how much Mr Reese paid to the promoters. Mr Pope: I believe it was 15,000 shares, fully paid. The Chairman: E13,000 in shares and P,2,000 in cash. Mr Pope: Besides being paid all their out-of- pocket expenses. Mr Pictor asked how it was that Mr Reese was allowed to slip out of the management so easily when his services to the company were secured by the, agreement executed when the company was formed ? Mr Reese was about to explain, when The Chairman said be did not think it was nec- essary to go into a long story of the past. Mr Pope believed Mr Reese was willing to give his services again to the company if he were asked to do so. He believed in the early history of the company there was friction. Mr Reese made a long statement as to differ- ences arising oetween him and the other directors, and said he was willing to give his services to the company again on one condition—he could never be a servant of the company under Mr Hancock any' more. Mr Hancock said he was not built on the same lines as Mr Reese. He admitted there was friction but characterised nine-tenths of his statements as untrue. Mr J. R. Bennett (of Bristol), a former director, supported Mr Hancock, and said because of Mr Reese's connection with other quarries he was so dissatisfied he would not continue on the Board. To his mind it was simply monstrous. Mr Reese's statement was a tissue of falsehood. He would ask Mr .Reese whether he was not at the present moment the owner of other quarries and was it not distinctly stated in the conditions of sale that he was not to be interested in them. Mr Reese said these statements were in- correct. The Chairman: I cannot admit any further dis- cussion. You are at issue. k Mr Reese said his connection with the quarries was in the conveyance, and mentioned in the contract. Mr Hancock described this as an absolute falsehood. Mr Pope, in commenting on other statements in the report, said they believed the late Mr Thomas Owen was very deeply interested in the promotion of the company- They had copies of his letters showing he took great interest in introducing it to the Central Finance Corpora- tion. Mr Ernest Tribe, in justice to Mr Owen's memory, said he only benefited slightly as a share- holder in the Corporation. The report was adopted. The Chairman hoped Mr Hancock would be re- elected a Director. He did not know that anybody could have done better for the Company with the money at his disposal. Mr Melluish proposed, and Mr Francis seconded, that Mr Hancock be re-elected. Mr Hancock said unless lie had an exceedingly hearty invitation he shor.ld not dream of being officially connected with the Company any longer. Mr W. A. Phillips proposed, and Mr Tucker se- conded, that Mr Pope be elected. Mr Hancock said lie should be sorry to see that meeting divide on that matter, and he absolutely withdrew. M r IF "hcr said he was sorry to think that Mr Hancock had absolutely declined to serve them, as he had no doubt that a good many of them put their money into that concern on the good name of Mr Hancock (hear, bear). He hoped he would not withdraw from that matter. Sir Pope said there would be no difficulty, he was sure, at any time in approaching Mr Hancock, and get assistance from him, and get any informa- tion that was wanted. The position was now different to what it was at the time Mr Usher alluded to. Mr Hancock said he appreciated what. Mr Usher had said. It had been one overwhelming thought in his mind for years past. He never asked a living soul to put a penny into the concern. He refused to give advice to any body, and be thought e there were gentlemen in that room to whom he gave that refusal. The fact that because his name was oa the prospectus might have induced some people who knew him to put their money into it, been a constant source of ;pain to him, from the early months he becran to believe that the concern would not turn out as well as the prospec- tus stated, and the-expert reports appeared to indicate What he had not said before at any meeting he would say now, that the Era Company had received more of his sovereigns than of any- body else's. He bad received for eveiy one nf hi" sovereigns OIl,) share and one only. 1 Having said that much, he would corroborate what Mr Pope had said. If he could serve tiu: business in the future by giving them any experience that he had gained or any information that he could obtain, he should be only too glad to do so. Bnt he did not think it would be discreet to have a Board of four Directors, two of whom would be non-residents at a great distance, and having quarterly meetings. If lie had to e:a n ss his views he should think that quarterly visits to the place were not enough. 1-1, would suggest that Mr Pope .should be appointed a DLe.:tcr on the clear understanding that, was binfl- ing to him, that if he were able to serve the business in any way, he would only be glad to (applause). Mr Huntley said he was sure that he was speaking the minds of all present when he said that thougli they were bitterly disappointed at the results of the Era Company, their opinion of the absolute integrity of Mr Hancock was altogether unimpaired (applause). Mr Shaw pointed out, according to the Articles of Association, that no one could be appointed Director but Mr Hancock, They might just as well do the thing legally. Owing to this difficulty, and Mr Hancock decid- ing to resign, the election of a Director was left over for another meeting. Messrs Tribe and Clark, of Bristol, were re- elected auditors for another year at the usual fee. The Investigation Committee having been thanked for their services, a similar compliment was paid to the Chairman, and the meeting closed =
LLANBADARN. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Thurs- day, March 28th, before Major Bonsall (chairman), Messrs Thomas Griffiths, B. E. Morgan, N. Bray, and Thomas James. EXCUSE LIST. John James, Cwmerfin, presented an excuse list in respect of poor rate amounting to £2 14s 6d for the parish of Trefeirig, which was passed. POLICEMAN ASSAULTED. A militiaman named Benjamin Richards, was charged with assaulting P.C. Owen, at Goginan, on the 24th March.—P.C. Owen stated that about six p.m., on Sunday evening, the 24th March, he was called into the Druid Inn, where the landlady, Mrs Evans, said that there were two men in the bar re- fusing to quit the house when she requested them to do so. He went in and saw defendant Richards and another man named Evan Daniel Jones, sitting on the settle. He asked them to go out. Defendant went out quietly, but the other refused, so he turned him out. Outside bn the highway he was talking to Evan Daniel Jones, when he was suddenly struck from behind by defendant Richards on his right eye, which rendered him (witness) quite dazed for awhile. He could not see the defendant, but on turning round he received another blow on the forehead above the left eye. Witness closed with him and he was scratched about the face. Defendant said that if he had not broken his ring he would have had his (witness's) other eye out.—Elizabeth James, Maes- bangor, said she was at the Druid Inn on Sunday night at about 6 p.m. Witness heard the landlady tell the defendant that they had had sufficient time for refreshment, and ask them to go out. When they were about to go out they ordered ham and eggs, but were refused.—Cross-examined by Supt. Phillips: The constable came in and ordered them to go out. The defendant went out quietly, but the other man did not. After they went out the officer was speaking to the other man, when defen- dant struck him. Defendant was standing at the side. When she went out both were struggling on the ground.—Sergeant Phillips stated that on the following Monday he arrested the prisoner at Militia Barracks, Aberystwyth. In reply to the charge he said that the constable tore his jacket in turning him out, and he (defendant) afterwards struck him.-For the defence William Roberts, a militiaman, stated that he was at Goginan on the Sunday night in question. He went to the Druid Inn in company with defendant, whom he had met on the road. After having been requested to go out by the landlady the constable came in and witness went out. He was standing on the road when he saw the constable turn defendant out. Later, while the constable was talking to Evan Daniel Jones, defendant struck him once in the eve. The constable closed in with him, and there was a struggle on the ground —Cross-examined by Superintendent Phillips: He was positive that the defendant only struck the constable once. Witness was there all the time.—Defendant, giving evidence on his own behalf, stated that he, with three others, vfras at the Druid Inn on Sunday night. The landlady asked them to leave. He thought of doing so, but went out to the back first. When he returned he was met by the constable at the door of the. bar, who took hold of him by the shoulder and turned him out. In doing so he tore his jacket, and that was why he struck the constable. A struggle ensued, during which the constable fell against some railings, which accounted for the injury which he bad received.—Cross-examined. The constable did not ask him to go out, but pushed him out, at the same time saying go out.Stipt. Phillips stated that enquiries had been made as to the man's character, and he had received a letter from the Glamorganshire police stating that the man bore a good character.—The court was cleared, and after a short deliberation the Bench sentenced the accused to three months imprisonment with hard labour. REFUSING TO QUIT. Evan Daniel Jones, labourer, South-road, Aber- ystwyth, was cbaiged with disorderly conduct and refusing to quit the Druid Inn, Goginan, when requested to do so by P.C. Owen on Sunday, March 24tb.-Defendant admitted the offence, and was fined 10s and costs. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. James Evans, collier, Tanyganallt, Llanbadarn Fawr, was summoned by Wm. Morgan, school attendance officer, Darren, with neglecting to send his child Thos. James to school regularly.—An order to attend was made.