Death of the Rector of Llan- bedrog. A NATIVE OF LLANILAR. Last week there passed away the Rev James Rowlands, rector of Llanbedrog, Carnarvonshire, at the age of 77 years. Canon Rowlands was a native of Llanilar, his birthplace being the old Abermaide mansion. He received his education at St. David's College, Lampeter, and was ordained deacon and pries"in 1848 and 1849 respectively by the Bishop of Bangor. His first curacy was Pwllheli, whence he was promoted to the living of Tudweiliog and Llangwnadl. He was afterwards appointed succes- sively to the livings of Mellteyrn and Llanfechell, Anglesey. It was from the latter place he went to Llanbedrog in 1880. Mr Rowlands was an honor- ary canon of Bangor Cathedral, an honour con- ferred upon him a few years ago. He was also rural dean of Lleyn from 1889 to 1897. By his death the Church in Wales loses one of its best and most prominent ministers. He was chiefly instrumental in bringing to its ministry such r.o:ab!e 'It,n as the present Bishop of St. David's, Cznon Roberts, Llandaff; Rev G. W. Griffiths, Gaerwen; and the Rev John Morgan, Llandudno. There are at present 37 clergymen living in the Principality brought up to the Church ministry through his moral and financial help. These clergymen, about two years ago, made him the recipient of a Jubilee presentation in the form of a gold watch and books in appreciation of his services, the presentation being made by the Bishop of St. David's He was a typical Welsh clergyman of the old school, a firm believer in the Church of Eng- land, and a strenuous upholder of its doctrines, rites, and ceremonies as set forth in its liturgy and articl es. His mind was exceedingly well-balanced. A man of moderate views, be belonged to no party, though some, perhaps, would call him an Evangel- ical or Low Churchman. He was one of the oldest scholars of St. David's College, Lampeter, and one of the oldest clergymen in the Diocese of Bangor, where he served the Church for the long period of fifty-two years. He was a man of con- siderable power, and a very acceptable preacher. Some years ago he was invited byhiscollege to preach the sermon on St. David's Day. The living is in the gift of the Bishop of Bangor, and is one of the richest in the county of Carnarvon. THE FUNERAL. The funeral took place on Tuesday last, and was attended by the Right Revs. the Bishops of Bangor and St. David's. The body arrived at Aberys- twyth by the 9.30 a.m. train, where it was met by a large number of deceased's relatives. At 10.30, tbe cortege, which was a larga one, left the station, and proceeded by road to Llanilar, where the interment took place. The chief mourners were the follow- ing :—Mr Evan Rowlands, Mount Pleasant, Llanon, brother Mrs Williams, Glynperis, niece Mr Evan Morgan, and Miss Morgan, the Green, Llanon, nephew and niece; Mr and M-s Rowlands, Pant- amlwg, and Miss Rowlands, Mount, Llanon, nephew and nieces Miss Annie Rowlands, Mount Pleasant; Mr John Williams, and Misses Williams (3), Glyn Capt. Sinnett Jones, and family, Carlton, Llanon; Mrs Rowlands, Carog. Llanddeiniol, and family; Mr Richard James and Mrs James, Brynllys; Mr and Mrs Morgan, Garn House, Bow Street; Mrs James, Bryndderwen Mr Hugh J. Hughes, Hill Side Mr and Mrs Jones, Rhoscellan Mr and Mrs Pugh, Pencwmmawr; and Miss Morgan, Ystrad. Amongst the clergymen also present, in addition to the'two Bishops, were Canon Roberts, Llandaff; Revs. John Morgan, Llandudno; G. W. Griffiths, Gaerwen; D. Morgan, Bryngwran, Anglesey (nephew); H. \ÓJones Manley, Penrhyndeudraeth (nephew); J. J. Ellis, Kevin (nephew); W. J. Evans, Lampeter (nephew) James Evans, Llanfi- bangel-y-traethan, Meirion (cousin); R. L. Morgan, Cvvmdn (nephew); D. H. Evans, Llangian D. Jones, Abererch, Llangian; T. Evans, Llanrhystyd; J. M. Lewis, Llanddeiniol J. Jones, Cemmes; Thomas Jones, Llanarthney J. Lloyd (vicar); and J. T. Evans (curate), Llanilar; J. Davies, Ystrad- meurig, etc. Amongst the general public also present were Dr and Mrs Hughes, Llanilar; Capt. Jenkins, Llanon; Mrs Jones, Cadivor, Llanon; Mrs Richards*Panteg, Llanon; Miss Jones, Dauntless, Llanon; Mr H. Meredith, and Mr W. Richards, Aberystwyth; Dr Griffiths, Llanbedrog, etc. In the church Canon Roberts read the 90th Psalm, and the Rev. John Morgan read the lesson. As the coffin was borne out of the church, the organist played the Dead March." At the graveside the Bishop of St. David's offered the committal prayer, and the Bishop of Bangor read the two burial collects, the blessing being afterwards given by the Bishop of St. David's. The impressive service at the grave- side concluded with the singing of the well-known hymn, 0 fr.vniau Caersalem." Wreaths had been sent by the Bishop of St. David's and Mrs Owen Mrs Caldecot, Llanbedrog Rev G. W. Griffiths, Gaerwen; Mr and Mrs Winslow, Pwllheli; and Mr and Mrs J. Evans Hughes, Nevin.
ABERYSTWYTH. PERSONAL.—Mr Dav;d Howell, J.P., who has been indisposed for the past few wte^s, is now progressing favourably. THE FOOTPATH ASSOCIATION.—It is rather a long time since anythirg his been heard of this society. Now is the time to be up and doing and not in the height of the season when everybody is too busy. ACCIDENT.—On Saturday a serious accident befell a man named Thomas Jones, empioyeil at Ciarach Farm. He was out in a field shooting, when the gun exploded, two of his fingers being blown off. He was taken to the Infirmary where his wounds were attended to. MASONIC CLUB. -At a meeting 01 tne ™e™uc\i of this Club, held last week, it was resolved by 17 to 6, to open the premises on Sundays. It is under- stood that the six members who voted against by no means represent the real opposition to this new departure, and several members have expressed their intention of severing their connection with the club if the proposal be carried out. PARISH COUNCIL.—Mr Edward Evans, J.P., draper, Great Darkgate-street, has again been unanimously elected chairman of Gwnnws Upper Parish Council, Pontrhydfendigaid. Mr Evans represents the district on the County Council, and 18 very popular at the village of Bont. THE COUNTY SCHOOL.—The school broke up for vacation on Friday last. The school continues to be visited by educationalists. Mr Gruchy Gardin, of Carnarvon County School, and Mr Carey, of Bethesda County School, visited the school last week. Mr Gardin took some photos of the place. The school re-opens on Tuesday, May 7; an in- formation in regard to fees, forms of admission of new pupils. &c, may be had on application to the Headmaster, or to the Clerk, 6, Portland-street. ACCIDENT.-On Monday afternoon a school boy, named Howard Hammonds, son of Mr Hammonds, signalman, 3, George-street, met with a serious accident. He was playing about a cart which had been left on the road near the school, and in some manner fell from the vehicle to the ground, with the result that he sustained a fracture of the thigh. He was taken home and attended to by Dr Morgan, and is now stated te be progressing satis- factorily. POLICE CASES—Robert Jones, Swansea, labourer, was charged before Mr Thomas Griffiths, at the Police Station, on Monday, with having: begged alms at Pantgwyn Villa, Llanychaiarn, on Sunday. He was discharged on promising to leave the town. On Tuesday, Jane Roberts, of Bangor, was charged with having been drunk and disorderly on the highway at 10.20 p.m. on the 22nd inst. P.C. Mathias gave evidence, and defendant was dis- charged with a caution. DEATH AND FUNERAL OF MISS ELLIS. The news of the death of Miss Mary Ellis, Great Dark- gate-street, which took place on Wednesday morn- ing last, was received with universal regret in the town and district. She was the daughter of the late John Ellis, and sister of Mr D. F. Ellis, gun- smith, and sister of Mrs Edwards, Pwllheli. The death of her sister, Mrs Rowlands, which took place about three monthsago, affected herdeeply, and she never rallied from the shock. She was highly respected by a large circle of friends, and was a faithful member of the Welsh Baptist Chapel. The funeral took place on Saturday, the body being interred at the cemetery. The chief mourners were Mrs Edwards (sister), Mr Fred Edwards (nephew), Miss May Edwards (niece), and several other relatives from the Towyn Dis- trict. The officiating ministers were Dr Morris and the Rev J. Griffiths, Towvn. The funeral ar- rangements were carried out by Mr John Lewis Evans, Great Darkgate-street. INQUEST.—Mr John Evans, coroner, held an in- quest on Wednesday last, into the cause of the death of Albert Francis Bennison, aged three years, son of Mr H Bennison, fisherman, Penmaesglas-road. The jurv were Messrs Isaac Hopkins (foreman), T. K. Jones, D. T. Jones, T. G. Thomas, James White, Robert Lewis, David Herbert, William Jones, James Silcock, R. D. Jones, James Daniel, and John Jones. Mrs Gertrude Bennison, mother of the child, said that on Saturday morning, April 6th, at about seven a.m. she went downstairs, leaving deceased and his brother, aged four-and-a-half years, in bed, her husband.having previously gone out to his work. When she had been down about ten minutes, she 'heard the elder boy calling that his little brother was on fire. She immediately ran upstairs and found deceased's nightdress in flames. She wrapped him in a shawl and thus extinguished the fire. Dr Harries was called in and attended him up to the time of his death When she left the bedroom she took the box of matches, which was in the candlestick, with her. It must have been a loose match that the children had found somewhere- A verdict was returned to the effect that the child bad accidentally set his nightdress on fire, resulting in his death. MILITIA ENTERTAINMENTS.—The second enter- tainment or social evening organised for the benefit of the members of the Cardigan Artillery now stationed at Aberystwyth, was held at the English Baptist Schoolroom on Thursday evening last. Mr Bruce Wilson occupied the chair. 'The refresh- ments were supplied by the following ladies, who also waited upon the men:—Misses Owen (2), North-parade; Misses Lee (3). Misses Whittingtons (3), Miss Richards, Heart of Oak Miss Ruth Ellis, Mrs Bearne, and Mrs T. H. Edwards, who were assisted by the Rev T. Williams, B.A. (pastor), Mr Wright, and Mr T. H. Edwards. The proceedings opened with a hymn, 11 Forward be our watch- word," and prayer by the Rev T. Williams. The programme of the entertainment was as follows Pianoforte solo, Miss Alice Lee cornet solo, Mr T. Evans; recitation, Bobs,' Master Jack Wakement; mouth organ solo, Gunner W. Harding; solo, "Maid of the mill," Miss Tredwell; reading, Mr Wilson (chairman) pianoforte solo, Miss Richards address on Temperance by Mr Wright; song, Corporal Morgan; song, Molly and 1 and the baby," Miss Tredwell (encore), Maggie Murphy's Home"; song, She has seen t'other days," Sergt. Rogers The attendance was encouraging, being an increase upon that of the first entertainment. Miss Whittingtons and Miss Lee were the accompanists. It is intented to continue the enter- tainments every Thursday evening until the Militia is disbanded. PETTY SESSIONS.—The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday at the Town Hall, before Messrs E. P. Wvnne (mayor), Peter Jones, Thomas Griffiths and John Watkins. -Gilbert Phillips, 41, North-parade. Aberystwyth, was charged with Tiding a bicycle on the footway on the Marine- Parade, on April 24th. Fined Is.—William Row- lands, North-parade, but .her, was summoned for allowing the chimney of his dwelling house to be on fire on the 17th April. Fined 2s 6d.-Annie Challender. Mill House, Mill-street, laundress, and David James, 13, Pier-street, outfitter, were also summoned for the same offence, and were fined 2s and 2s 6d respectively.—Thomas Morgan, Tre- fechan, butcher. Walter Jones, 15, Prospect-street, boatman, and Richard Jackson. Trefechan, Aber- ystwyth, tinker, were charged with being drunk on the highway on the 23rd April.—The two first defendants were fined 2s 6d and costs, and 10s and costs respectively, the latter being bound over in the sum of P,1.-An extension of time was granted to Mr Rufns Williams till 3 o'clock on Saturday morning, on the occasion of the Boating Club °XHE WEATHER.—Within a month Aberystwyth has been afforded specimens of all the various sorts of weather that the British Isles is subject to, but in a comparatively mild form. In the Midlands the ice has been thick enough for skating. At Aberystwyth there is seldom any skating to be had those who wish to enjoy this sport most go miles away into the country. The ice king seldom puts his foot down hard about this neighbourhood this is the reason why so many people make Aberyst- wyth their winter residence. On the nights between the 24th and 29th of last month ice was formed, but soon after daybreak it disappeared. The thermometer on those nights clung to about 32-0-the freezing-point—and suddenly jumped up to 40'8 in the night of the last date; since then it has not been below 37 0. On Saturday night the minimum shade reading rose to 52.4, with a max- imum of 75 6, and on Sunday the reading was the same. The most "wretched" (to borrow a vulgar term) day we have had this winter was the 27th of March. when, with a maximum of 400, and a minimum of 33-0, we experienced all sorts of weather—cloud, blue sky. rain, hail, snow, and at five minutes past nine in the evening one vivid lightning flash and its resultant thunderclap. The whole of April np to date has been very vnild- insomuch that the swallow, the cuckoo, and the Isutterfly have come amongst us. JUDICIAL SEPARATION.—Jam^s Jones, barber, Trefechan, was summoned at the instigation of his wife to appear at the Police Station on Friday last. when she applied for a judicial separation from her _11_ husband, and asked for a maintenance cU1\JWi;1IlCe in respect of herself and child. The presiding masistrates were the Mayor (Mr E. P. Wynne), Aid Peter Jones, and Mr John Watkina- The com- plainant said her husband deserted her in the early part of January last, for which offence he bad undergone three months' imprisonment, having bee-i released on the previous evening. Mr Stanley Griffith Jones, instructed by MrJ. Arthur Hughes, appeared for the defendant, and asked the Bench not to inflict too severe an order upon his client, having reo-ard to the fact that he had been in ill- health and' would take some time recover his former position. After a short deliberation the magistrates granted a separation order, giving the rustodv of the child to the mother, and ordered the defendant to pay 7s 6d a week towards their maintenance. The Bench suggested to the wife that she should not call iipon her husband to pay more than 5s for the first month-Defendant, hav- ing asked the Bench to make a redaction in the amount, but which was not acceded to, promised po comply with the order. SALE OF PROPERTY.—At a sale of property conducted bv Mr J. E, James, at the Talbot Hotel, on Wednesday afternoon, 51, The Terrace, was sold to Mrs W Griffith, Waterloo, for £ 1600. Quebec Villa, Llanbadarn-road, was withdrawn at P,650, and 26, Prospect-street was sold to the tenant for Z35 Nos 21 and 22 High-street being withdrawn. PRESENTATION.—At a meeting held at Taber- nacle schoolroom on the 15th inst., Miss M. J. Griffiths, Market-street, was made the recipient of a beautiful walnut timepiece by the Sunday School teachers on the occasion of her marriage with the Rev R. Gwmryn Jones. Mr David Ellis presided. and he made the presentation in the unavoidable absence of Mr Thomas Owen. BUILDING.—A handsome villa will be built, shortly on the plot of land between The Larches and Silverdene, in Llanbadarn-road, for a retired Eastbourne solicitor. Contracts have ralso been let for the building of a house each for Dr Harries and Mr Fear, of the Wine Vaults. The architect in each case is Mr Howard Jones. COUNTY SCHOOL LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY.—A concert in connection with the above Society was held on Wednesday, April 17th, in the Central Hall. An enjoyable evening was spent and most of the items were really good and well appreciated. The chair was taken by the president (D. Jonathan Jones) who, in a short address, bade farewell to the Society, and wished it every success and prosperity in the future. I SERMONS.—The Rev J. Scott Lidgett, M.A., of the Wesleyan Settlement, Bermondsey, London, preached two able sermons on Sunday at the Wesleyan chapel, Queen's-road. In the evening, at eight o'clock, at the English Congregational church a meeting was held on behalf of the Bermondsey Settlement, Principal Roberts, M.A., presiding, Mr Lidgett gave an excellent address on Social work in large cities." There were present Revs T. A. Penry, T. H. Ingram, T. R. Hall, Dr Brooke, Profes- sors Herford, Angus, and Anwyl, with many others. Mr Lidgett spoke for a considerable time on the work done in connection with the settlement, of which he is the warden. There was a large con- gregation, including many students. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.—A special meeting of this Council was held on Monday, Mr Richard James presiding. The meeting bad been called to further consider the letter from the Local Govern- ment Board in reference to Borth drainage. The Beard stated that they wished a drainage scheme submitted for the whole of the houses facing the sea. As it was thought that the Board only intended a drainage scheme for the houses on the Terrace, the Hotel, and the Railway Station, the Clerk was instructed to again write to the Board, asking for a definite statement as to what was required. HOME FROM THE WAR. Her numerous friends in the Vale of Teify will be glad to learn that Miss Connie Lloyd reached Southampton this week from South Africa, where she was met by her brother, the Rev J. E. Lloyd, in whose company she arrived at Aberystwyth on Wednesday evening, where she intends spending a few days.
Gaming on Licensed Premises. HOTEL KEEPER FINED. At the Police Station on Tuesday morning (before Ald. Peter Jones and Mr J:)bn Watkins), Rufus Williams, of the Lion Royal Hotel, licensed .victu- aller, was charged by Superintendent Thomas Phillips with sufferring card playing for money to be carried on at his premises at the Lion Royal Hotel, Aberystwyth, on the 20th inst. P.C. Lloyd Rowlands said at 2.45 a.m. on the 20th inst, he saw lights and heard loud talking in the eOIllmercial room of the Lion Hotel. He went to the window and looked in. He saw four gentle- men—three commercial travellers and Mr Hollier, Bridge-street. There was also a fifth man there, but he could only see his hands. He stopped there, and saw cards and money on the table. He watched there until 3.15 a.m. He saw two games being played, and one of the commercial travellers, who had his back to the window, had a book by his si, and was entering something in it at the end of each game. At 3.45 a.m. he returned again, and noticed the men playing as before. He was then in company of P.C. 34. He noticed three more games being played. About 4 a.m. he heard Mr Hollier say I am sorry gentlemen. All my money is gone." At 4.15. a.m. >the commercial traveller sitting with his back to the window looked toward the window and said There is an officer outside," and then lne repeated it and said" I bet you £5 there is,"—and Mr Hollier said I bet you £5 they can't see through." The same man looked the second time and stood up and pointed to the corner, saying •' Boots, mind you don't open the door." Boots then pulled the blinds down, and immediately afterwards the light was put out. He noticed two rows of money-silver and copper-on the table He saw no one belonging to the household except the boots. The blinds were not down on the bottom part of the window. He did not see the boots to speak to him. One of the travellers said I play for £ 2." He also heard ten shillings mentioned, but could not catch the first words. Cross examined by Mr A. J. Hughes, on behalf of the defendant: He did not go into the house, neither did he tap the window. When P C. 5 was about to be called, Mr A. J. Hughes said it was not necessary, as the defendant admitted the facts stated by the previous witness. For the defence, Mr Rufus Williams said he went to bed on the 20th inst at 11.30 p.m. He knew it was an offence to permit gambling on the premises. He had posted a notice prohibiting same on the premises, which he now produced. He always closed the bar at 12 o'clock. He bad no knowledge whatever of the alleged card playing. All in the household went to bed at 12 o.clock save the boots. The boots did not in any way manage the house after he (witness) went to bed at 12. The boots report- ed to him the morning after what had occurred. He bad a considerable number of travellers staying at the house every night. They had thirty the previous night. He went to the commercial room on the night of Saturday last and saw the guests playing cards at 11.30. He stopped them. He had taken every possible precaution to prevent this card-playing on the premises. Cross examined by the Chief Constable: When I retired at 11.30, I had no knowledge of Mr Hollier or the other guests named being there. Cross examined by the Chairman In the ordin- ary course the boots would be in charge of any guests who would be on the premises after he had retired, but on this night he was not aware that there were any guests on the premises when he retired. After 11 o'clock guests could come into the premises. Chief Constable Howell Evans gave the licensee a good character. The Chairman (Ald. Peter Jones) stated that he and his colleague had considered the case very carefully, and had no alternative but to find that Mr Rufus Williams had left the boots in charge of the persons staying at the house and their guests, and that the playing with cards for money had been done with the knowledge of the boots. Al- though knowing that it was very difficult for a licensee to keep his premises entirely free of such offences, they would inflict a fine of 5s and costs, in the hope that that would be the means of strengthening the hands of the licensed victuallers of the town to prohibit such a practice in future. There would be no endorsement of the license. NATURE NOTES. ABERYSTWYTH AND DISTRICT. April 18-Dogs Mercury in flower. 18-Blackthorn do. f> 19-Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) do. 19-Mosci)atel do. 19-Larell do. „ 19—Elm do. u 19—Sycamore in foliage (lower off-shoots only). „ 20-Cuckoo heard.
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. THE NEW LAW SCHOOL.—Mr C. E. Howell, solicitor, Welshpool, on whose motion the Court of Governors of the College at their meeting in Welsh- pool decided to take steps for the establishment of a School of Law has intimated his intention to present to the College the entire series of English Law Reports, which will form an invaluable portion of the Law Library. The Registrar also during the last few days received two donations of Z50 each one towards the Law School sustentation Fund in raemorv of the late W. Griffith, solicitor, Glyn Maiden, Dolgelley, by his daughter, Miss Lucy E. Griffith, and the other towards the Law Library Fund from A Friend."
Death of Col.-Sergt. W. Lee. SAD END OF A PROMISING CAREER. A promising military career has just been cut short by the death of Colour-Sergeant W. Lee, the instructor and pay-sergeant of the first Company of Shropshire Service Volunteers, who died from enteric on Saturday last at Bloemfontein. Colour- Sergeant Lee. who was highly-respected in his regiment, was the eldest* son of Mr Lee, Terrace- road, in the, employ of the Cambrian Railway Company at Aberystwyth Station. Tbefirst intim- ation of the sad event was received by Mr Lee on Monday, and on Tuesday the. announcement appeared in the casualty list. Colour-Sergeant Lee enlisted when a youth into the 1st Battalion of the Shropshire Regiment, and served with the county regiment in -the Egyptian Campaign, for which he received the medal and Khedive's Star, and had qualified for the long service and good conduct medal. Subsequently be served with the battalion under Colonel, Itobi nson in China, and, later on, a vacancy occurring on the Militia Staff at Shrewsbury, he was selected for the position, being ultimately promoted Colour-Sergeant in the Battalion by Sir Thomas Meyrick. While at Copthorne Barracks he was appointed Provo Sergeant, which duties he dis- charged with considerable tact and discretion. On the retirement of Sergeant-Instructor Kirk from the Hodnet Volunteers about three years ago Colour- Sergeant Lee was offered the post and accepted it, and was most popular with all ranks. On the form- ation of the Shropshire Volunteer Service Company in January of last year, Colonel Robinson again gave evidence of his high opinion of Colour-Sergeant Lee by selecting him as its Colour-Sergeant, and he sail to South Africa with the company on March 3rd, and afterwards accompanied them with Lord Roberts's victorious army through the Orange River Colony and the Transvaal, and took part in subsequent operations in the direction of Belfast.. After a short stay there he returned with his men to Pretoria, and finally to Brandfort, which has been garrisoned by the Shropshire Company for nearly four months. A few weeks ago, it appears, the late Colour-Sergeant Lee obtained permission to visit Bloemfontein to see his brother-in-law, who is a schoolmaster at Johannesburg, and who had been spending some time in Bloemfontein, and when there was stricken with enteric. His brother- in-law was in constant attendance upon him. his temporary residence being a short distance from the hospital. In fact, it was for the purpose of bidding his brother-in-law Good-bye" that he had journeyed from Brandfort on March 17th. Major Heber-Percy, who manifested the greatest interest in the welfare of Sergeant Lee, and who bad been regularly in receipt of communications from him since his departure, was deeply affected on hear- ing of his illness on Monday afternoon, and he im- mediately cabled the hospital authorities at Bloem- fontein, but was unable to get the message through. The illness terminated fatally three days after the Shropshire Company bad embarked for England. The deceased sergeant was a native of Oswestry, and was married to a daughter of Mrs Dolbey, of that town, and is survived by her and two children, who are residing at Hodnet, and for whom as well as his father and other members of the family much sympathy is expressed. The deceased officer's regiment is expected to reach England by the 8th May, and had he been spared to accompany them, it was his father's intention to proceed to Southampton to meet him. Mr Lee has two other sons in the Army, and sad to relate both are in hospital at the present time. His son Albert, who also belongs to the King's Shropshire Infantry, is in Templemore Barracks Hospital, Ireland, suffering from fever, while his other son, Wynne, who belongs to an artillery regiment, stationed at Devonport, bad the misfortune a short time ago to be thrown off a gun carriage, and had to undergo an operation.
DOLGELLEY. SALE OF WORK.—On Thursday, April 11th, a very successful Sale of Work was held in the National Schoolrodm. The following were the Stallholders:—Mrs Lloyd. The Rectory; Mrs. W. R. Davies, Mrs Richards, N. & S. Wales Bank Mrs Griffiths. Brynadda; Mrs Cattermole, Mrs Cleaver, Mrs Griffith, Bodlondeb; Mrs Peellen. Miss Jones, Bryndervv: the Misses Bicknell, the Misses Millard, Miss Jones, Henfelin School; and Miss Evans, National School. The Refreshment Stall was presided over by Mrs and Misses Jones-Parry, Wenallt. The building was tastefully decorated for the occasion, and r, the Sale was patronised by all the leading people of the neighbourhood. ST. MARY'S CIIURCII.Oll Saturday, April 13th, the New East Window erected by Mr Owen S. Wynne, Dolrhyd, in memory of his wife was dedicated by the Bishop of the Diocese. This beautiful window is of a Norman style, and was designed by the farnam: and well-known architect, Mr G. F. Bod ley, A.R.A. The stone work was done at Dolgelley under the superintendence of Mr Wnmnhrev Owen. The service was choral. The surpliced clergy were—The Rev John Lloyd, Rector; the Rev Owen Evans, Curate; Rev E. Hughes, Barmouth (who read the first Lesson); Rev E. Owen, St. Mark's. Brithdir; and the Rev R. Davies, Towyn. Mr W. Griffith, M.B., presided at the Organ. After the Anthem was sung, Mr Owen S. Wynne unveiled the window and formally pres- ented it to the care of the Rector and Churchward- ens. The Rector on behalf of himself, and Wardens accepted the gift, and asked the Bishop to dedicate the same to the glory of God, and the increased ad- ornment of His Sanctuary. After the d-dication, the Hymn— We love the place 0 God was sung, and the Bishop delivered a most appropriate, and impressive address. Then followed the late Mrs Wynne's favourite hymn-" Peace Perfect Peace." The Bishop having pronounced the blessing, the I choir sang," On the Resurrection Morning "as a Recessional Hymn.
CENSUS 1901. Lampeter Union. INHABITANTS. PARISHES. «• £ 1 a | JS SoO>r & H r"1 S y^l C S ■ CARDIGANSHIRE— Beltws Bledrws 88 91 179 25 204 Cellan 167 234 401 56 457 Lampeter Urban 773 9491722 1531569 Lampeter Rural 197 232 429 8 — 437 Llanfairclydogau 200 241 441 71 512 Llangybi 113 159 272 42 314 Llanwenog 609 7581367 100 1467 Llanwnen 102 125 227 42 269 Silian 103 116 219 49 268 Trefilan 89 113 202 36 238 CARMARTHENSHIRE- Llanybyther 536 6371173 1 — 1174 Llanycrwys 162 223 385 21 364 Llanfih'l-rhos-y-corn 229 248 477 55 — 532 Llanllwni 330 378 708 75 — 783 Pencarreg 504 5491053 43 1096 TOTALS •••420250539255 603 1749684 Aberystwyth. The census returns for the Aberystwyth Union were published on Monday by the Clerk (Mr Hugh Hughes). The total population is given at 21,460, a net increase, as compared with 1891. of 358. On the whole the returns are considered sstisfactory. The steady progress of the town of Aberystwyth during the past decade is borne out by the increase of 1278 in the population, which has jumped from 6725 to 8003. The depopulation of the rural dis- tricts goes on apace, there being decreases in 22 parishes, while the remaining seven only show comparatively small increases. The following are the tabulated returns:— PARISHES. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. 1871. 1881. J1891. 1901. Inc. Dec. Aberystwyth. 6720 7088 6725 8003 1278 Broncastellan 191 141 139 123 16 Ceulanymaes- mawr 941 823 692 676 — 16 Clarach 232 227 160 153 7 Cwmrheidol 1470 1128 878 690 188 Cyfoethybrenin 1240 1169 1003 903 100 Cynnullmawr 585 539 466 406 59 Elerch 275 252 174 149 25 Henllys 534 399 321 339 18 Issayndre 418 509 371 394 23 Llanafan 621 628 381 351 30 Llanbadarn Upper 906 695 418 362 56 Llanbar'yrn Lower 762 682 601 633 32 — Llancynfelin 1050 905 676 647 — 29 Llani,(It,iiiiol 246 228 212 198 14 Llanfihangel Upper 1727 1694 1126 1098 28 Llanfihangel Lower 983 873 673 643 — 30 Llangwyryfon 579 522 466 480 14 Llanilar 924 833 714 695 19 Llanrhystyd Haminiog 935 792 698 634 64 Llanrbystyd Mefenydd 628 585 463 417 46 Llanychaiarn 622 609 471 420 — 51 Melindwr 1342 991 678 626 — 52 Parcel Canol. 538 564 366 304 — 62 Rhostie 158 168 133 101 32 Trefeirig 1273 1107 822 586 236 Tirymynach 398 440 290 267 23 Uchayndre 439 400 368 417 49 Vaenor Upper 387 348 337 341 4 — Vaenor Lower 315 267 281 404 123 TOTALS 27439125606 21102 21460 1541 1183 The population of the respective districts is as follows :-Aberystwyth, 10,888 Llanrhystyd, 2,525; Geneu'rglyn, 3.387; Rheidol, 4,660. Machynlleth. 1891 1901 In. Dec. Machynlleth 1826 2038 213 Scuborycoed 4Hl 380 38 Isvgarreg 328 258 70 Uwchygarreg 307 268 39 Penegoes 712 581 131 The division of the population in the above parishes is as follows:—Machynlleth, 943 males and 1195 females; Scubarycoed, 188 males and 192 females; Isygarreg, 86 males and 78 females; Uwchygarreg, 139 males and 129 females; Pene- goes, 285 males and 296 females. Tregaron The census returns for the Tregaron Union shows a population of 7945, the population in 1891 being 8613, making a decrease of 668. The Gwnnws sub-district, of which the Rev T. R. Morgan is registrar, has a population of 2261, the population in 1891 being 2475, making a decrease of 213. There is a decrease of 71 males and 142 females in that district, whilst the number of in- habited houses is about the same. The two other sub-districts also show a decrease, the chief cause being that the young men find better'employ- ment'in South Wales. The following table shows the population of each parish:— 1891 1901 Bettws Leiki 262 228 Blaenpennal 472 418 Caron Isclawdd 1575 1509 Caron Uwch Clawdd ••• ••• 558 498 Doithie Camddwr 61 45 Doithie Pysgotwr 80 76 Gartheli 262 259 Garth and Ystrad 91 72 Gogovan 83 71 Gorwydd 660 619 Gwynbl 320 323 Gwnnws Issa 222 177 Gwnnws Ucha ••• ••• 532 534 Llangeitho 563 541 Llanio ••• 124 109 Llanbadarn Odwyn 260 237 Lleclrod Issa 533 501 Lledrod Ucha 351 333 Nantewnlle 652 597 Prisk and Carfan 113 81 Ysbytty Ystwyth 711 595 Ystrad Meurig ••• 126 125 The district comprises 121,545 acres. Llandyssul. The population of the town in 1891 was 804 while that of 1901 is only 783—a decrease of 21; the number of inhabitants in the parish in 1891 was 3034; in 1901 the number had dwindled down to 2.803-a decrease of 232 This reduction is prob- ably due to the flourishing condition of the coal trade of Glamorganshire. In 1891 the number of houses was 221, against 225 in the census just taken for the town but, in the parish there is again a decrease—in 1891 they numbered 776, against 741 for 1901, a decrease of 35. (Other returns held over for want of space.)
MACHYNLLETH. MARRIAGE.—The marriage of the Rev E. May- hew-Jones, B.A., Oxon, vicar of Moorside, Oldham, with Miss Catherine Mary Griffiths, eldest daughter of the late Mr Richard Griffiths, surgeon, Aberbir- iarth Hall, Cemmaes, Montgomeryshire, and of Mrs Griffiths, Cefn Hendre, Carnarvon, took place at Llanbeblig Church, Carnarvon, on Wednesday-week last, the ceremony being performed by the Rev J. Wynne Jones, M.A., vicar of Carnarvon. The bridegroom was supported by Mr Henry Silvan- Evans, M.A., Llanwrin, as his best man. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.-The first meeting of the new Council was held on Wednesday, April 17th, when Mr Edward Hughes was re-elected chairman and Mr Richard Hughes, vice-chairman. —The Surveyor reported that he had received several letters from Mr Campbell of jBryullwydwyn, complaining of the state of the Pantglas and Bryn- I llwydwyn road. The roan nan oeen damaged by the carting of timber sold by Mr Campbell and Mr Campbell offered £ 5 on condition that the Council undertook to cart sixty loads of stones from his quarry to the road, no charge being made for the s stone.—It was agreed to accept Mr Campbell's offer.-The Medical Officer reported that he bad been notified of a case of diphtheria at Bont, Llanbrynmair. SCHOOL BOAR D.-vVednesday, April 17th, the Rev W. S. Jones presidina.-The Clerk reported the receipt of £ 16 4s 9d under the Agricultural Rates Act.—The salary of Miss Jane Jones was increased from P,25 to £ 40.—Tlte Headmaster, in his report, complained of the overcrowding in the present school buildings. The attendance was very good and new desks were required —On the motion of Mr R. Gillart, it was agreed that the Chairman should confer with the Headmaster, and obtain an estimate of the cost of new desks by next meeting, A special meeting of the Board was held on Tuesday evening when all the members were present. A proposal to re-arrange the school staff was considered. It was stated that the staff now exceeds slightly the minimum requirements of the code, and the members were unanimous of opinion thet they could not dispense with any of the teachers.—The applications of Jane Jones. Frances Davies, and Sarah Hughes for increase of salaries, were considered, and it was resolved that, they should be paid P-40 per annum.—Mr Ashton's application was further considered and it was re- solved that he be paid the same this year as last year, and £ 145 fixed salary per annum for the 1 future. The estimate of receipts and expenditure for the ensuing year was then considered, from which it appeared that the Board would require the sum of P-244, being equal to a rate of 9d in the £ A precept for P,134 was signed and sealed, to be paid before the 22th September next.—Mr Rowland Jones, North Wales University College, Bangor,jwas appointed assistant master to succeed Mr Fielding, who has been appointed Headmaster of Aberangell Board School. PRIODAS. Boreu dydd Ian, Ebrill 17eg, yn Nghapl y Graig, Machynlleth, gan y Parch E. Wnion Evans, yn cael ei gynorthwyo gany Parch Josiah Jones, ac yn mhresenoldeb y Cofrestrydd, unwyd mewn glan briodas Mr E. R. Jenkins, Talbontdrain, a Miss Maggie Morgans. Rhiwlwyfan -y ddau o blwyf Uwch-y-Garreg. Ar ol y sere- moni. ymadawodd y par ieuanc o'r capel yn nghanol cawodydd o rice, a gwynebwyd am Carvan House, lie yr oedd boreufwyd ardderchog wedi ei ddarparu ar eu cyfer, yn ogystal a gwahoddedigion ereill, gan Miss Jone. modryb y briodasferch. Mae'r anrhegion yn lluosog a chostfawr, ac ym- adawodd y par ieuanc am Lundain yn nghanol dymuniadau goreu 11a o gyfeillion. Dyma fel y canodd Wnion iddynt:— Duw fyddo yn en dilyn l'w harwain flwyddi maitb, Rhocd iddynt ei weniadau A'u Ilono ar eu tiith Wrthrodio llwvbrau cariad Sy'n llawn o flodau'r nef, Mwynhant eu peraroglau Tra'n cario hwy'n bwysiau Mewn un ewyllys gref, Duw fyddo yn eu dilyn I'w gwylio yn eu ffyrdd, A thrwy eu fawr ddoethineb Gwnaed fyd y ddau yn wyrdd Egwyddor gref gwirionedd I'r naill fo'n help i'r llall I gario'u holl gynlluniau Dan wenau eu serchiadau Yn ffyddiog a di-wall. Duw fyddo yn eu dilyn- Gwnaed ffawd y ddau yn fras, Mae'n rhaid i'r cymyl glirio Cyn meddu gwybren las Efe sy'n llywodraethu Y nef a'r ddaear fawr, Ac os cael Duw yn llywydd, Ceir meddu bywyd dedwydd, Yn ngbanol croesau'r llawr. Duw fyddo yn eu dilyn Pan ddaw tywyllni'r hwyr I daflu ei gysgodion Dros fyd y ddau yn llwyr; Y golofn dan oleuo Pryd hyny'n glaer a thlos, Eu llwybrau dan ei llewyrch, Yn nghrymder ing yr ymgyrch Fo'u oleu ganol nos. Duw fyddo yn eu dilyn 'Rol gorphen gwaith y llawr, Y mae gobeithion daear I ddarfod ar ryw awr Ond cariad Crist pryd yma Gofleidia'r ddau'n ddilen, I gartref y Jehofa- Y Deyrnas na ddiflana- Tra gwawl ei gorsedd wen.
I)eatb of Mr John Corbett. We regret to announce the death, which occured at his residence, Impney, on Monday afternoon, of Mr John Corbett, J.P., D.L. The deceased gentle- man, who had reached the great age of 84, had been in failing health for some time past, and had in the course of his last illness been attended by several medical men, including Dr. Roden, Dr. Corbett, Sir James Sawyer,Dr. Carter, Dr Crowe, (of Worcester), and Dr. Smith, (of Brierley Hill). Mr Corbett went to Bournemouth a few months ago, and derived considerable benefit from his stay there. He went for a short drive in his park on Saturday last, but, not with-standing every attention and best medical advice,.he succumbed on Monday after noon. He had latterly suffered from paralysis, but the real cause of death was senile decay. The deceased gentleman is survived by a widow, two sons (Mr Roger and Mr Walter Corbett), and five daughters, three of whom are married. The news of Mr Corbett's death aroused the keenest sympathy in the district with which he had so long and so prominently been associated. Everywhere last, evening flags were flying half-mast, and at several of the churches of Droitwich muffled peals were rung. EARLY YEARS AND TRAINING. The career of Mr John Corbett has been one which might appropriately find a place among Dr Smiles's sketches of self-made and successful men. He began life with no advantages, and grew up to manhood without showing the possibilities which were in him. When fortune offered him her hand, he made good use of his opportunities and was so successful in the industry he took up that the name was half playfully given him of the Salt King." Mr Corbett did not shun public work. nor fail to use his fortune most liberally for the good of his fellowmen. His father was at one time a Shropshire farmer, but migrated early in life to the Black Country, and became a canal carrier, his boats plyingbetween the Midlands and London, Liverpool, Manchester, and other commercial centres. Mr John Corbett was one of six children, five of whom were boys. Jle is said to bave been born at tbe Delph, near Brierley Hill, in 1817; but an unverified claim has also been made for Kidderminster. He left school at ten years of age and helped to navigate one of his father's boats from Brierley Hil to London. His opportunities for education were few, but he had a desire for knowledge and used his spare time in reading and study. He acquired some knowledge of mechanics, and leaving the canal carrying trade for a time, drove an engine at some works a- mile or two from his home. He, however, went back to his father's business and became a partner with him, the firm trading as Corbett and Sons. A change was coming about in the carrying trade of the country, through the advent of railways, and their business was ulti- mately sold. A change of occupation led to a change in fortune. Mr Corbett was 28 years of age- when he became connected with the Stoke Prior Salt Works, a few miles from Droitwich, and it was the turning point of his career. Up to that time the salt industry in Worcester had experienced many changes. The Stoke works had been carried on by seven or eight individual proprietors and two joint stock com- panies, butjnone of them surmounted the difficulties which beset the enterprise. It is stated that the companies lost a capital of more than a quarter of a million sterling, and then the works of both com- panies passed into the possession o; Mr John Cor- bett. Now came his opportunity. The old works were dismantled, and in their place grew up the present extensive works at Stoke Prior, where the most improved methods of salt-making were intro- troduced, and by degrees, instead of an output of about 26,000 tons per annum, it reached upwards of 200,000 tons, and the railway and canal dues alone for the traffic in and out of the works amounted to about a hundred thousand pounds yearly. One great difficulty was to lift the brine through strata full of fresh water springs, and to prevent this mixing with the brine, as otherwise the cost of evaporation in the salt pans was im- mensely increased. This was overcome by Mr Corbett, and in every department he displayed keen business qualities. Mr Corbett did not think only of his own inter- ests when converting the Stoke Salt works into a successful industry, but of the workpeople. One important step was to abolish female labour both at Droitwich and at Stoke. Female labour was cheaper than that of men, but when Mr Corbett effected a change his workmen had practically as good a return for their labour as if his wife or daughter also worked with him. While his works became model works, he provided comfortable houses for this workmen, with gardens. Good schools, a club for his men, a dispensary, and a lecture room were also provided. The abolition of female labour at Stoke Salt Works is com- memorated by a memorial window in Stoke Prior Church, which was erected when the restoration of the church was taken in hand some."ears ago. MR. CORBETT'S BENEFACTIONS. In such work as the last mentioned Mr Corbett has assisted most munificently in many directions time after time. St. Michael's Church, Brierley Hill, has been restored in great part at his cost. Mr Corbett offered to bear one-half of the outlay required for an entirely new church, but it was felt the local subscriptions which would have been re- quired could not be raised, and the work of restor- ation was carried out at a cost of 95,000, of which Mr Corbett gave half. Long before this the deceased placed two handsome memorial windows in the church in memory of his father and mother, whose grave is near the principal entrance to the churchyard, and is surmounted by a fine monument. The clock at Brierley Hill Church was also the gift of Mr Corbett, who also beautified the churchyard by planting shrubs. Mr Corbett five years ago bore the principal part of the cost of erecting a Mission Church at the Delph, and contributed a handsome proportion of the stipend of the clergyman. His contributions to church restorations at Droitwich, Brornsgrove, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, and other places would make up a long list of figures. Within the last year or two he presented new entrance gates of great value and artistic excellence to Kidder- minster Parish Church. The estasblishment of the Corbett Hospital at Stout-bridge is a benefaction which will hand his name down to prosperity, and increasingly benefit the men and women of the district where he spent his early years. By a trust deed. dated the 13th day of September 1892. Mr Corbett conveyed to trustees the mansion house and estate of thirty acres, 2 roods, and 26 perches, situate at the Hill, Amble- cote, for the establishment of a hospital for the treatment and relief in sickness and accident of poor persons," living in parishes he named. These included Stourbridge, Brierley Hill, Kingswinford, Wordsley, Brockmoor, Quarry Bank, Amblecote, the Delph, Wollaston, Upper Swinford, Pedmore, Hag- ley, Ley, Ley Waste, and Wollescote. Besides presenting the estate and the house (which was once the home of the po-:t Rogers), he thoroughly repaired it, and adapted it for the purposes of a hospital, furnished the building, and started an en- dowment fuad with 92.000, besides which, of course, there was the income from the land of the Hill Estate to aid its maintenance. The outlay in adapt- ing the mansion for a hospital and furnishing it ap- proached Z3,000, and the Hill estate itself is under- stood to have cost £ 6,500. From that time onward Mr Corbett was continually assisting the institution. He fgave £1,000 towards the endowment of a children's ward and L500 to provide additions to the building and furniture at the time of the estab- lishment of a children's ward was decided upon. In 1899 he contributed £ 500 towards the cost of certain improvements, and in the same year intim- ated his wish to erect a house in the grounds which becomes the property of the institution and adds about P,2,000 to the estate. His princely gifts to the Towyn School have also been the means of making that institution one of the best of its kind in the Principality. PARLIAMENTARY CAREER. Mr. Corbett was approached with a view of becoming a candidate for Parliamentary honours, and he offered himself a t the general election of 1874 for the old Parliamentary borough ofDroitwich, which had for a long period been represented by Sir John Pakington, afterwards Lord Hampton. Sir John Pakington vas very indignant at his seat being contested after it had so long been in his undisputed holding. Droitwich, however, com- pletely turned round, and placed Mr Corbett at the head of the poll. He represented Droitwich as an Independent Liberal until 1886. and when he could not conscientiously follow Mr Gladstone's Irish pro- posals he won the seat for the Unionist party by the very considerable majority of 1,270. In 1880 he was opposed by a strong conservative candidate, Mr Allsopp, but the result was so decisive that in 1885 he was returned unopposed. The numbers were Mr Corbett 857, Mr Allsopp 368; majority 459. The borough was merged into the county by the last Reform Bill, and Mr Corbett was opposed in the Mid-Worcestershire Division by Mr A. J. Dadson, an orthodox Liberal. The result was:— Mr Corbett (Independent) 4,031, Mr A. L. Dadson (G. L) 2,761; majority 1,270. When the next election came Mr Corbett felt it would be too great a strain upon his health, in his advancing years, to again seek election, and Mr R. B. Martin became member for the division. It may be mentioned that Mr Corbett took great interest in the snbject of the reform and readjustment of local texation. An improved system of tenure of land was also a question he supported, and he was among those who favoured the claims of women to the suffrage. The depression in agriculture in the country had been the subject of innumbeiable addresses and essays, when Mr Corbett came forward with a pro- posal of high importance for the benefit of the agricultural interest in the part of the Midlands with which he bad been more particularly associated. We refer to his offer to contribute a munificent sum for the establishment of a college of agriculture in Worcester. The fact that so many agriculturists lack that systematic training which he deemed esential to success in their vocation, led Mr Corbett to Imake ¡this important offer for the benefit of future generations of farmers. In rhe town of Droitwich, near which he resided. Mr Corbett carried out improvements which bore greatly on the properity and development of the town. The saline baths of Droitwich are said to to have been in use from the time of occupation of Britain by the Romans. The pilgrimage to Droit- wich baths has been increasing year by year since the time of William IV., and there have been patients not only from all parts of this country, but from distant parts of the world. Not many years ago an Indian Prince and his retinue visited the place. Mr Corbett, observing the continuous increase in the number of visitors, erected what are now known as the St. Andrew's Brine Baths, and afterwards largely extendedthe accommodation they originally afforded. He also built for the benefit of the town the Salters' Hall. The part he took in public meetings in Droitwich and his inter- est in the welfare of the place led to his being invited to perform the ceremony of opening the new railway station in the spring of 1899. When the day arrived Mr Corbett was unable to be present, and Sir Frederick Godson performed the opening ceremony on his behalf. The occasion was not allowed to pass, however, without Mr Cor- bett's great services to the town and his part in its development being fully recognised at the ceremony. Mr Corbett's home at Impney is of striking appearance, in the syle of a French chateau of the period of Francis 1. and Louis XIII., containing numerous interesting and valuable objects of art. His Welsh seat was Ynys-y-Maengwyn, near Towyn, Merioneth. Mr Corbett did much for Towyn by the erection of house, laying out a promenade, and in other ways, and not very long ago the inhabitants presented bim with a finely illuminated address recording their gratitude. Mr Corbett married, in 1856, Hannah, the daughter of Mr J. O Meara, of County Tipperary. He was a magistrate for Worcester and Merioneth- shire, and also a Deputy-Lieutenant for the former county. He was a man of retiring habits, and frequently excused himself from attending public functions at which his presence was desired. But he was always ready to assist any important scheme of a public character put before him, especially if it was for the benefit of places in which he took a personal interest. Mr Corbett for a long period interested himself in railways, canals, docks, and other undertakings. He became a director of the Grand Junction Canal, the Worcester and Birming- ham Canal, the Gloucester and Berkeley Ship Canal, and the Sharpness Docks; he was for many years a Commissioner of the River Severn, and at one time he was a director of a large banking establishment. He was an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a member of the Salters Company. It was a matter of some interest to Mr Corbett that both his Merioneth and Worcestershire estates were in the possession of families of the Corbetts in the reign of Edward I. Mr Corbett gave a substantial donation to the Bir- mingham University Fund, and was a life governor of the institution.
CELLAN. EASTER MEETINGS. The Easter quarterly meetings of the South Wales Unitarian Association were held at.Caeronen Chapel last Wednesday and Thursday. To reach their destination, some of the attendant ministers had to start early and travel far for Lampeter, the nearest point to which the train could take them. From here, they proceeded in five carriages, up the country, alongside the river Tivy, so noted far and wide for its trout and salmon. As they moved along events of a distant past crowded in upon the memory. Was it not along this way Archbishop Baldwin passed eight centuries ago when he made his noted tour through South Wales. And those far sighted monks who built the Cestercian Abbey at Strata Florida, in the twelfth century, was not this the route they often took? And Henry Tudor, too, which way did he go when he marched from Pembroke Dock to Bosworth Field, and thence to the British Throne ? The Caeronen Congregation is one of the oldest nonconforming churches in South Wales; its earliest history being lost in the mist of a far distant past. It is more than probable that the congregation dates from the year 1672. The ministers include the celebrated Rev Phillip Pugh. 1709—1760; Evan Davies, 1726-1747; Timothy Davies, 1737-1771; Evan Davies, 177(8)—1817; John Jeremy (grandfather of W. J. Evans, M.A., the Principal of the Presbyterian College, Carmar- then), 1819-1845; Thomas J. Griffiths (Supply), 1847-1853; David Evans, B.A., 1853-1875. and Rees Cribin Jones, also of Lampeter. from 1871. Since the foundation the church has passed through many and various vicissitudes, not the least inter- esting perhaps is the progress it has undergone in its religous thought from higher Calvinism to modern Unitarianism. The present chapel was built in 1842, and former one still stands, situated at a distance of five minutes walk' off the road, and on the farm which gave it the name of Caeronen. A portion of the gallery remains in^situ. Four services were held this Quarterly, with two sermons at every gathering, eight in all, with a committee meeting as an extra. In the absence of the President, Mr Lewis Noah Williams, the chair was taken bv the Rev Rees C. Jones, and interalia it was resolved (1) that Part II of the Sunday School lessons on St. Luke be prepared and pub- lished at once; (2) that support be given to the New Century appeal; (3) that the Rev R. C. Jones be the delegate of the Association to the May Meetings in London. All the services were well j attended.
I- —— London Letter. London, Wednesday Afternoon. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] THE BUDGET. Opinion varies very much as to the justice of the proposals brought forward by Sir Michael Hicks-Beach for meeting the largfr deficit in the nation's revenue. Few people are inclined to cavil at the rise of 2d in the pound on the Income Tax, but the proposals to tax sugar and exoorted coal are un- popular. The tax on sugar will tell very heavily upon some industries, especially on those, where owing to the keen competition,. prices, are cut down to the lowest figure. An instance of this is found in the mineral water trade. It appears that enormous quantities of sugar are used in the manu- facture of mineral waters, and the tax in the case of one large firm will amount to X25,000 a year. It can be argued that the sugar tax affects all classes of the com- munity, and that it is only fair that the working-men who showed their approval of the war in such an unmistakable fashion a short time ago, should be made to stand their fair share of its cost. The tax on exported coal is on quite a different footing. This tax will only affect those parts of the country from which coal is exported, and notably of course South Wales. It has- been stated in the course of the Monmouth Election that Newport itself will contribute X150,000 a year to the Imperial Exchequer. It is clearly unjust that one comparatively small town should have to bear so heavy a proportion of Imperial Taxation. Bir- mingham and Manchester, Leed, Glasgowp and Bristol will be hardly affected. Should the Monmouth Boroughs be lost to the Conservatives as will probably happen, Sheriff Lawrence will have good cause of complaint against his leaders. THE MONMOUTH ELECTION. The most interesting features of the election at Newport have been the speeches of Col Herbert, who has just returned from the war. ICol Herbert, it will be remembered is a grandson of the late Lady Llanover, and a son of the Hon Mrs Herbert. His grandfather, well known as Sir Benjamin Hall, was one of the leading- Liberal statesmen of his time, and it is pleasing to find his descendant following in his footsteps. In the course of a speech last week Col Herbert put the Irish Question in a nut-shell. He stated how he had come into contact with some of the Irish Regiments on board a transport, while on the way to the front. Afterwards he saw hundreds of these men in the very forefront of battle, fighting for Great Britain. Yet though these men were laying down their lives for the glory of Great Britain the Conservatives of this country said they dared not grant them the privileges of a self-governing colony. THE WAR. The pessimistic speech of Sir Michael Hicks-Beach and the serious financial state of this country, have once moie called attention to the reckless wickedness which was the cause of the war. We are now told that there is little hope of obtaining any return from the gold mines of the Trans- vaal. Some day in the far future they may pay back a portion of the vast expenditure incurred, but it is unlikely that there will be any respite from L-i xition for a long time. The increase in the Income Tax, the Sugar Tax and other taxes have come to stay, and it will be a fortunate thing for this country if the next Budget discloses a more favour- able financial condition. The jingo papers are at last tired of the lies about Boer sur- render. Reuter's optimistic telegrams are received with a laugh or a sneer. Gradu- ally people are coming to believe that the Boers mean business, and have meant busi- ness from the start. The Boer prisoners are now made to say that it will be a fight to the bitter end, but a short year ago the Press told us that they spoke of nothing. but surrender. Day by day the Boers lose a few of their men-last week twenty Boer- prisoners were captured—but the British army is losing men at the rate of three- thousand a month, and there are none to supply the lost places. The British generals make a march in this direction and that direc- tion, they capture a few sheep and cattle and some stray Boers, but as they move along they leave a trail of British dead and sick behind them. Boer soldiers still cap- ture trains of provisions in the heart of British territory, and the plague continues its terrible ravages in Capetown. In the midst of this terrible tragedy, our loyal colonists at the Cape are are talking of send- ing a cricket team over for the summer. THE CYMRU FYDD SOCIETY. A meeting of the Cymru Fydd Society was held at Charing Cross Chapel on Friday last under the presidency of Mr Herbert, Lewis, M.P., when Mr Evan Griffith, of Chelsea, delivered an address on Perygl Cymru." The burden of the remarks made by Mr Griffith was that Welshmen were be- ing carried away by the materialism of the day, and gradually losing their hold of the guiding principles with which life is im- bued in the country districts of Wales. Mr Griffith spoke with enthusiasm of the work done by Robert Owen, and pointed out the duties of an employer towards his workmen. The desire to make wealth rapidly was the curse of the day, and people paid less regard than they used to, as to the methods through which they made money. He was afraid Welshmen in London were carried along in the stream with their English neighbours, but their early training should teach them to withstand the evil influences of English business life. Remarks were subsequently made by Messrs Llewelyn Williams, Watkin Jones, T. E. Morris, and the President.
Birtbs,, marriages and Deaths. BIRTHS. STURDY.—8th April, at Bridge-street, Llanybyther, the wife of Mr F. Sturdy, stationmaster, of & daughter. OWEN-On April 3rd at Rheidol-terrace, wife of Thos. Owen, railway fireman, of a son, MATHEWS—On Tuesday, April 16th., at the Black Lion Hotel, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, the wife of Mr H. Mathews, of a son. DEATHS. EVANS. April 13th, at Standard Bank, Kimberley, South Africa, E. Arthur Evans, second son of Thomas Evans, Cefncwrt, Llangranog, in his 30th year. JONES-April 17th, at Cwmmanne Tavern, Lampeter,, John Jones. JONES.-April 21st Meirionwen, the beloved child of Mr and Mrs W. G. Jones, 2, Queen's-row, Dolgelley, aged 8 months. EVANS.-On the 22nd inst., at Bridge-streat, Lao. peter, Eleanor, the only daughter of Mr J. Jouah Evans, aged 2 years. BOTWOOD.—On April 16th, at the Infirmary, John Griffith Botwood, mariner, aged 27 years. ELLIS.-On April 17th, at Great Darkgate-street, Mary Ellis, ironmonger, aged 61 years EVAN.On April 16th, at Blaenplwyf, Jane Evans, wife of William Evans, aged 73 years. EDWARDS.—On April 13th, at High-street, Catherine, wife of John Edwards, shoemaker, aged 65 years. HINDLEY,-On April 22nd, at Dinas View, Llanbadam Road, Ellen Hindley, school teacher, aged 38". years. PRITCHARD.-On April 23rd, at South-road, Elizabeth,. wife of William Pritchard, aged 50 years. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEORGBT REES, at the "WELSH GAZETTE" Printeries, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, n the County of Cardigan, Thursday, April 25th,. 1901,