Evan John: A CHARACTER SKETCH. We met our subject coming along through the main street rigged up in a clean corduroy trips, and a short-cut grey jacket with a pair of strong clean boots -dressed every inch as good as a country squire when he goes a-hunting. Evan John is the happiest man in all Lampeter. Dame Nature is wondrous kind to her subjects. When anything goes amiss in the least in her workings she never fails to contrive a remedy to counterbalance her errors. When she fails in her finest and most priceless of all blessings, namely to open wide the gateway to that only high-road to the highest of pleasures—a sound mind, she never fails to make ample amends by rich endownments of her choicest of gifts, to wit, good health, good humour, and few wants and simple that never bring care and anxiety in their train. Evan John is always in good humor, and his whole face is carved in the best possible manner to give it expression. A rougish twinkling little eye hiding in a brownish stubble ;a strong dry voice, breaking oft into a merry staccato laugh, and two restless legs, not quite on a par with one another, make up that humble personality known as Evan John. If not over-stocked in that upper storey which ever gives mankind the greatest trouble, Evan John, however, is not without his native wits. One Sunday morning, before he had entered the workhouse, Evan John was found by a kind master busy at work in the fields pushing a wheelbarrow. Evan John Evan John!" said the master, you'll never go to Heaven if you drive a wheelbarrow on Sunday." "Well to be shuer" retorted the innocent, "I'll go to Heaven before master. I drive only one wheel but you drive two," pointing triumphantly to the master's trap. Evan John once upon a time prided himself upon being a bit of a doctor. Sheer goodness of heart and not pride nor avarice made him adopt that noble profession. His recital of his prescriptions created roars of laughter in many a household. His recommendations were never followed but his comic advices no doubt told for good on many a sufferer. For all ills that flesh is heir to, Evan John had but one sovereign remedy—"sebon du;" and it is said that once upon a time, when Evan John heard people talking that Mr So-and-So suffered badly from Clefyd y Sul," he hastened off im- mediately to the patient, and told the wife to apply sebon du" in abundance, and that her husband would soon come round from his malady. Evan John gets along very well by doing as other people do, he troubles not to ask the reason why. He is a fixed quantity; is subject to no laws of develop- ment, and never seems to grow old. He greatly flatters himself nowadays with being the senior member of the House; and no M.P. was ever prouder of such an honoured position. He has seen masters and matrons coming and going. He has witnessed many a touching transition scene twixt the cradle and the grave. He is not arrogant of power, and does not lust for dominion but he has some misgivings as to the wisdom of the Guardians in appointing masters from outside time after time. He thought his turn had now fairly come. But he calmly submitted to the new alliance, seeing that in the House of the Poor as in the House of the Great, the destinies of the people, be they paupers or princes, are often determined by marriages. He is the supreme lord of the casual ward, and is the veritable terror of all tramps. He never makes any compromise with dirt. Summer and winter alike the vagrant must undergo the ordeal, for Evan John is inexorable. He is a strict Sabbatarian by training, and a staunch Liberal by contagion. A bit of a ritualist, he is not happy unless be gets the best of everything. He may not know B from a bull's foot, but he dearly loves a well bound Bible, and is not satisfied with his hymn book unless it be richly gilt. He is a most loyal inmate; and although he may not truly say that my mind to me a kit. zdom is," still he is happier in the House than the Czar in his Palace; for he has what neither Czar nor Sultan have not-a quiet, contented mind. The mind, like the ocean, is as still and smooth at low water mark as it is at a higher level. Evan John's mind is never perturbed; but he possesses, to a remarkable degree, the knack t)f conforming his visage to suit the occasion-be it grave or gay. Last week, in common with many others, Evan John drew a'long and melancholy faCe while eyeing the bold figures of the Budget on a newspaper bill. Evan John thought the huge figures of the new taxes told a tale of woe from the war—and who will may he thought wrongly. As he stared in blank astonishment at the figures, he was only an instance of thousands who know by experience that they musti somehow suffer although they understand not why. A bystander's remark that a penny stamp and a sensible letter could have saved all this-the war and the tax-was a philosophy too deep for Evan John but when he was told that he would have to fare on less sugar, he immediately realized the gravity of the situation, and at once fell foul of the wicked set—y tacle'na-who have the heait to sour a life already none too sweet. Let us hope that Evan John may yet survive Governments as he has survived Boards; and that be may see new Ministers as he has seen new Mast era; so that be may yet see the common 16t brightened by better days than these that are over- shadowed by the war-cloud.
TREGARON Cyclists- will be interested to know that the celebiated firm of Humber have just issued a most useful little book on "Cycles and how.to use them." It contains valuable advice on the selection and care of the machine, and the instructions are clearly illustrated, so that the merest tyro cannot fail to understand them. No intending purchaser, or rider-of a cycle, should be without this valuable little work, which may be obtained, post free. from Humber, Limited, 32, Holborn Viaduct, -London, E C., or their local agent; M. Davies and Son Llanon House, Aberayron. PARISH COUNCIL.—The first meeting, oft the Parish Council since the election of new members was held at the National School on Friday evening last. The members present were Messrs E. H. Bebb, H. W. Jones, E. J. Evans, Einon Williams W. R Jenkins, Stephen Hitgheq, E. C. Evans, M. J. Davies, John Jones (Waunfawr), and Joseph F.dwards. with Miss Jenkins(clerk);. and Mr John James (rate -oolleotor)) Mr Debb presided.—Mr W; R Jenkins proposed that Mr H. W. Jones be appointed chairman for the ensuing year. Mr E. w.ns seconded, and this was unanimously •agreed to.—On the proDosition of Mr Joseph Ldwards, seconded by Mr W. R. Jenkins, Mr Einon Williams was appointed vice-chairman. Messrs R. S. Rowlands, Garth, and Joseph Edwards were, on the motion of Mr H. W. Jones, seconded by Mr non Williams, appointed overseers for the ensuing year. Several of the members protested against their appointment, on the ground that they had been canvassing, and ultimately Messrs H. Williams Derigaron, and Joseph Edwards were appointed overseers in their stead. SCHOOL BOARD.—The monthly meeting of the ^chool Board was held on Friday evening last, Mr C. Evans being in the chair. There were also present Messrs Joseph Edwards, Stephen Jones, Timothy Evans, and David Thomas (clerk).—The Clerk submitted a statement of receipts and expenditure for the past half year, and precepts were issued to meet the liabilities of the Board at the rate of 6d in the L, which will probably leave about £20 approximately in hand for next year. e committee appointed to consider the necessary steps towards fixing a pump at the Castell Flemish School reported that the clerk should order a new wooden pump from Mr David Richards. Llanddewi i <3esii-a.bi]ity of changing the date of the holidays of the elementary schools so as to correspond with that of the County School was adjourned for a month. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL—TUESDAT. Present: Messrs David Williams. Bettws Leiki; Evan Lloyd, Blaenpeniial Rees Evans, John James and D. J, Williams, Caron Lowei- Richard Jones, Caron Upper; David Davies, Doethie United, David Davies and R. S. Rowlands, Gorwydd Ed- Jenkins, Gwnnws Upper; Peter Davies, Liangeitho; D. W. E. Rowlands, Llanio United John Owen, Llanbadarn; Evan Evans, Lledrod Lower; William Owen, Lledrod Upper: Thomas Edwards, and Hugh Herberts, Nantcwnlle Evan Evans, Ystrad Meurig; William Jones and Lewis Oliver, Ysbytty Ystwyth; with J. Lloyd, clerk. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The Clerk was appointed chairman pro tem. It was agreed on the motion of Mr John Owen, and seconded by Mr Lewis Oliver that the appoint- ment be made by ballot. Mr David Davies, last year's chairman, said that be did not wish to be re-elected chairman this year again, as he had al- ready said so a fortnight ago. The result of the first ballot was, Richard Jones, 9; H Herberts, 8; and David Davies, 1. This being an inadequate majority, a second ballot took place, the result of which was, Richard Jones, 10; H. Herberts, 8. Mr Hugh Herberts proposed and Mr David Davies seconded that Mr Richard Jones be appointed chairman for the ensuing year. The appointment of vice chairman then tock place, and the result was, Peter Davies, 7; H. ff erberts, 10; and John Owen Mr Peter Davies proposed, and Mr Evan Lloyd seconded, that Mr Hugh Herberts be appointed vice-chairman. Both the chairman and the vice-chairman having been duly elected thanked the Board for appointing them to the offices. The meeting was then adjourned till the after- noon, when Mr Richard Jones again presided. The Inspector said that he bad invited tenders for pipes for the Swyddffynon Water Supply. It was agreed to leave the matter to a com- mittee consisting of Messrs Richard Jones, Wm. Owen, Evan Evans, Bryn ViUft and the lusoector, BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—TUESDAY. Mr Richard Jones presided Over a meeting of the Board of Guardians held on Tuesday last. Mr Richard Jones presided pro tem. Mr David Davies said that the usual custom of the Guardians with regard to appointing a chairman was that the vice-chairman of the past year should be appointed chairman, but lie would suggest that Mr D. J. Williams be appointed chair- man until the three years expired, and then Mr Rees Evans be appointed so that matter could come with order. The three years are now about expiring. Mr D. J. Williams said that he would refuse the offer as he preferred leaving the chair to another member. Mr Lewis Oliver seconded the suggestion made by Mr David Davies, and this was agreed to. Mr Williams then took the chair and thanked the members for the appointment. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. The next business was to select committees and Mr Evan Evans suggested that the old members be re-appointed, and that the vacancies caused by the retiring members be filled by those members who have succeeded them. Mr David Davies seconded and it was agreed to. The following members were then appointed on the various committees:— Finance Committee.—Messrs Evan Evans (chair- man), David Davies, H. Herberts, Rees Evans, Peter Davies, D. J. Williams, Evan Lloyd, Richard Jones, D. Williams, R. S. Rowlands, William Jones and William Owen. Assessment Committee.—Messrs David Davies (chairman), Lewis Oliver, D. J. Williams, R. Jones, John Jones, Evan Evans, Thomas Edwards, D. Lodwick, Peter Davies, Thos Davies, Evan Lloyd, and Thomas Jones. Visiting Committee.—Messrs Evan Lloyd (chair- man), Edward Jenkins, H. Herberis, R S. Rowlands, David Davies, T. Davies, John Owen. Wm Jones, T. Edwards, Rees Evans, R. Jones, E. Lloyd, and William Owen. School Attendance Committee — Messrs D. Lodwick, R. S. Rowlands, Thomas Davies, William Jones, David Williams, Rees Evans, and William Owen. STATISTICS. Out-door relief administered during the past fortnight, per Mr Rees Rowlands, was £ 20 7s 6d to 139 paupers. Number of inmates in the House. 26; corresponding period last year, 28. COMMITTEE'S REPORT. Mr Evan Evans said he. together with three or four other members, had met to consider a few matters, the chief of which was Dr Morgan's salary. They resolved to increase his salary from £ 20 to £30, and he might add that they were all unanimous in their decision. He would give a notice of motion that at the next meeting he would move that the salary be increased from ZZO to .£30. AGE DISPUTE. Whilst considering the relief lists, the case of a pauper named Margaret Rees, aged 100 years, residing in the parish of Ysbytty Ystwyth, receiving five shillings per week as out-relief, came under consideration. Mr Lewis Oliver suggested that a subscription be made to this old dame, owing to her having reached the advanced age of 100 years Her relatives, would, undoubtedly, think a le t of it. Mr William Jones said that she was not 100 years old, she could only be about 94, or at the furthest 97 years Mr Oliver hoped that the clerk would be able to make it out that the old woman was 100 years of age. Mr William Jones said that he was no scientist. neither was Mr Oliver, and be proposed that if they do anything, that they give her 6s a week. She was quite well, and made no application at all. Mr Evan Evans suggested that Mr Oliver, if be wanted to make a presentation, should collect among the Guardians. Mr John Owen seconded Mr William Jones's proposition. On the proposition of Mr H. Herberts, and seconded by Mr Evan Lloyd, it was agreed to defer the matter for a fortnight, to find out her proper age. TIME OF MEETING. Mr David Davies said that a few members sug- gested that the hour of meeting should be changed from 10-30 as at present to 11 o'clock. Mr Evan Evans said that he had about the longest way to come to the meeting and being engaged otherwise, on the previous and the following days, he was also in favour of having the meeting at 11 o'clock. The Clerk pointed that the members attended better at the present tipie, and he suggested that the hour should not be altered. This was agreed to.
LLANILAR. PENTRELLYN.- Ysgrifena 11 Pentrefwr "Mae sawyr annymunol iawn i'w orogU wrth basio trwy y lie hwn. A oes dim meddygyniaethyw gael tuag at y. fath esgymunbeth afiachus ? SYMMUDIAD.—Symmudodd Mr William Evans, saer, a'i deulu yrwythnos ddiweddaf i fyW i Aber- ystwyth. Teimlir colled ar ol Mr Evans yn Carmel, ag er dangos en teimladau da tuag ato bwriada Carmel a'r canghenau wneyd tysteb sylweddol iddo am; ei Isifurynglyn ar canu. Haeddodd hyn ar ea llaw.
LLWYNGWRIL. PARISH COUNCIL—The first meeting of the recently elected Parish Council was held on Satur- day last when all -the members were present. Mr D. Jones, Barmouth Junction was elected chairman, and Mr Hugh Thomas, Rbos Lefai, vice-chairman for the year. Messrs Ellis Williams, Bwlchgwyn- William Evans, Biyngwilym; and Hugh Thomas' Rhos Lefain, were elected Overseers for the year' A resolution was-passed unanimously protesting against the making of the Sewer at Llwyngwril as being unnecessary, and Messrs C. Roberts and R. Ffoulkes Jones, the members of the Rural District Council were asked to support a greatly modified, scheme; which would answer the purpose equally well, BUILDING.—Mr John Lloyd has secured the contract for building a house on a nicely elected situation above the village for Mr W. Hale, a Bir- mingham architect, which is to be commenmd forthwith..
ABERAYRON. SUCCESS.—Mr Thos. Owen Davies, Rock-terrace, has passed the Board of Trade Examination -qualifying him for the duties of chief officer in the Merchant Service. A RUMOUR.—A rumour has been current at this place that Mr John Kensit, the famous anti- ritualist, will be extended an invitation to pay a visit to Aberayron. ACCIDENT.—Mr Ben E. Howell, engineer, of the s,s. Norseman met with a very serious accident last Thursday at Fishguard. He fell from the ship's side a height of 17 feet, and received a terrible gash on his head. The wound was seven inches long, and reached to the skull bone. He is at present at Fishguard and is progressing favour- ably. WEDDING,-On Thursday the 11th inst, at St j Peter's Church, Carmarthen, Mr E. Cooper Davies, the eldest son of Mr John Davies, London House, Aberayron, was married to Miss Jessy Jones, of that town. Mr Cooper Davies is senior clerk at the National Provincial Bank. Carmarthen. SIGNS OF THE TIMES.—Women who have been friends from youth to-day pass one another in the streets without exchanging as much as a nod of recognition. One need not consult a dictionary to find out the root words of sectarianism. Sharpened with pride, how it cuts up all bonds of citizenship, friendship, nay, and of religion itself. It is lamentable. THE NEW MAYOR.—The Rev Evan Morris was, as we had confidently hoped, on Thursday elected chairman of th Urban Council. He will thus act as J.P. for the year. His election was assured in spite of the working of a certain clique, which is .always to the fore in matters of this kind in Aber- ayron. One of this clique had even gone so far as to suggest that the Council should elect a chairman from outside. Who more fit or suitable than himself, don't you see! But he was baulked, com- pletely. 4 SUCCESSES.—At the London College 'of Music examination last week the following pupils of Mrs T. Z. Jones were examined at the Abesyst- wyth centre by Dr Mansfield, and were snccessful in attaining high and creditable positions :—Inter- mediate Practical Honours, Miss M. J. Jones, 17, Market-street, 85 marks out of a possible 100 Miss Bertha Jones, 16, Alban-square, 82 marks; Miss Elizabeth Davies, Gwalia House, 81; Miss Alice Jones, 80. Primary Division (Practical) Miss Martha Reid Davies, Gwalia House, 86 (maximum 100); Miss Hannah Moore Jones, 5, Bridge-street, 80. Both teacher and taught are to be congratulated on such good results. CANDLES IN CHURCH.—At a meeting of the Vestry on Friday, inter alia, a bill for candles in the chancel was presented. Mr James Davies asked what were the candles good for. Were they to give light only, or were they to serve some other purpose? If they were meant for lighting, why not get a nice powerful lamp ? The Vicar, in reply, said the candles were used for lighting and were -ornamental as well. Mr Munro Hughes also remarked that they all wanted their own houses decorated in the best style possible, and why not do likewise with the House of God. Who would spoil a whole ship for a half-penny worth of tar ? Mr John Davies, Ynys House, said he could not look at the matter from the same standpoint. In his opinion, the candles besides being ornamental helped them to steer in a direct course for Rome. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The monthly meeting of the Urban District Council was held on Thursday evening, the 18th inst. PresentCouncillors J. T. Evans (presiding), E. Morris, James Davies, Evan Lewis, David Davies, J. R. Evans, E Lloyd, Timothy Evans, Morgan Davies, E. Hughes Davies, Walton Davies and William Williams, Messrs B. C. Jones, clerk, John Watkins, surveyor. The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. CORRESPONDENCE. The Clerk read the following letter which he had received from the Local Government Board acknowledging the receipt of the medical officer of health's annual report:—" I am desired by the Local Government Board to state that they have had under their consideration the annual report for 1900 of the medical officer of health to the Aber- ayron Urban District Council, a copy of which has been forwarded to the Board pursuant to their general order. Adverting to the medical officer of health's report for 1897 in which he stated that four schemes for the water supply of the district were under the consideration of the District Council and also to correspondence on the subject in 1899 1: am to enquire how the question now stands. I am at the same time to enquire what steps the District Council propose taking with regard to the drainage of the town of Aberayron." The Clerk: I don't know whether you will proceed to appoint your new chairman before discussing this letter. Mr Hughes Davies proposed that they appoint their chairman first and this was agreed to. APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN. The Clerk having taken the chair pro. tem., proceeded with the appointment of chairman. Mr Evan Lewis proposed that the Rev Evan Morris be appointed chairman for the ensuing year. Mr J. T. Evans in seconding stated that Mr Morris was one of t.he oldest members of the Council, and that he fully deserved the honour of being elected to fill the chair. No other name being submitted, the Rev Evan Morris was unanimously appointed. In acknowledging his election Mr Morris thanked his fellow councillors for the honour they had con- ferred upon him. He felt sure they all would sup- port him while he presided over their deliberations and was confident they would work together har- moniously. APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIRMAN. Mr Wilham Williams proposed that Mr Evan Lewis be appointed vice-chairman, and Mr James Davies seconded. Mr Walton Davies proposed Mr J. R. Evans, but his proposition finding no seconder fell through. Mr J R. Evans proposed Mr David Davies, and Mr Evan Lloyd seconded. In the voting, six voted for Mr Evan Lewis and five for Mr David Da.vies, the former therefore being declared elected. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. The following committees were then appointed :— Public Works, Messrs J. R. Evans, Evan Lewis, Evan Lloyd, James Davies, William Williams, and Walton Davies. Lights Committee: Messrs J. R. Evans, Hughes Davies, David Davies, Timothy Evans, and J. T. Evans. Hearse Committee: Rev Evan Morris, Messrs William Williams, Evan Lewis, Walton Davies, and Evan Lloyd. THE PROPOSED RAILWAY. Mr J. T. Evans stated that Mr Munro Hughes N.P. Bank, the chairman of the committee ap- pointed to collect the sum required to make up the P,125 necessary for applying for an, extension of time towards the projected railway, had that morning called upon him and had informed him that the Aberayron Rural District Council had at their meeting held the previous day voted the sum of £20 towards this object, on condition that the Urban Council would contribute a like sum. Mr Evans, speaking in support of the matter, moved that the Council contribute the £20. Mr Timothy Evans: I propose that we as a council contribute personally, before going upon the rates, and let the ratepayers merely make up the deficiency. I am willing to contribute £1. (Hear, bear.) Mr Hughes Davies: Can any member tell me the amount collected at the Town Hall the other day? The Clerk: 1 believe it is about P.70, and from that must be deducted Dr Lewis's £ 10 and Mr J. C. Jones's contribution, which cah be reckoned as Aberayron. Mr Hughes Davies I do not see that it is tair that Aberayron alone should contribute the whole of the R.125 required, leaving the district between 1111 ana Aberystwyth scot-free. The Clerk ButjSlO comes from Llanon. llr J. R. Evans: What is our legal position in this matter ? Can we vote this sum without being surcharged by the auditor ? The Clerk: Yes, I believe you can. You can even build a railway yourselves. The County Council also has power to assist you. Mr James Davies: What wiH this R.20 come to jn the £ < The Clerk Something like Zi(i. By voting this "UlD the town of Aberayron will be much benefitted should this railway come. The railway station and the line within the council's area can be assessed and the rateable value of property will increase. There is urgency in the matter, as the Parlia- mentary notices must be issued before the end of April. Rev Evan Morris: Will the £20 the Guardians voted come also on our rates ? The Clerk: It is not the Guardians that voted the sum, but the Rural District Council, which has nothing to do with Aberayron. Mr Timothy Evans I still adhere to my pro- position that we first contribute personally. Hev Evan Morris: But we have subscribed already. I have paid Mr Hughes my P.2 to-day. Mr William Williams: I have promised a sub- scripts n ilso, and will pay it when the O)Ilector call. Mr Timothy Evans But we could subscribe, say 5s each again. Mr William Williams (in a loud voice): Has anybody any objection to giving 5s, and have done with it, Mr Walton Davies No; I don't believe there i. 1 Mr J. R. Evans: I suppose we can have the value of this money in shares should the railway come ? The Clerk Yes, certainly. Mr Hughes Davies (looking with a roguish eye at Mr Evan lewis); Will it be as good as the Norseman (laughter) ? iti- J. T. Evans: Nobody has seconded my pro- position, that this sum be voted. —- -A Mr J. R. Evans Well, I second it. It was then unanimously resolved to vote the sum asked. MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH. The Council proceeded to discuss the letter above referred to from the Local Government Board, respecting the annual report of the Medical Officer of Health, and also to discuss the questions regarding the water supply and the drainage referred to therein. Mr J. R. Evans asked whether this report had been submitted for the Council's consideration prior to being sent up to the Local Government Board. The Clerk: No; the first I saw of it was in a local paper. Mr J. R. Evans Was it submitted to our chair- man ? Mr J. r. Evans: No, I only read it the other evening; but I had seen it in the papers pre- viously. Mr J. R. Evans (to the clerk): Did you, Mr Jones, send it to the Local Government Board ? The Clerk: I did not. Mr J. R. Evans That makes matters still worse, We are simply ignored by this man, who con- tinually works behind our backs. Rev Evan Morris We must not allow this. Mr James Davies: Can't we write to the Local Government Board and expose his tricks ? Mr J. R. Evans: I am afraid we cannot. It is the Council's duty to pass a resolution on the matter. Rev Evan Morris (emphatically) We must show a bold face, and not allow things to go on like this.' Mr J. R. Evans: There are many points in his report which the Council would like to discuss before submitting it to the Local Government Board, respecting the drainage and the water schemes. Now we will be continually pressed by the Board to carry out schemes which are practically beyond our power. Mr J. T. Evans We have had water for one part of the town anyhow, viz., the new pump by Cae Factory Gardens. A sample of the water from which was forwarded by the old Council for analysis, and was certified to be excellent drinking water. Rev Evan Morris: We can reply that we have had water for a part of the town, and that the drainage question is under our consideration. Mr J. R. Evans: Is the medical officer's monthly report book on the table to-night ? The Clerk: No. Mr J. R. Evans Here we are again. We do not know rhe condition of the town for the last month. A resolution has been previously passed that his report book was to be on the table at every meeting. This man absolutely disregards everything. I pro- pose that the clerk be directed to write to him for an explanation of matters. Mr James Davies I second that. Mr J. T. Evans But what reply shall we send to the Local Government Board. Mr Evan Morris What 1 have previously said- that we have had pure water for a part of the town and that the question jof drainage is under our consideration. Mr Wm. Williams seconded, and it was ulti- mately resolved that this reply be sent to the Local Government Board. THE COUNCIL'S MAP MrJ. T. Evans stated that he bad been deputed by the old Council to try and find out who had taken the map of their district which hung on the wall in their room. He went up to Mr Thomas Davies, Compton House, and said, Where is our map with you ? Mr Davies said, What map ? He replied, The map you took away from the council-room." Mr. Davies said, Oh, it is safe enough." Mr Evans said that he did not take it away, as he was no servant of Mr Thomas Davies or of anybody else, but he reported that he had found where the map was. Mr J. R. Evans said that the Chairman Mr Morris should go for it. Rev E. Morris I ask to be excused. I went for something before, and was not received in too polite a way. Send the surveyor. Mr Hughes Davies: Yes, it is the surveyor's duty to go for it. The Surveyor: What if I won't get it ? Rev E. Morris Fetch the Sergeant (laughter). The Surveyor: Oh. The Clerk: He can be summoned for it if the Council wish. The surveyor was then directed to fetch the map which was ordered to be placed in the tin case, and in future to be kept in the custody of the Clerk. THE STONES IN PENIEL LANE. Mr Walton Davies called attention to the heap of stones which lay in Peniel Lane, and asked when would they be removed. Mr Hughes Davies It is the duty of the Mon- achty Estate to remove them. They have been there these last two years and it is high time they should be removed. I propose that a notice be given to Mr-Thomas Davies the Estate agent to remove them within six days, othet wise the Council to take proceedings. Mr J. T. Evans Wait a bit. You are young in harness yet. C mpton" will not be shifted as easily as that. Mr Hughes Davies The machinery I bad oppo- site my house were ornaments compared with those stones, but the Surveyor directed me to remove them immediately, and I am here to see that every- body is treated alike. MrJ. T. Evans: But no complaints have come from any of the neighbours and they are not so much of an obstruction. Mr Hughes Davies to the Surveyor Have you asked Mr Davies to remove them at all. The Surveyor Yes, twice. I saw him to-day, and he said he was going to remove them in two or three days. 1 don't think the Council ought to be hard on Mr Davies as he does me many a good turn and saves the Council many a shilling. Mr Hughes Davies Oh, if he is on the point of removing them, that will do. LIGHTING. Mr Hughes Davies asked why the town lamps were not lit during these late dark nights, and would it not be better for the Council to use up the benzoline they have in stock, instead of leaving it to evaporate at the shed. Mr Evan. Lewis: It does not evaporate; we have bought an air-tight tank for the purpose of keeping it. It is the lamplighter's fault if the benzoline is not put in it. Mr J. R. Evans: As the late Chairman of the Lights Committee perhaps I can give you a little explanation. It is not so dark until nearly nine o'clock now, and we thought it would not be worth while to light them for an hour or so. I may add that we have not been over fortunate in our lamplighter. We look upon paying "he lamp- lighter and lighting the lamps for only an hour, as only waste. PUBLIC LIBRARY, The Clerk reported that he had bought the books required for the librarian, which were three in number, and amounted to P.3 7s. The books, which the defunct Library Committee had handed over to the present Committee, would be removed as soon as the masters of the Intermediate School would return from their holidays. The amount was ordered to he paid. Mr William Williams Is there any intention of amalgamating this Library with the present reading rooms? The Clerk: Oh, no, how can we keep it? The Library rate will only fetch about E10 yearly. Mr William Williams I thought so, too, but several members of the late Council told me so. As honorary secretary of the Reading Room, I may say that we have lost several members through that report being circulated. I should like, through the medium of the press, to get that impression rectified. ELECTION EXPENSES. The Clerk reported that the election expenses (which were on the County Council scale) amounted to £3 13s 8d but as the Guardians' elec- tion happened to be on the same day. the Urban Council bad only to pay one half viz. Ll 16s lOd. A bill for £4 12s 2d for forms from a London firm for election .-purposes was also presented. Both amounts were ordered to be paid. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The first meeting of the new Board took place on Wednesday, April 17th inst, when there were present, Mr J. M. Howell, Henfynyw, voted to the chair pro tem.: Mrs Mary Griffiths and Mrs Bennet Jones, Aberayron; Messrs J. M. Jones, Cilcennin; James Williams, Dibewyd; John Davies, Llanbadarn, Trefeglwys Griffith Griffiths and A. Lloyd Rees, Llanarth; Thomas Jonathan, Cilie; J. W. Davies, Cydplwyf; E. Ceregian Evans, and Jenkin Davies, Llansilio; Samuel Evans, Llanllwchaiarn; William Thomas, and J. G. Rees, New Quay; Thomas Davies, Llan- ddewi Aberarth David Jones, Ystrad D. M. Rowlands, and Stephen Davies, Llansantffraid; together with W. Evans and A. L. Thomas, relieving officers; Griffith Evans, master; and B. C. J cines clerk. Eight of the new board are new members, all the new members being present with the exception of Mr John Jones, Cwmere and Mr James C. Jones. Llanarth, the latter of whom wrote regretting his inability to be present. QUARTERLY LIST?. The quarterly lists of pauper lunatics and foster children drawn up by the two medical officers, and wee laid before the Board. ASYLUM. A bill for the quarter's maintenance of the 15 lunatics from the Union district now at Carmarthen Asylum was submitted and ordered to be paid. RELIEF LISTS. The relief lists submitted by the relieving officers were discussed bv the Board. It was decided to remove Hannah Jones, Newfoundland, to the house, of Ann Thomas, 8, Greenland-terrace. ANNE REES. The relieving officer was instructed to enquire what had been done with the effects of this person formerly of Bancbach, Cilcennin, and now an in- mate of the House. ELECTION OF CHAIRMEN. The Clerk, having taken the chair pro. tem., the Board proceeded to elect the chairman for the coming year. Mr J. M. Howell proposed, and Mr James Williams seconded, that Mr David Jones, Ystrad, be chairman of the Rural District Council —carried unanimously.—Mr T. Davies proposed and Mr John Davies seconded that Mr E. Carregian Evans be vice-chairman of the Council and this also was carried unanimonsly.—Mr D. M. Rowlands proposed, and Mr A. Lloyd Rees seconded that Mr J. M. Jones be elected vice-chairman of the Board. These motions were unanimously carried. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. Mr J. C. Jones wrote refusing to accept a place on this committee as a protest against the bad attend- ance of certain of the members during the last year. The committee was elected as follows Messrs William Thomas, D. M. Rowlands, Jenkin Davies, John Jones, Griffith Griffiths, J. M. Howell, Thomas Jonathan, John Davies James Williams, J. M. Jones, J. W. Davies. Mr D. M. Rowlands and Mr Jenkin Davies were elected chairman and vice-chairman respectively. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE. This committee was elected as follows :—Mr J. C. Jones (chairman), Mr Thomas Davies (vice- chairman), Mrs Bennet Jones, Mrs Mary Griffiths, Messrs T. Jonathan and J. M. Howell. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. A meeting of this Council was held the same day, Mr D. Jones presiding. I THE COMING ABERAYRON RAILWAY. Mr J. M. Howell moved that the sum of ZZO be voted by the Council to help to make up the Z125 required from the district for extending the time for the completion and extension of the above railway. He would add as a condition that the Aberayron Urban District Council vote an equal sum.—Mr T. Davies seconded, and said that the railway would benefit the whole district, directly or indirectly.—Mr Stephen Davies, one of the new guardians, wished to place the matter before the ratepayers before proceeding with it.—Mr E. Canegian Evans opposed the motion as he thought it would only concern Aberayron and the immediate neighbourhood.—Mr Jenkin Davies, Mr J. W. Davies and Mr D. M. Rowlands also spoke on the motion and were in favour of deferring the matter —but the Clerk stated that the parliamentary notices were to be issued before the end of April -Mr J. M. Howell speaking for the motion and in reply to the opposers thereof stated that the rate- able value of the district would be considerably more were there a railway within its limits. Event- ually after some further discussion the motion was unanimously carried. THE PROPOSED RAILWAY* LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS. The Railway is still the absorbing topic of the hour. All the promised subscriptions have been paid up. Mr Munro Hughes and Mr D. Pennant James, chairman and secretary respectively, of the committee appointed to collect the subscriptions, were assiduously employed in the performance of this duty The following are the subscriptions paid up to date:—Capt J. Williams, Bridgend House, £ 2; Rev T. Evans, Manor Hall, E2; Dr Davies, £ 2 2s; Rev E. Morris, Z2; Capt John Evans, Milford House, £2 10s; Mr John Davies, London House, R,2 2s; Mr T. Davies, Compton House, £ 2; Mr T. Pugh, 92; Capt Joseph Rees, kl Is; Mr D. Evans, iEl; Capt Daniel Jones, 10s: Mr Wm Morris Jones, 22; Mr J R. Evans, £ 2; Mr J. Evans, watchmaker, Ll Is; Mr J. M. Howell, ZZ 10s; Mr Munro Hughes, 95; Mr Walton Davies, E2; Mr D. Pennant James, Z3; Mr E. Lima Jones, iC2; Mr J. Hugh Jones, E2; Mr J. Davies, Feathers, 92 10s; Mr F. Evans, Z2; Mr J. T. Evans, E2; Rev J. M. Griffiths, El Is; Aberayron Urban D. Council, £ 20; Aberayron Rural District Council, £20; Mr T. Jenkins, Bronfre, 92; Mr W. Jackson, El Is; Capt Griffith Jnnes, ZI Is; Mr J. C. Jones, £ 2; Mr Wm. Williams, 92; Mr D. R. Davies, E2; Canon Evans, £ 2; Mr Evan Jones, Frondolau, E2; Rev J. Davies, Baptist minister, iCl Capt Daniel Morgan, E2; Mr E Hughes-Davies, iEl Is; Mr E. Morgan, the Green. Llanon, jS5 3s; Mr John Thomas, chemist, Llanon, igl Is; Mrs Jones, Cadivor, El h; Captain Thos. Jones, Albion House, Zl Is; Capt John Jenkins, Ceylon House, £1 Is; Mr T. R. Davies, Board School, 10s; Mr Lewis Davies, 10s 6d; Capt Evan Davies, Rose Hill, 10s 6d; Capt Wm. Davies, Clarovine House, 10s; Mr Jno. Evans, Castle Inn, 10s; Mrs Evans, Ceylon House, 10s; Mrs Jones, Roseland, 10s; Mr David Jones, Carpen- taria, 10s; Mr Wm. Jones, Birmingham House, 10s; Capt James James, Ontario, 10s; Mrs Jenkins, En- kreteia House, Llanon, 5s; Dr Lewis, Llanon, R,3 3s Rev D. Lewis, do.,10s; Mr D. Morris, do., 10s Mr J. Clarke, White Hall Inn, do., 10s; Capt W. Jones. Clyde Vale, do., 10s Od Mr D. Llovd Morris, Sunny Hill, do., 10s 6d; Rev W. Richards, Claremont, do., 10s Mr E. M. Jones, Sun Inn, do., 10s; Mr James L. R. R. Rowlands, l'arknamlwg, do., 10s; Mr E. Morgan, The Green (additional) 3s 6d Mr Wm. Edwards, Aberayron, 10s; total up to end of the 22nd inst., £ 127. The £ 125 required has been sent to the chairman of the Vale of Rhei- dol Railway Co., London.
LAMPETER. EARLY COMERS.—Swallows made their appear- ance on Thursday, while the cuckoo was heard the f ollowing day. SUCCESS.—At the Llandovery Entire Horse Show held last Wednesday Stratford Denmark," the property of Mr J. C. Harford, Falcondale, obtained a first prize for the best roadster under 15.2 bands high. PERSONAL.—It is stated that the Rev T. M. Evans, M.A., late headmaster of the S.D.C. School, intends entering the legal profession. OBITUARY. We much regret to record the death at her home, Hafodwen, near Carmarthen, of Mrs Footman, mother of the Rev W. L. Footman, M.A., headmaster of St David's College School. The sad event took place last Saturday. Mr Footman will receive the true sympathy of his many friends in his hour of affliction. VISITORS —Several visitors have been staying here lately, amongst them being Mrs Titus Evans, of Carmarthen who is a native of Lampeter, the only surviving child of the late Rev John Jeremv, and widow of the Rev Titus Evans. Mrs Evans was acccompanied by her eldest daughter, Mrs Moore. Notwithstanding her advanced age, her many friends were delighted to see that Mrs Evans is in the enjoyment of good health, and still able to go about and revisit old haunts and associations. CYCLING.—Now that cycles have escaped tax- ation, these popular machines will be more patron- ized than ever. All votaries of the wheel would do well to encourage local industry by supporting the Idris Establishment where they can have all their wants supplied. APPOINTMENT.—At the last meeting of the Board of Guardians, a report of which will be found elsewhere, Mr David Davies, J.P., Velindre, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board for the ensuing year. Mr Davies has now filled this important position for several years. The Rev R. C. Jones, Bridge-street, has also been re-elected vice-chairman for the fifth time. This speaks highly of these two gentlemen, who carry out their duties to the entire satisfaction to all. OBITUARY.—The death took place, after a long illness, on Wednesday morning week, of John Jones, Cwmmanne Tavern, at the age of 66 years. The deceased had resided in the neighbourhood for many years, and was highly respected. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Monday, the interment being made at Aberduar Chapel. The Rev R. C. Jones officiated. -Also on Monday last the death took place at Bridge-street, of Eleanor, the infant daughter of Mr T. Jonah Evans. Much sympathy is felt with the parents in their sad bereavement. Evans. Much sympathy is felt with the parents in their sad bereavement. THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.—"Dulas" writes: —Sir,—Your local correspondent hit the mark when he suggested in your last week's issue that it i aoout tim the Chamber of Commerce here should in some way or other justify its existence by taking up matters affecting the town generally. If the Society is allowed to die a post-mortem will hardly be necessary as the desease from which it suffers is evident to all-namely" Cliquism." If the Society is to be run simply to advertise a few in- dividuals, then the sooner the better it is allowed to die. The notice asking me to attend the first meeting did not reach me until after the time at which the meeting was supposed to commence. Others to my knowledge were treated similarly- in fact some professional men in the town did; not get their notices until the day after the meeting: was held. At this meeting the officers were elected. CYCLING CLUB.—The annual meeting of the Lampeter Cycling Club was held at Eurfaen Hall I on Thursday evening last under the.presidency of Mr David Davies, Caxton Hall. The officers ap- pointed for the ensuing year were as follows :— President, His Worship the Mayor; vice-presidents, Dr E. C. Davies, Mayfield; Messrs S. Dfcvies Jones, J. T. Megicks, D. F. Lloyd, and John Davies, Glendale; committee, Messrs A. E. Ed wards, Divid Davies, and Johnny Evans (" Llkii'D;: captain, D. J. Jones, Cycle Works; sub-captains,. Messrs J Lovell and J. M. Anthony;, treasurer,. Mr K W>. Richards; secretary, D. J. Bowen;: bugler, Albert Jones. There are prospects ofi having.good;runs to various places of note, and also of hawing a sua- cessful season A suggestion, was-also made that the season should be opened with a carnival like the one held last year. After some discussion it was resolved to hold a carnival under the auspices of the Cycling Club on May 1st, and to award prizes for the best decorations, performances, &c., Mr E. W. Richards suggested that no public appeal should be made towards purchasing prizes as the public were now called upon to subscribe towards associations very often, and he knew three trades- men who would give prizes. It was afterwards resolved that the whole matter be referred to a joint committee consisting of Messrs D. J. Jones, D. J. Bowen, E. W. Richards, and Messrs D. H. Evans, E. J. Evans, D. Jones, and Evan Inglis Davies. The chairman censured certain members of the club for not purchasing caps which were ordered by a local tradesman at the request of the club. Several of the members afterwards agreed to purchase the caps. co FIRE BRIGADE.—The first practice in connection with the Fire Brigade was held at the Market Hall, on Thursday evening last. The practice was to have commenced at half-past six, but after waiting for fully twenty minutes, only nine out of the twelve "faithfuls" turned up. Captain R. W. Jones illustrated the mode of using the appliances in cases of emergency. A series of drills were then explained, all of which were gone through successfully. Hoses being the only appliances now in hand, the men were again shown the way of fixing them together and replacing them. It is hoped the members will cultivate punctuality, which is the chief thing in connection with a fire brigade. That their services may be successfully rendered promptitude must become a second nature. TEA PARTY AND ENTERTAINMENT.—The annual tea party in connection with the Noddfa Baptist Chapel was held on Wednesday afternoon last. The weather was delightful and thus afforded an opportunity to a large number of the members to attend. This year the tea was subscribed for by all the members, and a good sum having been obtained, it was, therefore, decided to have an excellent spread. The tables, which were beauti- fully decorated by Mr George Evans, were loaded with cakes, tarts, jams, &c. The following ladies presided over the tables:—Mrs Evans, reify-castle; Mrs Lloyd, Rose-cottage; Miss Woosnam, Railway- cottage Miss M. A. Davies, Temperance Hotel: Miss Hannah Davies, Drovers'-road; Misses Rogers, Daisy Evans, and F. Owen, S.D.C. All having done justice to the good things provided, out-door games were indulged in for some considerable time. Late in the evening a miscellaneous entertainment was held under the presidency of the pastor, the Rev D. Jones. There was a large attendance, the chapel being filled to its utmost capacity. The meeting was commenced by the singing. of a hymn by the gathering, after which a long pro- gramme consisting of songs, recitations, and dialogues was gone through in a creditable manner. Among those who took part in the meet- ing was the Aberduar Choir and Male Voice Party, conducted by Mr Joshua Evans. Their rendering on each occasion being a treat. One pleasing feature in the Choir was that it gave new songs, and did not, like too many other local choirs, tire the meeting with the old songs, which are repeated at all concerts. The Noddfa Choir though small in number, also sang well. At the close of the meeting the Rev D. Jones presented the conductor, Mr Ben Lewis, oil behalf of the church with a hymn book and a metronome. A vote of thanks having been accorded the ladies for presiding at the tables and the chairman for presiding, the meeting ended. WESLEY GUILD.—The Winter Session of the Wesley Guild, which was inaugurated during the earlier part of the winter months was brought to a close on Wednesday evening last. During the session some very interesting papers on the lives of famous Esen in connection with the Wesleyan denomination, dialogues, debates, &c., have been given by its members. This being the last meeting a Soiree was held. The tables, which were beauti- fully decorated, were presided over by Mrs Emrys Jones, Mrs Davies-Jones, Mrs Emrys Morris, Mrs Evans, Mrs Jenkins, Misses Harriett Davies, Anne Jenkins, Anne Thomas, M. A. Jones, M. J. Jenkins, Miss Morris, Machynlleth, whilst valuable assist- ance; was rendered by the male members. Later in the evening an entertainment was held under the presidency of the pastor the Rev. Emrys Jones. The following programme was gone through:- Solo by Mr Emrys Morris recitations, Ethel May Jones, Blodwen Jenkins, T. Davies Jones, Arthur Jones and Freddie Jones; reading by Mr Rees Davies; duett, Misses Gwladys Jenkins and Emily Jones; cornet solos by Mr E. Davies-Jones melodium solo by Mr Evan Thomas; dialogue by Gwladys Jenkins, Emily Jones and Linda M. Jones; solo by Miss A. Thomas; ilnd a young ladies choir. The usual votes of thanks having been given to the ladies who had presided over the tables, the caterers, and the chairman for presiding, the meeting was terminated with the singing of a hymn. ASSEMBLY Room.-A meeting, convened by the Mayor, for the purpose of arriving at the best mode of obtaining money towards the erection of an Assembly Room for the town, was held at the Town Hall on Monday evening last. The Mayor (Pro- fessor Walker) presided, and there were also present Messrs D. T. Jones, John Jones, Joseph Davies, and Arthur Price, on behalf of the Town Council; Rev Daniel Jones and Mr David Jones, Old Bank, representing the Parish Church the Rev D. Jones (Baptist), Messrs E. D. Rees, and John Morris (Congregationalists), and Mr J. T. Megieks (Calvinistic Methodist), and Mr Ben Jenkins (Wesleyan).-Tbe Mayor said that he bad received a letter from the Rev Emrys Jones, Wes- leyan minister, apologising for not being able to attend, and also stating that he was in sympathy with the movement which was much needed, and that he would do his best to support the matter — The Mayor also stated that on his way to the meet- ing he had met Mr J. W. Evans, Medical Hall, who also expressed his regret at not being able to attend, and he was also in favour of the movement. —Mr John Jones said that he had seen two mem- bers who seemed to be in favour of the movement. —The Mayor said that as it was a religious move- ment he should hope to have the support of all the denominations. He designed that this pro- ject should be a large hall, large enough to accommodate 600 people, and a room of that size would on special occasions hold 800 or 900 persons It was not intended to supersede the Town Hall to hold judicial meetings, &c., it was only intended for public lectures, concerts, and theatrical enter- tainments, and it would be more commodious and suitable than the Town Hall. It was intended to afford a common meeting-place for all the different shades of creeds and for all political parties; barring, however, all who would conduct themselves improperly. The various denominations had no convenient places to hold their meetings except in their chapels, and a room of this kind would: be more adapted to hold meetings of a social nature. There are other purposes for which it might be made available, decency and order would have to be observed. Besides, they hoped they would find means to fit up one of the rooms with a capital gymnasium and other aids for physical training. The Volunteer corps, if organised, would find the room a good one to hold practices in the winter. He earnestiy hoped that, if good subscriptions would come in, a club room for the young men would be formed on the lines suggested by the Rev Emrys Jones, namely, to consist of a free library, a reading room and, if possible, to be provided with a light refreshment room. They would not hardly dream of having intoxicants sold there, or at any rate, he would strongly oppose it. There was at present a great deal ot loafing about the town, but he could only say, as far as he knew, that the young men were well behaved, and to see a young man or girl loafing was not a good thing. He earnestly hoped that the members of all the denominations in the town would give their sym- pathy and would contribute liberally towards it. —Rev Daniel Jones, M.A. (vicar), said that he was glad to hear the Mayor emphasising the value of the library. Supposing they could not find the means of having a big room, a library, and a read- ing room, he would suggest that the big room be partitioned for a library and a reading room; for he laid great stress upon these two things.—The Mayor said that he did also.-Continuing, Mr Jones said that he was very much afraid that their young men of the town were drifting into an undesirable way, and they wanted something badly in this way. He was very much annoyed to see in a local paper last week that a man, whoever he was, with little anger but less heart., strongly objected to the Assembly Room, and talked foolishly about the trade of the town being removed to Bryn road. He hoped that they would work all together. Places smaller than Lampeter have these institutions, and this was a great blot upon them as an assize town (bear, hear).—Mr D. T. Jones said he quite agreed with what the Vicar bad just said, that was to lay much stress upon having a reading room and library-if it were only a place where they could take a book to read.—The Vicar said that he should like to hear the voice of the ratepayers with regard to adopting the Free Libraries Act.—The Mayor replied that he intended to do so as soon as they would have things more eTen.-Mr J: T. Megicks said that he had spoken to a large number of the members of his denomination and they were all in favour of it (hear, hear).—The Vicar asked whether they could hold a bazaar in October next., if not too early, under the patronage of the Mayor.—The Mayor replied that they would see about that after they bad settled other matters; that was just a little premature. The condition was that they collect jSSOO within twelve months of the first day of this month.—The Vicar said that if he knew he was in order he would suggest that they hire a house for the use of a library and read- ing room during next winter.. He should. like to give ZS. towards it; for the Assembly Room would not be commenced with this year.—The Mayor said that it would not be started until they had been satisfied that they could obtain the £500. —The Vicar suggested that they had better open a subscription, list. there that night.—Mr Arthur Price said that they were all in favour of it.-On being asked if there were any objections as regard a better site Mr John Jones said that thev could not get a better site.—The Rev D. Jones (B.) said that he was quite in sympathy with the movement. A building of this kind iwonld be a boon to any town.—Mr John Morris said that he also was in sympathy with the Vicar's suggestion which was most important. They should see that a librarv and reading room should be got once and for all. —properly and conveniently—and not a shift of a thing.—The Mayor said in reply to a query that the required majority in order to adopt the Free Libraries Act could easily begot if all the ministers of the denominations would only bring the matter forward.—Mr D. Jones Old Bank, asked the Mayor whether he could give the estimated cost of a plain room with removal furniture, and also of a building with small rooms fitted up with furDiture.-Tc" Mayor replied that he had a short time ago an estimate from Mr Bankes Price, who then said that a room capable of holding from 350 to 380 would cost something like £600; whilst one with additional rooms capable of holding more would cost P.1400.-All present having voted in favour of having an Assembly Room, the Mayor said that he was personally pleased to find that they were so unanimous in favour of the movement.—The meeting then ended. SCHOOL BOARD. THE PROPOSED [SECONDARY SCHOOL. An adjourned meeting was held on Thurs- day last. Present: Rev Evan Evans, vice- chairman (in the chair); Rev R. C. Jones. and Messrs J. Jones, J. E. Lloyd, and Thos Lloyd (clerk).—The question of filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Miss M. J. Evans, assistant in tbe infants' school, being considered, the clerk was directed to enquire from the Board of Educa- tion whether the transfer of the two junior candi- dates in the girls' school to the infants' school would satisfy the Board.—The Clerk reported that the architect had promised that the plans .and specifications for the new boys' school would be ready in a few days, and it was arranged that the clerk should convene a meeting of the Board to peruse the same before they were sent off to the Boaid of Education.—Permission was granted to the Lampeter Town Brass Band to have tha use of the girls' schoolroom for band practices on two nights a week, subject to their (giving the undertakirtg as provided by the Board's code of regulations.—It was decided to consider at the next meeting the possibility of securing that all Sunday School treats should take place during the summer holidays of the schoolsr-The Clerk re- ported that he had three weeks previously written to the Board of Education, enquiring whether the local bodies had made any communications with re- ference to the statement as to tbe proposed second- dary school for girls, and how soon the result of Mr Lefroy's inquiry as to secondary education at Lam- peter would be made known, and that he had re- ceived a reply dated 3rd April, that it had been considered desirable that a reasonable time should be allowed for meetings of and possible conferences between the local bodies concerned, and, that in view of the wide area from which county governing bodies weie drawn, and the ordinary engagements of their members, as well as of district school managers reminders should not be sent before the middle of this month, and that, if no communi- cations were received meanwhile, further action would be taken by the Board almost immediately. after Easter.—The Clerk added that he was glad to say that the movement was being taken up very heartily by the townspeople who were most heartily responding with powers of subscriptions to the funds or to any deficiency in the same.—It was resolved to consider the question of revising the Bye Laws at the next meeting. — The Clerk sa:d he had obtained from the Board of Education the last model farm with the necessary instructions as to same.-The Clerk was desired to inform the head teacheis that, so far as practicable, it was desirable that the operations of tbe local committee of the Children's Happy Evenings Association should, during the summer months, be made to fit in with the resolution passed by the board last May in favour of taking the children for school walks and expeditions as recommended by the Board of Education. BOARD OF GUARDIANS.—FRIDAY. Present: Rev R. ç. Jones, Lampeter; Messrs W' Inglis Jones, Bettws Bledrws D. Davies, Cellan D. Price, Lampeter Rural; B. J. Evans, Llanfair; Wm. Jones, Llangybi Thos. Williams, Llanwenog T. H. R. Hughes, Llanwnen; Rev T. C. Edmunds, Trofilan; Messrs John Davies and David Jones, Llanybyther; Lewis Davies, Llancrwys; Evan Davies and David Jones, Rhosycorn John Jones and D. H. James, Llanllwni; D. Evans and David Davies, Pencarreg; with Messrs David Lloyd (clerk), J. E. Lloyd (clerk-elect), Mr E. D. Rees (assistant clerk), James Evans (master), D. Parry and D. Evans (relieving officers). STATISTICS. Outdoor relief administered during the past fort- night, per Mr David Parry, for the Lampeter dis- trict was £33 18s 6d to 118 paupers, Per Mr David Evans for the Llanbyther district was £36 18s to 128 paupers. Number in the house, 19; correspon- ding period last year, 21; number of vagrants re- lieved during the past fortnight, 57; corresponding period of last year, 33-an increase of 24. CALLS. The calls for the undermentioned parishes were signed, and were as follows:—Bettws Bledrws, £ 204; Cellan, £ 457; Lampeter Urban, £ 159; do. Rural, £ 437; Llanfair-Cl vdogau, P-512; Llangybi, £ 314; Llanwenog, £ 1,467; Llanwnen, £ 269; Silian, £ 268; Trefilan, £ 238; Llanybyther, £ 1,174; Llanycrwys, £ 364; Llanfihangel-Rhosvcorn, £ 532; Llanllwni, £ 783; and Pencarreg, £ 1,096. ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE. All the members signed the declaration of ac- ceptance of office, and Mr Lewis Davies was ap- pointed chairman pro tem. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN. The chairman said that the first business was that of appointing a chairman for the ensuing year. He was glad to see such a number of members pre- sent, especially such a number of old members. He preferred generally the services of old servants. The Rev R. C. Jones proposed, and Mr D. H. James seconded, that Mr David Davies,Velindre, be re-appointed chairman for the ensuing year. Mr Davies then thanked the members for the honour they bad conferred upon him, and he hoped that they would work together in the future as in the past. He bad every confidence that they would co-operate during the ensuing year. Mr Lewis Davies proposed and Mr D. Davies, Cellan, seconded that the Rev. R. C. Jones, be re- appointed vice-chairman for the ensuing year. This was also carried without a dissentient. Mr Jones then thanked the members for re- appointing him. APPOINTMENT OF CLERK. A letter was read from the Local Government Board acknowledging the receipt of the Board's letter of the 6th inst. wit h reference to the proposed appoint- ment of Mr J. Ernest Lloyd to the office of clerk to the Guardians of the Lampeter Union. It stated that the inclusion on the Resolution passed by the Guardians, on the 22 ult., of a condition as to tenure was inconsistent with the Board's Regul- ations, and had the effect of rendering the whole appointment void, and the appointment could not be made valid by the subsequent rescission of the irregular condition. It was necessary therefore, as pointed out in the Board's letter of the 4th inst, that the Guardians should pass a further Resol- ution making an entirely fresh appointment to the office of clerk. The Chairman then proposed the appointment of Mr J. E. Lloyd as clerk to the Guardians of the Lampeter Union. The Rev T. C. Edmunds seconded the proposition and it was carried item con. Mr David Lloyd pointed out that they had from the last two meetings appointed him as temporary clerk, and now it was necessary to appoint an act- ing-clerk until the appointmenthad been confirmed by the Local Government Board. Mr J. E. Lloyd was then appointed as acting-clerk, CO-OPTATIVB GUARDIANS. Mr Lewis Davies suggested that Mr Fowden, who had been elected as a co-optative Guardian for many yearg, should again be re-elected member, and also to fill the office of vice-chairman as in the previous year. The Rev. R. C. Jones then proposed and Mr D. Price seconded that Mr Fowden be oppointed a co-optative member. This was agreed to. Mr John Jones proposed. Mr David Lloyd as another co-operative Guardian. Mr Lewis Davies said that they woul] not be too many in number, if their old clerk was to become a member, besides Mr il,loyd.would be a great ac- quisition tothem on the Board. The Rev T. C. Edmunds pointed out that this practice had now been discontinued by other Boards of Guardians, and he suggested that the matter be deferred for a fortnight so that the members might have time to think over the matter. Mr Edmunds' suggestion was thereupon agreed to. MASTER'S REPORT The Master reported that on the 28th ultimo a casual named John Davies was discharged from the House at his own reqnest. On the 28th ult a casual named Francis Rooke was admitted into the House by the order of the Medical Officer suffer- ing from at bad leg. On the 7th inst a casual named Thomas Morgan was admitted into the House suffering from a bad foot. A casual named Thomas Martin was sentenced to four days im- prisonment for refusing to perform his alloted task of stone breaking. Two members of the House Committee inspected the trees at the end of the workhouse which Mr James Jones, 5, Temple- I terrace, complained of and'they gave instructions to have the trees cur so as not to interfere w.th Mr Jones' premises. This has accordingly been done. Mr David Jones, Rhydvfran, Cribin, has appi ed to have the boy Thomas Davies, at present an inmate, as a servant. The total number of vagrants relieved during the half year ended 25th March last, was 380 coriesponding period last year, 307, an increase of 70. The report was approved of. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE. The following members were appointed on the various committees: -Assessrrent Committee— Messrs David Davies, chairman W. Inglis Jones, D, H. James, Rev. T. C. Edmunds, Lewis Davies, Evan Davies, Llystyn; B. J. Evans, John Davies, Aberduar; David Evans, Evan Davies, Blaenau- gwenog, and J. G. Marsden. School Attendance Committee—Messrs T. H. E. Hughes, Rev T. C. Edmunds, J. G. Marsden, D. H. James and John Jones. Finance Committee—Messrs John Davies, Lam- peter; John Griffiths, Thomas Williams, Revs T. C. Edmunds, R. C. Jones, David Evans, W. Jones, David Price. David Price. House Committee — Messrs T. H R. Hughes, John Davies, J. G. Marsden, Rev R. C Jones, J. Fowden, W. Jones, Evan Davies, David Price, J C. Harford, David Evans, David Jones, John Jones, W.Edwards, and Jones. Mr David Davies proposed and Mr Lewis Davies seconded that Mr D. H. James be appointed chair- man of the Assessment Committee. Mr James declined stating that this was an im- portant committee, and he preferred not to be its chairman. Mr Lewis Davies said that because it was an im- portant Committee they gave him that office. After more discussion Mr David Davits, Velindre, and Mr. D. H. James were re-appointed chairman and-vice-cbairtdan respectively. The Rev. R. C. Jones proposed Mr John Davies, Glendale, as chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr David Price seconded and this was agreed to. The Rev. T. C. Edmunds was appointed chairman of the School Attendance Committee, and the Rev. R. C. Jones as chairman of the House Committee. JOINT COUNTIES ASYLUM. A letter was read from Mr Thomas Evans, Brith- dir, stating that he had visited the Joint Counties Asylum at Carmarthen, and that he saw all the patients from this Union and they seemed to be well cared for. He considered that Dr. Goodall was the right man in the right place. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. Mr. Inglis Jones presided pro tem over a meet- ing of this Council which was held on Friday. Mr T. H. R. Hughes proposed and Mr David Price seconded that the Rev. T. C. Edmunds be re- appointed chairman for the ensuing year. This was unanimously agreed to. Mr David Price proposed and Mr David Davies, Cellan, seconded the appointment of MrBJEvansas vice-chairman. Mr Evans declined the acceptance of the office stating that he had fulfilled that office for many years, and he now wished that some oth3r member be offered the situation. Mr Hughes was afterwards appointed vice-chair- man. LLANYBYTHER DISTRICT COUNCIL. Mr Lewis Davies presided over a meeting of this Council. Mr D. H. James and Mr Evan Davies, Llystyn, were re-appointed chairman and vice-chairman respectively. No other important business was transacted.