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ABERYSTWYTH. FKEK LIBKAKY.—At a meeting or the committee held on Friday last, present, Alderman Dongbton (in the chasr), Messrs C. M. Williams, J.P., George Davies, J.P., Robert Ellis, Rev George Eyre Evan. and Rev T A. Penry, hon. see., the list of new book 1 I) r)e ptaeect in the library, prepared by the Selective Committee was passed, the volumes to be openeu in uue course. The books cover a large and comprehensive area, the younger readers being especially we 11 cared for by the committee. HXSTOUT OF ABERYSTWYTH.—With Part Five will be included large portraits of Alexander Gordon, Mayor of Aberystwyth in 1730 and various other years, and of John Jones (Ivon), the well- remembered antiquary and folklorist, who was, with Canon D. Silvan Evans, joint author of Ystein Sionei Other portraits now being pre- pared for subsequent issues include those ot sir Carbery Pryse, Sir Thomas and Lady Bonsall, James Hughes, first Mayor of the reformed Cor- poration, rhombs Owen Morgan, and others. THEFT.—At the Police Court on Thursday, be- fore Messrs B. E. Morgan and David Howell, a yonng labouring man named Thomas Williams, of Widnes, was brought up in custody charged with stealing Lt greatcoat, muffler, and tobacco pouch, of the value of 7s., the property of Geo. Coleman, employed at the new gas works, Llanbadarn load. The coat was left in the works at the dinner hour on the ninth, and was afterwards missed. The prisoner was arrested on a farm near Moriah, and was wearing the coat at the time. Fined 10s and costs or an alternative of 14 days' imprisonment. Accused took the alternative. TEMPERANCE. —The weekly meeting of the local branch of the Independent Order of Good Templars was held at Progress Hall, Mill-street, on Friday evening, when Mr Thomas Vaughan, chief templar, presided. The following programme wal gone through:—Pianoforte daett, U-Niisses Jones and Dougbton (encored) recitation, Miss M. J. Davies, Powell-street male voice singing, Mr J.A.Jenkins' party recitation. Miss Price, Llanbadarn, Short addresses were delivered by Messrs D. C. Williams, R. J. Morgan, U.C.W., and R. Jones. There was a good attendance. ENTERTAINMENT.—A tea and entertainment was held at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday evening for the benefit OA the St Michael's Branch of the Girls' Friendly Society. The chair was occupied by Mr B. Ellis Morgan. The programme was as follows :-Pianoforte solo song, Forget and For- 'I'. L' '!I. 4' TT--1.1. giTe" (with concertina ooiigato;, miss lYduuieeu Boycott; duett, Misses Cotton; song. '-Sorrow and I," Miss Harries: concertina solo, Cava- tina," Mrs Henry Powell; song, The Heavenly Song," Miss Tredwell; dialogue, Misses Hughes Bonsall; selection on the autoharp, Miss Wynne; song, 14 Irisli Folk Song," Miss Protheroe; concer- tina solo, Romance," Mrs Henry Powell; song, Ce que je suis sans toi," Miss Kathleen Boycott song, (with violin obligato), Miss Jones; song, Spring is here," Miss Tredwell; song, Misses Cotton finale, God Save the King." The tables were superintended over by Mrs Protheroe, Misses M. and P. Protheroe, Mrs Henry Davies, Mrs Cocks, Misses Purton and Wynne, assisted by members of the G.F.S. A gool sum was realised. TEA.—A tea, organized by Mrs D. G. Parry, Holyhead-road, Portland, was given on Easter Tuesday in connection with the St Paul's Sunday School. The following ladies presided at the tea tables:—Miss Maria Jones. Laura-place; Miss Mor- gan, Austin Villa; Miss Hall, Terrace-road; Miss Mathias, The Laurels; Miss Lizzie Jones, Bridge- street; Miss Daughton, Great Darkgate-street; Miss Jones, Primrosef Miss Jenkins, Queen-street; Miss Lewis, Princess-street; Miss Jones, High-street; Miss Thomas, Blue Gardens; Miss Edwards, Pros- pect-street; assisted by Misses L. A. Jones, Maggie Morgan, Hughes, Morgan, Jones, Isaac, Lizzie Hughes, Jones, Lewis, Katie Jenkins, S. A. Jenkins, Katie Daniels, Prudence Jones, Jenny Jones, Jenkins, Daniel, Thomas, Charlotte Davies, Katie Morgan, Mand Hughes. The following ladies also rendered valuable assistance—Mrs Capt Davies, Powell-street; Mrs Burbeck, Bridge-street; Mrs Thomas, confectioner; Mrs Jones, Gray's Inn-road; Mrs W. H. Jones, Little Darkgate-street; Mrs Jones, Haroour View; Mrs David Jenkins, Baker-street; Mrs David Edwards, Sea View-place; Mrs Hughes, Queen-street; Mrs Hughes, Cambrian-street. The cake was supplied by Mrs M. A. Jones, confectioner, Bridge-street, and gave general satisfaction. The proceeds, which amounted to over £ 28, were devoted towards the building of a new schoolroom. COUNTY SCHOOL.—The school has been visited in the course of the past week by distinguished educationalists. Amongst others, by Mr Edgar Jones, M.A., headmaster of Barry County School; Mr Charles Morgan, B.A. Cardiff, clerk to the University of Wales Guild of Graduates; Mr H. Holman, M A., H.M. Inspector of Schools for the Bury District, Lancashire, and formerly Master of Method at the College Mr J. M. Edwards..B.A. Assistant Master at Rhyl County School; and Mr. G. Theodore Pilcher and Mrs Pilclier, London. Mr Pileher is an old Harrovian, and received his school education under the heacimastership of Dr Montague Butler, now Master of Trinity, his house master at Harrow being Dr. Westcott, now Bishop of Durham, and one of the assistant masters aT, the time being Dr. Farrar, now Dean of Canterbury. Mr Pilcher was classical scholar of Corpus College, Oxford, and is for the current year Warden of the Haberdashers' Guild, London.IIrs rilcher is from Llanfihangel and is the daughter of the late Rev. J. Lewis, vicar of Bunvilitone, near Cardiff, and sister to Mr W. J. Lewi-, M.A., fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and now Professor of Mineralogy at Cam- bridge. She is B.Sc. of London University. Mr Pilcher addressed the Fifth Form, and gave interest- ing reminiscences of Harrow. Mrs Pilcher also spoke a few words, congratulating the pupils on their school and its pleasant surroundings. The pupils gave them a warm reception. All the visitors were well pleased with what they saw. On Saturday the hockey and the football teams were photographed. These clubs have been very successful during the session. Mr W. R. Hall, Victoria-terrace, has pre- sented to the school a set of six photographs of Cardiganshire scenery, nicely mounted. The lending library at the school is well patronised by the pupils, and is turning out a very decided success. School breaks up on Friday for the vacation, and will re-open on Tuesday, May 7th. All information aboùt fees etc., may be had from the Headmaster, or the Clerk. CHURCH TEMPERANCE SOCIETY.—The final meeting cf the season, which took the form of a social gathering, was held last Wednesday evening at the National Schools, when the Rev Ambrose Jones, M.A., occupied the chair. The programme had been drawn up by Mrs Panchen, and was as followsFlute solo, "Sonata" (Handel), Mr C. Panchen; auto-harp selection, Miss A. P. Wynne; son" "May Dav," Miss M. F. Protheroe; song, Queen "of the earth," Mr Lloyd Williams; song, Miss K. Boycott (encored); song, "Shepherl- Cradle-Song," Mrs Panchen (encored) song, Lead Kindly Light, Mr J. Davies; song, "Whisper and I shall hear," Miss F. Bevan song, Down the vale," Miss F. Tredwell; song (in character), Three Maids of Lee," Miss Pierce and party; concertina solo, Mrs Powell (encored). The tables had been tastefully decorated with a choice selection of flowers, kindly given by Mrs Morgan, Nantceirio Hall, and other ladies. The following ladies presided at the tables-Misses H. Cole, A. P. Wynne A Mitchell, and Mrs Jones, Havelock- villa, assisted bv the following ladies alphabetically arranged :-Misses F. Bevan B. Cole A E. Davies, R. Jones, E. Jones, R. D. Jones C E. Lee, A Mitchell M F. Protheroe, is. Protheroe, A. L. Purton F G. Purton, F. Tredwell, E. V. Weller and Messrs W. Richards, Penparke, Peter William. Rev J. E. Lloyd and Rea Richards. Votes of thanks to the ladies were proposed by Mr P. Williams and seconded in Welsh by Mr Evan Lewis, and supported by Mr Richards, Penparke The meeting proved a success both financially and otherwise, which was very largely due to the efforts of Miss H. Cole and Miss A. P. Wynne, who spared no trouble to complete all arrangements. The secretarial duties were undertaken by Mr P. Williams, and Mr Rea Richards, Heart of Oak iiouse. SiNCTNG FESTIVAL.—The annual singing festival nfVhVcalvinistio Methodists was held last Sunday at the Tabernacle Chapel. The churches of the connexion that took part in this year's gathering were those of Tabernacle and hhiloh with their branches and Salem. The Lngbsh I resbytenan Saron, Llanbadarn, Horeb and Capel Seion did not *»\zr ravt in this year's festival. Ihe conductor this year was Mr Tom Price. Merthyr The after- noon meeting was presided over by Mr W Jenkyn Jones MA., and the afternoon meeting by Mr Richard Jones, William-street Ihe programme included the following hymn-tune. imdut.i- gan Ddirwestol, Mordaith Bvwyd Gweddi r Wyn. Pcnitentin, Qnesta Tomba, Rutherford, Llanddow- ror Cirev Gloucester. Dominus Regit!me, Mawl, Cain. Ll;tillvfni,T v(lvil,T,,i, Dei and Pztii Lesmeirio fv Vdialon Addresses were delivered at intervals v* William Thomas. North-parade; Professor lJY '1 J.L"" Edward Edwards, M.A., and the Kev. William Jones The singing was assisted by an orchestra. iii,, certi- At the afternoon meeting certificates wcreawarde ) to the following' candidates for having successful! y passed examinat ions in singing .-Sol Junior certificate. Maggie Jones, Mary Edwards, Lizzie Jane Rowlands. Maggie Edwards. Wil ai.. Jenkin Evans, Kmie ""Hip, Pitberin^ Mary Pickering, Florence Edwards, Myfanwy Jones. Agnes Richards, Annie Richards David Thomas Jones.-Elenientary, John Herbert Howa-d. Mary Edwards, Edith Rowe, Evelyn Row- lands Arthur Jones, Alfred William Morgan. Ada Ann Jones, Mabel Griffiths. 1st grade staff not a Uou, Ve"cr W Edwards, William Jenkin Pierce. Eliza- beth Edwards, Rosie Jones. 2nd grade Elizabeth Edwards, Rosie Jones, making a total o, forty- Zvcn competitors, of which thirty-one were successful. THE report of Tuesday's meeting of the Town Council will be found inside. TOWN OFFICIALS.-It was reported at a meeting on Tuesday of the Aberystwyth Town Council that the proposal to form a volunteer corps at Aber- ystwyth bad been approved by the King. The Council decided to advance the salary of the sur- veyor from F,150 to £210, that of the borough accountant from £ 135 to £ 160, and that of the inspector to 30s per week. MOTOR CAR ACCIDENT.—An accident befell Dr Bonsall's motor car on Monday evening last. He bad Deen to Bow Street, and was returning about six o'clock through Llanbadarn. The roads were only half dried after recent rain, and owing to a slant in the road the wheels began to skid. The doctor endeavoured to turn to a rougher part of the road, but the machine swerved and run with much force into the wall on the opposite side. The two front wheels were broken off and other damage was done to the front part of the vehicle, but it was understood that the machinery was undamaged. Dr Bonsall was accompanied by an instructor from Coventry, but luckily both escaped uninjured. DRlJK IN CHARCE.-Thomas Rutford, alais Williams, was brought up in custody at the Police Station on Tuesday morning, before Messrs B. E. Morgan and T. Griffiths, charged with having been drunk the previous evening while in charge of a cart and two horses at Llanbadarn. Evidence was given by P.C. Thomas Davies, who deposed that he saw the man driving furiously on the highway, terrifying all the inhabitants.—A fine of 5s and costs was imposed. PETTY SESSIONS.—At the weekly Petty Sessions held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, Edward Edwards, Portland-road, fitter, was charged with keeping a dog without a licence on the 30th ult. A fine of 5s and costs was imposed, the case being proved by Mr Cook, local excise officer. All the borough magistrates, with the exception of Ald. Palmer, who is indisposed, and Mr W. J. Watkins, who is away, were present, and took the oath of al- legiance to his Majesty King Edward VII. THE PENGLAISE GHOST.—This apparition has again been resuscitated, and several persons, especially women, who have occasion to go along that road after dusk have been scared. A gentle- man coming down the hill on Saturday night last saw a white object, standing about six feet, placed against the hedge, which suddenly disappeared on his approach. The affair is evidently the work of some practical jokers, but it is a questionable form of amusement. THE PAXTON SOCIETY.—The very timely sub- ject of Spring Gardening was the title of the paper read by Mr Veary, head gardener to Sir Pryse Pryse, Bart., Gogerddan, at the meeting of the Society on Friday evening. The paper was concise and practical, such as was to be expected from an old hand of Mr Veary's lengthy experience. An linteresting display of Geraniums, Primula obconica, and Brompton Stock, in pots, was shown by Mr Askew, and of splendid bloom of Daffodils, Narcissus, and Anemones, :by Mr Griffiths, Peny- wern, and of Spring Cabbages and Lettuce by Mr Weller and Mr J. Jones, Llanbadarn. THE EXPLOSIVES ACT.—At the Police Station on Friday last, before Messrs Vaughan Davies, M.P., Griffith Jones, and Tom Griffiths, the case of George A Trefois and Ferdinando Maeketto, in the employ of the Frongoch Mining Co., charged with illegal storage of explosives, came on for hearing. The case had been adjourned from the Llanilar Petty Sessions, in order that the defendents might call further evidence. Sergeant Phillips prosecuted. In the first case, the defendant was fined 12s and costs and the other defendant was dismissed on payment of costs. OBTTUARY.—The death took place on Thursday of Mrs. Mary Jones, wife of Capt. Wr. Jones, Trinity- place. at the age of 77 years, and after a married life of over 54 years. She was a daughter of the late David Williams, Troedyrhiw, Seiri. Deceased was a faithful member of the Baker-street Indepen- dent Chapel, and leaves a husband and four sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. The four sons are abroad, two being in the Strait Settle- ments, and one in China, the three being in the mining industry. The other is in Utica, U.S.A., and the eldest daughter resides in Bangor, J'a, North America. The funeral took place on Tuesday at Salem, when the Rev. Job Miles officiated. ENTERTAINMENT.—The annual entertainment in connection with the Siloam Wesleyan Chapel was held on Thursday evening last, when Mr H. L. Evans, borough accountant, presided for the twenty-first year without a break. The following took part in the programme:—Miss Lizzie Jones, Mr John David Jones, M. E. Jones, John Edward Phillips, Margaret Lloyd Warrin-,ton,'Willie Davies, Emma Jane Edwards, Richard Edwin Edwards, John Ernest Tones, Catherine Alice Warrington, Miss Mary Winifred Parry, John Jones, Arthur Griffiths, Harriet Jones, Miss Doughton, Annie Mary Davies, Polly Davies, Willie Hughes and z" party, Gladys Jones, Miss E. J. Warrington, Miss Evans, Catherine Elizabeth Edwards, Esther Lloyd Warrington, Mr J. W. Jones, Margaret Jane Jones, aud Mr John Jones. CONFERENCE OF TEACHERS. On Tuesday evening a conference of teachers of the C.M. Schools of the Aberystwyth district was held at Salem Chapel. The Rev. D. R. Williams (Pastor) presiding, with the Rev. Isaac Joel as secretary. The chairman called upon the various schools to ieport the result of their efforts to get new scholars, when Shiloh and Salem reported the work done, and good results are anticipated. Some excellent remarks and suggestions were given during the course of the meet ins:, and the following took part: Messrs D. Samuel, M.A., Ed. Edwards, M.A., T. J. Samuel, Rev. Thos. Levi, Messrs. Wm. Richards, David Owen. and Isaac Griffiths. The meeting was well attended, and it was resolved that three conferences be held next winter, and that the fforts to see and persuade people: to come to the Sunday Schools be continued. A sub-committee of two representatives from every school was formed to carry on the work of the conference. the first to be called in October next. PLEASANT EVENINGS FOR THE SOLDIERS.—The members of the English Baptist Chapel, Alfred- place, have decided to hold a series of entertain- ments for the benefit of the militiamen now quar- tered in the town. The first was held in the school- room on Thursday evening last, when Mr T. H Edwards presided. The men gave a hearty res- ponse to the invitation extended them, and then- was a large attendance, Captain McGildowney, Captain Evans, and Lieutenant Potter being also, present. Light refreshments, cigarettes, etc., were provided by the members of the church, and the proceedings were interspersed with songs, recita- tions. etc., the programme for which had been arranged by the members of the British ^Vomen's Temperance Association. During the evening the Rev T. Williams, pastor of the church, delivered an address full of kindly advice and encouragement which was much appreciated by the men. Lieu- tenant Potter, on their behalf, afterwards thanked the promoters of the entertainment for their hospitality and kindness. A feature of the pro- gramme was the mouth-organ selections by Gunner* T. Hardy, W. Hardy, and Jordan. The entertain- ments are to be continued, the next being held on Thursday evening. NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN.—The first ltnnualwpetlllL of this society was held at the Town Hall on Wed- nesday. April 10th, when the Rev. T. E. William- presided. The Secretary read the report and financial statement, dealing with the work done from the commencement in Oct., 1899, to Dec. 31s' 1900 On Oct. 30th, 1899, the first committee meet- ino- was held in the Town Hall, when the town at) I district was divided into sections for the purpose of canvassing and the distribution of literature supplied from the head office in London, I,a, were also appointed to each section of the distri- From October 30th to December 28th fiw further business meetings were held The j .e Committee was enlarged and prokress r por I The members ot the uorcirniitt- ault iucir <soi f tions for 1900 were Mri. Fryer, P,2 16s 4d Madame Borsdorf, 4 5s; Mrs. Colby, £1 7s 6d Mrs Phillips, P,6 17s; Mrs James £ 2 Is; Mrs. Williams, ZZ 8s Mrs. Phillip (a donation), £24 17s 3d. The number of sub- scribers on the book for amounts of tw shillings and upwards, was eighty-five, and for sum> under two shillings, sixty-two Ihe total number of subscribers was 147. The balance-sheet showed that the total sum subscribed during the year was £ 46 13s Id. The inspector, Mr Burdett, made his first visit to the town in February. He had also visited AlJerystwyth and district, as occasion required, all through the year, with the following- result:-Ei--lit cases have been investigated in am around Aberystwyth during the year ending December 31st, 1900, as follows: Neglect and starvation, 5 ill treatment and assault, 3; relating to the welfare of 18 children, viz.4 boys, 13 girls, and one baby. Warnings were deemed sufficient in the above-named cases, as none of them were of a very serious nature, and were principally attributable to drink and idleness, ine Inspectoi also paid thirty supervision visits tc these and former cases in the district The Committee feel confident that the public are now takiog a more active interest in the work of the Society. It had already been made clear, both in the '.own and neighbourhood, that a. committee was much needed in the district. The report and financial statement having been adopted, the election of president, officers and committee next took place, with the result that Mn Phillips was elected president; Mrs Fryer Mrs 1. Williams Mrs Colbv, and Mrs Isaac Griffiths were elected vice-presidents; and Mrs James was elected hon- orary secretary. The committee was re-elected with .rawer to add to its number. It was decided that future annual meetings be held in January ot each vear, and that subscriptions become due from j that date. I SUCCESS.—Mr J. Morgan Davies, son of Captain Richard Davies, of Poweli-street, Aberystwyth, has successfully passed the final examination qualifying for the bar and will be called in June next. The result is the more creditable because Mr Davies is engaged on the civil service staff at Somerset House. He prepared for his examinations during his leisure hours. A LIFFEBUOY FOUND.—While -walking along the beach near Clarach on Tuesday morning, Mr Hutchrigs, Bridge-street, found a lifebuoy, which bad been washed ashore. The buoy, which is a new one and painted black, bears the name H.M.S. Fairy." It is now in the possession of Mr Lewis, H.M. Custom, local receiver of wreck. TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT.—The Band of Hope connected with the English Wesley Church is a flourishing institution, thanks mainly to the ener- getic services rendered by Mr R. Northey, ably assisted by Miss Nellie Kenrick. Commencing with a membership of twenty-four, this number has now increased to over one hundred, The an- nual tea and entertainment was held in the school- room on Wednesday in last week, when there was a large attendance. Amongst those present were the Rev T. H. Ingram (pastor), Mrs Ingram, Mr Wil- liams, B.Sc., Porth, Mr Gipson, U.C.W.,and Mrs Gipson, London. The following ladies presided at the tables:—Mrs Ede, Miss Northey, the Misses Collins, Miss Kenrick, Miss Owen, Miss Pryce, and Mrs Jones. In the evening an entertainment was held, when the Pastor, the Rev T. H. Ingram, pre- sided. The following was the progamme gone through:—Opening speech, Miss Nellie Watkins; duett, The Christian martyr," Misses Nellie Wil- liams and Mabel Thomas; recitation," The teetotal car," Miss May Jones; song, "Take me, 0 my father," Miss Annie Richards; recitation, Little boy blue," Master Georgie Humphreys; song, "Father won't you stop your drinking 1" Miss Edith Owen; recitation, "A week," by seven girls; recitation, "The newsboy," Johnny Wilkinson; school song, by four children; recitation, Willie Griffiths; dialogue, The sick doll," Pressie Leake, Emmie Shouring, and Willie Joseph; song, "The railway train," Master Georgie Hammond; recita- tion, Miss Annie Evans; duett, Angel whispers," Misses Olive Jones and Nellie Watkins; recitation, Miss Maggie Jones; recitation and song. by six girls; interrupted recitation, Johnny Wilkinson. An enjoyable gathering concluded with the usual votes of thanks. LOCAL WEDDING. JONES—GRIFFITHS. On Wednesday morning the marriage of the Rev R Gwmryn Jones, Calvinistic Methodist minister at Trisant, and a member of the Cardigan County Council, to Miss Maggie J. Griffiths, only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Griffiths, Market-street, was solemnized at Tabernacle Chapel. A large congre- gation assembled to witness the nuptials being tied, the ceremony being performed by the Rev T. Levi, pastor, assisted by the Rev Isaac Joel, Gosen. The bride was accompanied by Miss Maggie J. Jones (sister of the bridegroom), and the Rev T Masen Jones, Ysbytty Ystwyth, acted as best man, the bride being given away by her brother, Mr J. R. Griffiths. The bride was attired in a dress of silver grey Venetian satin, trimmed with white chiffon, and lace, and wore a white chiffon hat with feathers. She carried a shower bouquet of choice flowers and maiden hair fern and asparagus, and wore a gold bangle, both the gifts of the bridegrcom. The bridesmaid wore a dull grey costume, trimmed with chiffon and feathers, to- gether with a gold brooch, the gift of the bride- groom. On leaving the chapel, the newly married couple received the felicitations of a host of friends. A reception was afterwards held at the bride's home, when a large number of relatives and friends attended. The Rev and Mrs Jones left by the 1.15 train for their honeymoon, which will be spent at London and Tunbridge Wells. The following is a list of the presents received:— Bridegroom to Bride-curb bracelet; Bride to Bridegroom, gold links and revolving bookcase; Mr J. Jones,^father of bridegroom, cheque Mr and Mrs J R Griffiths, clieqiie; MrsRMorgan, Marine-terrace, silver silver Miss M. J, Jones, silver mounted jam stand Miss Maggie Evans, 7, Market street, silk teapot eosv Miss Maggie James, North Parade, dinner cn.ct; Miss Martha Thomas, North Parade, marmalade jar Mrs Hugbes, Trisant, breakfast cruet: Mr Francis Williams, Ton Pentre, mustard pot; A Friend from Capel Dewi, pair of art pots; Mr Bickerstaff, a pair of slippers; Miss Arinie Davies, Bridge street, hand work cushion; Mr R. G. Bennett, Printer, carvers in case; Messrs J. and E. Evans, Drapers, tapestry table cover; Mrs Owen, Seaforth, table cloth and serviettes Miss Lizzie Morgans, Capel Seion, half dozen serviettes Miss Williams, Capel Dewi, sugar sifter; Mr W. R. Jones, Watchmaker, pair of silver serviettes rings in case; Mrs Hughes, Bridge street, bread fork; Miss Annie Thomas, Sea View Place, silver butter cooler; Mrs Jenkins, Compton House, Tre- garon, plush mantle boarder Mrs Morgan, Milliner, table cloth; Miss Phillips, Hill Crest, silver mounted vases Miss Jennie Davies, Powell street, sugar bowler; Miss Hannah Jones, Great Darkgate street, bread stand; Mrs Edwards, Rheidiol House, pair of ivory servettes rings, breadforkand bedroom Islippers; Miss Edwards, Llanbadarn, mounted silver saltcellars Miss J. Jones, Capel Dewi, jam spoon Mr Rowland Morgan, Draper, silk umbrella; Rev. David Lewis, Capel Dewi, set of books Mr and Mrs Jones, Rhoslawdden, pair of home made blankets; Rev Isaac Joel and Miss Joel, Gosen, carvers in case; Mr and Mrs Evan Humphreys, Cardiff, bread fork; Miss Lizzie Morgan Jones, d'ovles; Mr R. D. Williams and Miss M.J. Davies, Powell Street, sugar and cream stand Miss Davies, I Penpark, w-dozen zerviettes and ivory rings Mrs Captain Thomas, Sea View Place, table cloth Mr J. Barclay Jenkins, set of books, "Cyfres y goleuni"; Mrs Levi, sugar bowl and sifter; Mrs Davies, Powell Street, silver-mounted sugar bowl; Mrs and Miss Clulee, Birmingham, hand work silk. nio-ht case and bag Mr George Rees, volume of books Mr D. G. Jones, Sea View-place, silk table tre; Mrs Jenkyn Thomas, Bridge-street, break- fast cruett; Miss Myfanwy Lewis, 40, Great Dark- gate-street toilet cover; a friend from Llanon, I china. teapot; Mrs Owens, Princess-street, toilet stand Mr and Mrs Griffiths, Ruthin, silver cake basket; Miss Ellis, nurse, silver-mounted butler dish and knife; Mr W. H. Jones, ironmonger, fish 'carvers in case; ministerial students of U.C.W., silver-mounted inkstand Mr John Jones, Mountain Ash, cheque Itev T. Mason Jones, Ysbytty, Poetical Works of Robert Browning; Mrs Lewis, Great Dark- gate-street., a pair of vases; MrJ. Lumley Davies Lledrod, inkstand Miss M. Jenkins, and Miss M. Davies, Capel Dewi, butter knife Messrs W. and A, Hopkins, breakfast cruet. VALE OF RIIKIDIOL RAILWAY. A DIFFICULTY AT THE HARBOUR. The construction of this railway has been inter- rupted by representations made to the Board of Trade by certain persons interested in the "Gap at the Harbour. About one hundrad tons of rails and other materials have been brought by steamer for the pur- poses of the line, anct the contractors (Messrs Pethick Bros.) had commenced their excavations for laying the track, the work having been started opposite Messrs M. H. Davies' warehouse, and continued as far as the "Gap." Here the work was stopped, owing to certain persons, who claim the right to moor boats at this spot, objecting to any encroachment. The contractors had intended pushing on rapidly with the construction of the line as far as Llanbadarn, where it will be necessary to construct a bridge across the Hheidol, and the conveyance of material to that place would have been such facilitated. It now appears that a temporary arrangement has been arrived at whereby the Railway C jnipa. y agree to widen the "Gap at one point, and make up for the space which they will take away. It is hoped that the difficulty will be satisfactorily overcome, in order that the work may ce proceeded with without delay, and it is gratifymg to find that those chiefly interested in the "Gap "'have already waived their objections. On Wednesday morning Capt. Frederick, an inspector of the Board of Trade, paid a vist to the "Gap," and examined the cause of complaint made by the boatmen and fishermen. FRONGOCH MINE?. ANOTHER EXPLOSION. WORKS PRACTICALLY AT A STANDSTILL. Another untoward incident occurred on Saturday night last at the Frongoch Mines. About 10 o'clock a loud report of exploded dynamite was heard, and on invesi iuation it was foKiid -that the •' lander" which carries water from the leet to the .op of the wheel used for pumping had been blown partly away, rendering it useless. The report was heard at distances of a mile and a half and two miles away, and caused considerable consternation •n ::e neighbourhood. The matter has been placed in :;e hands of the police, but no clue has been obtained as to the perpetrators. Work at the mine is now practically at a stand- ¡ ilL The discharge of the miners was followed quickly by a suspension of work on the part of the timbermen and enginenren, the latter having failed to accept a new arrangement drawn up by their employers. Under the old arrangement, they worked I tid 1 o'clock on Saturday, but now they were asked to work till 2. It was also the custom to give tne men a holiday every Mon, ay after pay-day, but this con- cession the management also sought to withdraw. The timbermen and enginemen refused to accept tin1 new conditions, with the result that they were all discharged on Saturday week, although they had stopped working two or three days previously. Tue withdrawal of these men placed the mine in -tanker of being flooded, and the "lander" on Sarurday riis'ht last mane things look very grave, ;he only means of pumping being thus stopped. Company have placed an electrical pump at epth of ninety fathoms in the mine, but this at resent is not working On Saturday the water ha rCicbed to within three feet of this, and fears wen- entertained that the engine room would bee- ;w flooded. Such an occurenc would com- pletely destroy the pump, which is a valuable piece of.machinery. When operations were first started at the mine a similar pump was rendered useless by dampness, and had to be removed. A steam pump has been fixed at the mouth of the pit, but this it appears, not being of very modern date, can only be worked by one man, and iie is amongst those discharged. The Company have spent an enormous sum in opening up the mine, and it is estimated z, that P,80,000 at least has been spent on the surface in machinery, and other plant. It is now rumoured that the concern has been offered for sale in London. The band of Italians-numbering between 80 and 100-who were brought to work in the mine kave now departed with the exception of seven or eight. A large number left for the North of England about a fortnight ago, and others have gone to the colliery districts of South Wales, while some have returned to their native country. Later information from Frongoch shows that numdino ODerations have been resumed, and the flooding of the mine has been prevented. The only workmen now employed are a few enginemen. WOMEN'S LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. THE HOUSING QUESTION. A meeting of the members of this Association was held on Friday last, when two interesting papers on the Housing Question were read, one by the president (Mrs. T. E. Ellis) and the other by Miss Getta Jones. Mrs Ellis, in her address, dealt with the over- crowding of the working classes, especially in London. London, she said, would always be crowded, but it was the over-crowding they bad to look at, the overcrowding that killed their babies, debased their boys, ruined their girls, enslaved their women, and drove their men to drink and crime. It was this that required amendment. Fully a fifth of the total population of London was at this moment over- crowded in spite of the law. This overcrowded fifth was living in houses in direct contravention of the Public Health Act of 1891. It must not be supposed it was only the dwellers in single rooms who were over-crowded. It was the dwellers also in two and three and even four rooms and more —in fact, 35 per cent. of all the people in London who lived in tenements of less than five rooms were overcrowded. Mrs. Ellis proceeded to men- tion a few of the effects of overcrowding. The life of the one-roomed over-crowded poor was tor- ture, and let it be told ,with shame, the hardest burden fell upon the women. To the miseries of their habitation they must add the night and day drudgery of their stifling little homes; cooking and washing, and there might be a child ill in bed. and there were certain to becbildren crawling about too young to go to school. Yet the women must do all the work in their single rooms just the same. As to the men and the eider children, who could wonder at the husband flying from such a home soon after his return from work for the comfort and brightness of the drinking palace at the corner? Who could wonder at the children, on leaving school in the evening, preferring the streets to such a crowded home? The one-roomed home was bad' enough for ordinary living, but when it was turned into a workshop what must its condition be then ? Yet, thousands of these single roomed tenements were not only used for sleeping, living, ashing, drying, and cooking, but as work- shops, id sometimes as stores. Overcrowding also caused high rents, the loss of home life, immor !ity, drink, debility, consumption, infectious diseases, and unnecessary deaths. Overcrowding was said by one to be not only the greatest of all sanitary evils, but by far and away the greatest of all moral evils." The worst sufferers from over-crowd- ing were the children. It killed them off at an alarming rate. It might be said that the sooner these chilchendied the better, and perhaps, when one thought of the terrible up-bringing they had, it was kinder to wish them dead. But that did not in any way diminish the evils they were heirs to. It was hard to conceive to the full what life really meant to the child-sufferers from over-crowding. They had no home-life in their hovels, so, except for the hours of huddled sleep, the streets became their chief resort. Here they quickly went from bad to worse. The Hooligan himself was but the product of overcrowding. The speaker then pro- ceeded to enumerate the causes of overcrowding, which she put down to the greed of landlords, the neglect of local authorities, the failure of the central authorities, the sloth of Governments, and the apathy and inactivity of the people themselves. But it was the local authorities who had the real administrative power in their hands. Had they dons their duty from the first, they would not have had such a terrible problem to face as they had to-day. Mrs Ellis referred at length to the schemes for the improvement of insanitary areas and the housing of the poor being carried out by the London County Council, but said two serious faults stood out. In the first place the Council was not housing the right people, and in the second it was not building enough. In conclusion, she said that to neglect the problem was but to deepen the problem. Indeed, it was a problem which legislation alone could never hope to solve. There must be fostered in the people themselves that desire for healthier surroundings, and that aspiration towards a higher standard of life, without which all the efforts of law-makers must, come to naught. When those whose destiny it was to direct the nation's affairs had learned to use the knowledge laboriously collected by the investigator, and patiently sifted by the student, the salvation of the unhoused and badly-housed, and the overcrowded would be in sight. Miss Getta Jones, in the course of her paper, said public opinion had never been more closely identi- fied with any question than with that of the housing of the working classes at the present time. Overcrowding had risen to an appalling extent dur- ing the last ten years, which gave rise not only to intemperance but disease and death. It was generally accepted that there was nothing better for consumption than fresh air, and it had also been proved that it was not so hereditary as it was infectious. So, undoubtedly, the overcrowding and the badly-ventilated rooms had bad much to do with the spreading of this fatal disease, which was so prevalent in Wales, and especially in Cardigan- shire. The reports of local sanitary authorities could not be read without experiencing a painful feeling that too frequently and too commonly the working man lived under conditions which were both physically and morally unwholesome and offensive. Speaking generally, there was a decided lack of healthy cottage accommodation. The scarcity was a gradually intensifying evil, and the overcrowding was systematic and constant, only the very worst cases attracting attention, and receiving any sort of public notice. Houses adapted for working men were much needed in Abervstwyth. For some years the Town Council held required, and very properly, when leases were renewed, Lhat the existing houses should either be thoroughly improved or be altogether rebuilt on a larger scale. From one point of view that was quite right, but when these houses, of £10 or £12 rental, were replaced by others for which £25 to E30 was asked, they were not at all adapted for working people, but meant for lodging houses. As for the housing of the very poor it was a difficult problem to solve. Unless some change took place soon the poor would be homeless, for even the Workhouse was quite full. Might tliev indulge in the divine optimism and say the old order changetb, yielding place to the new." If so, in this housing matter it was hoped the change would come quickly. PROPOSED ML MORTAL TO A WELSH SCHOOLMASTER. A correspondent writing to the Manchester Guard- ian says :—The Governing Body of Abergele County School have decided to promote a movement to secure a suitable memorial to the late Dr. Williams, first headmaster of th-it school. The circumstances of the case are so exceptional that propably the action now taken will commend itself to the friends of Welsh education at large. The late Dr. Williams was not, only the first head master appointed to Aberg-ele School, but also the first head master ap- pointe under the Welsh Intermediate Education Act, who has died while holding office. In addition to this, Dr Williams was himseir a typical product of the Welsh national revival in education, which created the system of both secondary and higher education in the Principality. Born in Cardigan- shire, his early struggles to secure the means of mental culture would have delighted the heart and inspired the pen of a Smiles. The University College of Wales at Aberystwyth, which has turned out so many leaders of Wrelsh thought, fitted Dr. Williams to benefit by the wider culture of the German Universities, whither at the termination of his Aberystwyth course he was enabled to proceed. Returning to his native land he was appointed head master of Abergele County School when first opened—only to find that his brilliant academic success had been too dearly purchased at the cost of completely broken physical health. It was only the innate the idomitable pluck of the man which enabled him to perform his school duties under such a IegFee of physical prostration asjwould, in a less courageous nature, have for months have con- fined him to his room as a confirmed invalid. I Within a day of his death he insisted upon being driven to the school, so that he literally died at his post. The Governors have concluded that his is an example to inspire Welsh lads of the future, and with his object the present movement to provide a suitable memorial has been resolved upon. A local committee, with the Rev. Francis Jones, Calvinistic Methodist minister at Abergele, as chairman, Mr. G. T. Evans, of the North and South Wrales Bank, as treasurer, and Mr W. J. Evans, assistant master Abergele School, as secretary, has been formed to make í he preliminary arrangements. The form the memorial will take has not been decided upon, and this will probably be left to the subscribers to deter- mine. (The late Dr. Williams was a son of Mr Isaac Williams, formerly of Llanfarian)




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