ABERYSTWYTH. ( AGRICULTURE.- The College authorities are t advertising for a county lecturer in Agriculture at a salary of P,200 a year. LIBERALISM.—At a meeting of the Radical Club on Friday evening it was decided to invite Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman to open the new buildings of the club in the Autumn R.W.L.C.-The famous Royal Welsh Ladies Choir, under the conductorship of Madame Clara Novello Da vies, will visit Aberystwyth on Saturday. August 17th, and will give a grand concert in the evening at the New Market Hall. The name of the choir is a sufficient guarantee as to the musical treat which can be expected, and the visit will be eagerly looked forward to. PUBLIC LIBRARY.—The committee met last Wednesday. Present: Alderman C.M.Williams (presiding), Messrs George Davis, J.P., and Evan H. James, and Rev George Eyre Evans. Bills were passed for payment, and the Book Selection Sub- committee was instructed to purchase a further quantity of books to an amount not exceeding z, r, LIO. Certain necessary cleaning and painting was ordered to oe done. LIFEBOAT PRACTICE-The quarterly practice of the lifeboat crew took place on Monday. The launch, which was witnessed by thousands of people from the Pier and Promenade, was carried out under the superintendence of Capt. Doughton, the hon. sec. The sea in the Bay was rather rough, with a strong wind. The boat, which was in Charge of Mr David Williams, coxswain, remained out for about an hour, and went through the usual exercises of sailing and rowing. EXCURSIONISTS—The influx of visitors to the town is increasing day by day, and within the next week or fortnight will have reached its highest marK. A large number of excursionists have also visited the town during the past few days. On Saturday last workmen at the Cambrian Railway Works,Oswestry, with their families, carufi down for their annual outing. Two large excursion trains also arrived from Birmingham, and there was another large contingent of tinplaters from Llanelly. On Monday there was an excursion from Whitchurch and Oswestry and on Thursday there will be another from Pool Quay and Newtown. GOOD TEMPLARS.—The Ystwyth Lodge of Good Templars held their weekly meeting at Llanbadarn on Friday evening last, when the following pro- gramme was gone through: Recitation, Mr D. Davies; song, Miss L. M. Jones; recitation, Mr J. Jones. An interesting paper was read by Miss Pritchard, Pier-street, on "Temlvddiaeth Dda." Addresses were delivered by the Revs D. R. Williams and Cynddelw Williams, and Messrs R. Jones and D. Thomas. ORITLTARY.-The death took place on Friday, at the residence of her son, Mr J. P. Thomas, Great Darkgate-street, of Mrs Margaret Thomas, wife of Captain David Thomas, Powell-street. Deceased, who was sixty-eight years of age was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Page, of this town. She had been a faithful member of the Tabernacle C.M. Chapel for fully forty years. The funeral, which was a private one, took place on Wednesday morning. POLICE CASES—John William Davies, barber, Trefechan, was brought up at the Police Station on Thursday last, charged with sleeping in a carriage at Mr Jenkins' slate yard, Queen's-road. A fine of 5s and costs, in default 14 days' hard labour, was f imposed.—On the same day, Elizabeth Trevellian, of Oswestry, was charged with having been drunk on the highway at Marine-terrace. She was bound over in the sum of Zl to be of good behaviour for six monihs.-On Tuesday, Geo. Moorhouse, Liver- pool, mason, was charged with begging alms on the previous day. He was cautioned and dis- i-liarged. NEW STEAM YACHT.—There arrived at Aber- ystwyth on Friday last a new steam saloon yacht the property of Captain Doughton Thelittle vessel, which has a smart appearance, is named the Urania. She has a length of 44 feet by 9 feet 6 inches, with a depth of 5 feet. s.She was built at Port Glasgow by Messrs Rogers and Co., and steamed all the way to Aberystwyth in command of Captain Doughton. She will run trips in the Day daily during the sea- son, and also occasional trips to Aberdovey, New Quay, and Aberayron, or any other places she may be chartered to by parties and families. The Urania will be in charge of Captain Doughton, and as ha holds the highest certificates of a master mariner, visitors and others may rely that their .safety will be well guarded while under his care. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.—A meeting of the Assessment Committee or the Aberystwyth Uniqn was held on Monday at the New Market Hall, when there were present—Messrs G. Fossett Roberts (chairman). James Jones, David Davies, Evan Lewis, T. E. Salmon, Edwin Morris, Richard James, Richard Thomas, John Morgan and Daniel Morris. The Committee considered a number of objections to the valuation lists in the Union. The supple- mental valuation lists for the parish of Llanilar were submitted and amended, and ordered to be re-deposited. The supplemental valuation list for the parish of Henllys was approved of, and con- sideration of that for the parish of Trefeirig was adjourned to the next meeting. The overseers for the parish of Vaenor Lower were ordered to bring in a supplemental valuation list, and the overseers of Aberystwyth were ordered to revise the existing valuation of the parish by October next. ACCIDENT ON CAMBRIAN RAILWAY.—Much dislocation of traffic occurred on Friday night on the Cambrian Railway through a goods train getting off the line at Pool Quay, two stations from VVelshpool. The accident happened about 7 o'clock, and as both lines were blocked passengers and mails had to be transferred from one train to another, and in the case of the north express it was an hour late reaching Whitchurch. A breakdown gang worked all night, and the railway was soon got clear. The train due at Aberystwyth at 9.35 did not arrive until 11.5 p.m. Notwithstanding the inconvenience, passengers spoke in the highest terms of the successful efforts made to minimise the delay by all possible means, and not a few were delighted to find themselves at Aberystwyth a few minutes after eleven when they did not hardly expect to reach there until the early hours of the morning. PIASCRGG.-For some reason or other this favourite walk is sadly neglected this season, and is in a worse condition than it has been for many years. The hedges are untrimmed and encroach into the pathway, and the roadside and footpaths present anything but a tidy appearance. It would be well if the Corporation were to take the work of beautifying Plascrug in hand forthwith. With but little cost the old Plascrug buildings could be made one of the most picturesque spots in the neighbourhood, as the site lends itself easily to a boilding that is of much prettier design than the present laager." At present this spot is nothing but a general kitchen midden, whereas, with a little care it could be converted into a rustic garden where ivy should clothe the rock instead of the unsightliest ot retuse. LONDON COLLEGE OF Music.-The following are the results of an examination recently held by the London College of Music at the Aberystwyth Town Hall :-Primary, L. James, Peitbyll; Thos I. Rees, Bow Street; Aerona Jones, Aberayron J. H. Jones, Aberayron Hannah M. Pugh, kberayron; and Thomas Jones, Talybont. Elementary, Bessie Rees, Llanfibangel; Elsie Williams, Llanfihangel Miranda Edwards, Bow Street; Martha R. Davies, Aberayron E. M. Jones, Aberayron David A. Lewis, Aberayron; Stanley M. Thomas, Aberyst- wyth: Minnie Jones, Taliesin. Intermediate, Lilian Edwards, Bow Street; Catherine E. Brown, Aberystwyth; Gwen M. Jones, Aberystwyth; Elizabeth A. Davies, Aberayron; Ella S. Jones, Aberayron. Senior, Hughie Jones, Aberllefeni; Elizabeth Davies, Aberayron, and Bertha M. Jones, Aberayron. The examiner was Mr Kingston, Mas. Bac (Cantab), and the local secretary, Mr J. T. Bees, Mus Bac. THE WEATHER.—At last the long looked for breach in the spell of the hot weather has arrived -the wave has broken. And what a relief all round I Even fish were dying in the dry beds of some of the smaller streams. Great Britain has not been visited by such a long spell of hot weather since about 1855, the time of the Crimean War. In those days the Rheidol river was repre- sented by a tiny ribbon of water. Coming home from school with a number of other lively boys it occurred to one of us to have the river Kheidol in a cap, so we raced for the privilege- first come first served. I was first and had to aarape a hole sufficiently deep in the bed of the river to put my cap in for the river to fill it, several minutes being necessary to do sol Those were hard times for the poor-flour being sold at Zi lbs for a shilling. As yet the country gener- ally has not been very badly pushed for the want of water. The present great heat wave reached Great Britain about the 18th of June, increased in intensity nntil the28t,hor tbe29th, when the exposed thermometer read 111 deg and 112 deg, and shade 81-1 and 86 1 respectively, On July 4 the readings were shade 82-3. Exposed 95 0. July 7th 76-3 shade, 1034 exposed. „ 8th 760 „ 1070 18th 84-1 11 107-1 11 „ 19th 76-1 „ 1080 >, „ 20th 828 106-3 1 11 21st 82-0 95-0 11 -On Saturday, the 20th inst, the oppressiveness reached its climax. What little wind theie was came from the W, so that all the coldDess had been taken out of it and absorbed by the sea, the air being positively hot, reminding one of the Sirocco. We must not blame Davy Jones (the sea) for doing this now and again during the summer months, for it is quite the usual thing to do in the winter, thus making Aberystwyth an unrivalled winter resort. It is an established fact that the weather at Aberystwyth is as many as 8 degrees warmer in the winter, and 8 degrees cooler in the summer than any other health resort in the king- dom. A heavy thunderstorm with vivid flashes of lighting passefl over the town on Wednesday noon when rain fell in torrents.-B. Kenrick, M,C.Â.s,. TRIPLETS.—This week, the wife of Mr E. L. Jones, r grocer, North, Parade, gave birth to triplets-all three being daughters. DEATH.— On Friday last a visitor named Mrs Sarah E. Jones, died at 33, Marine-terrace. De- ceased, who was 57 years of age, came from Bodowen, near Oswestry, and had been staying in the town for about a month. Her body was con- veyed by train to Boduwen on Monday for inter- ment. PETTY SESSIONs.-The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday before Mr E. P. Wynne (Mayor), Mr 3. M. Williams and Mr Thos Griffiths. Jno Lewis, Portland-road, foundryman, was charged by P.O. Rowlands with being drunk and disorderly at 1 a.m. on Sunday last. Fined 5s and costs. REKKIGEBATINO.—There has just been erected in the shop of Mr Tom Rowlands, Bridge street, butcher, one of those large refrigerating machines, from the establishment of Hall's of Derby. Its value and benefit to customers especially during this sultry weather cannot be overestimated. All who are in- terested in the proper preservation of meat, &c, should call at this establishment and personally inspect the refrigerator. REMOVAL ot* PAPERS.—For some days past com- plaints have been made by readers as to the removal :>f a certain daily paper from the tables of the Public Reading Room—where a strongly worded notice is now prominently displayed informing a "certain person that if taken again the matter will be reported." Cases similar to this in public reading rooms are invariably firmly dealt with when the culprit is known or caught in the act. STONE TippjN;G.- One unfortunate result of the long continued stone-tipping on to Craiglas beach from the quarry above has. for some weeks past, been making itself felt, in the washing up by the sides of the sharp, angular stones on the South and Clarach shores, where bathers and those who troll here when the tide is low, find the sands littered with this debris, which the tides fail to entirely carry out to sea. OBETUARY.—Mr and Mrs J. D. Speficer, of Momington House, Llanbadarn.road, have the deepest sympathy of their friends and neighbours in their sad bereavement through the death—after only a few days' illness-of their eldest son, Master John Denis Denley Spencer, a bright and promising child of seven. The little boy attended at the National School as usual on Friday, was taken ill later in the day, and by Sunday evening had passed away. The funeral which was private took place on Tuesday niorning,lthe interment being made at the Cemetery, the Rev T. Williams, B.A., officiating. POSTAL COMPLAINTS.-Frequent and not uncall- ed for are the complaints at the irritating delays in the delivery of letters in the town. This is said to be largely due to the constant changing of post- men on the walk3, and especially in the case of Penglais and Llanbadarn roads, to the size and awkward nature of the round, which is now quite divisible into two rounds. Even when the morning mail is in to time, it is often 9 30 a.m. before letters are delivered at the far ends of these roads. Also greater care and stringency are called for in the oversight of the time-tablets on the letter boxes. On Wednesday morning (yesterday), at 9.55 a.m. the tablet on a certain pillar-box in town, informed the public that the next collection was to be at 6.30 a.m. This means either that the box bad not been cleared for the first delivery, or that the tablet bad not been changed at the time of clearing. It is much to be desired that the Post-master should put himself more into touch with the general pub- lic, and exercise greater surveillance so as to prevent the repetition of such blunders, which are at once annoying and misleading. cl COUNTY SCHOOL.—When it became known lately that Mr J. Howell, B.A., B. Sc., had accepted an important appointment as Science Master in Auckland Grammar School, New Zealand, a move- went was at once set on foot to present him with a suitable testimonial as a mark of the estimation in which he was held by his colleagues and pupils, and as a recognition of the many and valuable services he had rendered the school in his own scientific, as well as in other depart- ments of school work. The testimonial took the form of a photographic camera and stand, and some excellent pictures of the County School and some groups of pupils. The presentation took place in the Central Hall at an Assembly of the school on Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock. The Headmaster took the chair, and referred to his first acquaintance with Mr Howell eleven years ago when he came to help him at the Old Bank School. He referred to Mr Howell's worth and character, and the indebtedness of the school to him in many directions. The school owed much to him in important branches other than those which were Mr Howell's own in the school curriculum. He expressed his regret at the decision come to by Mr Howell to leave here for a new sphere of work, and wished him abundant health and happiness to pursue his favourite studies in his far-off home. Miss Ewart, M.A., senior mistress, pointed out the great help Mr Howell had rendered in initiating the Hockey Club, and the training he had given the teams, which had resulted in the first year of the Club's existence being very notable for its success in the matches which had been played. Mr N. H. Thomas, B.A., Classical Master referred to Mr Howell's excellent qualities as a colleague and expressed the sincerest hope that Mr and Mrs Howell might enjoy health and every comfort in their new home. David Jonathan Jones, one of the senior boy pupils read, an address which had been prepared in which sentiment was expressed that two good institutions, both having noble and glorious aims would be ever gratefully and dearly remembered by Mr Howell-the" College by the sea" where he had been a student and the School on the hill" where he had been a master; Lizzie Jones, senior girl pupil, in a pretty speech, then made the presentation, asking Mr Howell's acceptance of the testimonial as a token of the respect of Colleagues and pupils and tneir apprecia- tion of his work and sterling character. Mr Howell suitably replied, and in the course of his remarks said he meant to return to this country again; he expressed his regret at leaving the County School and the town where he left friends and colleagues from whom he had received much kindness. As for his pupils here, he found among them many who would eventually do well having brilliant abilities. He urged them to do work which would reflect credit on their school. He wished his pupil and the school at all times every success for the future. Mr Elsden, assistant master, referred to the good work done by Mr Howell, not only in school, but in connection with the workmen's club in Progress Hall. The indebtedness of that institution to Mr Howell was very great. The interest he had shown in its welfare and the energy he bad thrown into work connected with it laid the institution under great obligation to him. Mr John Evans, Clerk to the local managers, was unable to be present at the meeting. The head- master at the close of the meeting said he had hoped Mr Howell had come to remain permanently, and had looked forward to his assistance in future years in training the County School boys and girls, to excite an interest in and to help them to study some of the very best authors of modern literature, a branch of study for which Mr Howell was eminently fitted. Mr Howell leaves the town on this day "(Thursday), and sails about the middle of August. Auckland is expected to be reached about October 5th and Mr Howell enters upon his new duties at once. LAW CASE. At the Rhyl County Court last week, the adjourned case of Margaret Williams, the widow of the late Dr C A. Williams, head master of Abergele County School, v Isaac Williams, of Abergele. formerly of Aberystwyth, was down for hearing, It was to decide the ownership of an insurance payment, due from the Prudential Assurance Company on the death of the late Dr Williams, his widow claiming the money, and Mr Williams, his foster parent, also claiming it. Mr J. Bryn Roberts, M.P., appeared for the plaintiff (instructed by Messrs Gamlin and Williams, of Rhyl), and Mr E. A. Crabbe, of Abergele, appeared for the defence. The latter applied for an adjournment, owing te the absence of his counsel at the Ruthin Assizes, but before the application was decided it was agreed to take the evidence of two witnesses from Aberystwyth.—Jenkyn Vaughan, one of the witnesses, stated that he was agent for the Prudential Assurance Company, and he negotiated the policy of insurance of Mr C. A. Williams. Mr Isaac Williams came to him and stated that his son wanted to be insured as the expense of his educa- tion was great, and if anything happened the money would be some good to some one, The premiums were always paid by Isaac Williams personally while he lived in Aberystwyth, and by letter afterwards. A covering note sent by Isaac Williams with the remittance in 1897 was put in also a postcard written by the late Dr Williams, and signed with the initials of the defendant. showing, Mr Bryn Roberts contended, that Dr Williams regarded his father as the principal.— Thomas Vaughan, son of the preceding witness, stated that he sometimes assisted his father in the insurance business, and on September 29, 1900, Mr Isaac Williams, when spending a holiday at Aber- ystwyth, called upon him and paid the premium due on October l.-Mr Crabbe then made his application for an adjournment, stating that as soon as he heard from Mr S.Moss, M.P., his counsel, that he would be unable to attend, he sent a notice to Messrs Gamlin and Williams.—Mr Bryn Roberts said he was sorry to have to oppose the application, as it would impose great hardship upon the plain- tiff.-His Honour said it was more satisfactory that there should be an adjournment, and it would be granted, Mr Crabbe to pay the costs of the day. THE BAPTIST UNION. At the meetings of the Baptist Unien of Wales at Porth last week, the Rev Dr Morris selected as the subject of his presidential address the Thought of the Nineteenth Century in its Relation to Evangelical Theology." He declared that in spite of opposite tendencies religion and theology bad not only maintained their ground but had made very substantial progress during the last century. I'heology had never been so important or religion io flourishing as at the present moment. The various missionary societies had done more work since the beginning of the last century than was done in the ten previous centuries, and if the attacks had been many and numerous so it had been in every age, and God always raised someone to vanquish the attacking parties. Despite the assaults of philosophy, science, Romanism, and scepticism the Gospel was prospering, and they had no reason to despond in view of the attacks of the present day. The canon of the New Testament stood on stronger foundations to-day than ever before. Dr Morris spoke for an hour and a half. His address was intently followed and frequently applauded. Principal Edwards, of Cardiff, moved the hearty thanks of the Union to Dr Morris both for his address and his services in the chair during the year. This was seconded by Dr Gomer Lewis and carried. Subsequently Dr Morris vacated the chair and installed the Rev W. P. Williams, Landore, as the president of the Baptist Union of Wales for the ensuing year.
BOW STREET. ElSTEDDFOD.-On Saturday afternoon last a success ful eisteddfod was held at the Board School,Talybont, under the auspices of the Independent Chapel, Cwm- erfyn. Captain Pryse, Cwmsymlog, presided, and the Rev D. C. Jones was the conductor. In the chief choral competition, Hyfryd Ganaan," the prize was awarded to the Ystumtuen Choir. A party from the same neighbourhood also won the prize for the best rendering of "Gwell ymlaen 0 hyd." In the challenge solo competition, the prize of a silver medal was won by Mr Haydn Jones. Aberystwyth. Miss Jennie Morgan, Pontrhydygroes, also carried off the prize of a silver m?dal in the challenge recitation competition. Miss Morgan's recitation, according to the adjudicator, was worthy of the National Eistedd- fod, and he predicted for her a brilliant future. To- ward the end of the meeting Miss Morgan gave an- other recitation, in response to an encore. Miss Elizabeth Ann Davies, Cwmerfyn, was awarded the prize for the best recitation of "Emynau i Blant." Prizes were also won by Messrs Thomas Edwards, Goginan Gwilym Davies, Cwmerfyn; David Evans, Nantyberfedd, etc., in the various competitions. During the evening, a duet was rendered by Mr Hugh Morgan Evans and friend. The accompanist was Mr J. E Jones, A.C., Penygarn. The adjudica- tors were—music, Mr J. T. Rees, Mus. Bac. Peny- garn; literature, &c., Rev E. Wnion Evans, Machyn- lleth, and others. A vote of thanks was accorded to Captain Pryse and Lady Pryse (who was also present) and to others who had given their assist- ance in promoting the concert. The proceeds were in aid of the Independent Chapel, Cwmerfvn, and it is understood that a substantial sum was "realised.
PENCADER. TEA PARTY.—The annual teaparty in connection with the Pencader Independent SuijdaySchool was given on Saturday afternoon last at that chapel. About eighty persons sat down to a good tea, cake, and other delicious things provided by the members. The tables were presided over by Miss Daniels, Fwrndy Mrs Evans, School House; Mrs Joseph, Mile End; Miss Rachel Davies, Glantalog; Miss Mary Jane Thomas, Troedrhiwfer; Miss Thomas, Waungader add Miss Jane Evans, Green Vale. After tea gnmes and sports were indulged in, and these were under supervision of the Rev J. Lloyd Jones, pastor; Messrs W. D. Evans, Evan Joseph, and Thomas Davies, Glantalog. The event was looked forward to by the children with great interest, and jndging from tneir various opinions on the tea party, they now again eagerly await for another turn. The weather throughout the atternoon was most favourable, and all r-eemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. EFioici NGs :-This quiet little village presented an unusual scene of rejoicings on Monday afternoon last, the occasion being the return from South Africa of Private Thomas Evans, of the Dublin Light Infantry Volunteers, and son of the late John Evans, proprietor of the Cardigan and Llandvssil Coach. In s "n spite of the "drizzling rain a large number of persons, some, residing at a distance assembled at the railway station to accord the gallant private a hearty welcome. A committee had been formed to make arrangements for his home-coming, and the Llandyssil Brass Band had been engaged for the occasion. Private Evans was due to arrive by the 6.10 p.m. train, and the Brass Band played several selections of airs pending his arrival. On the line fog-signals were placed, and these gave the anxiously waiting crowd a signal of the train's arrival. The engine which was bedecked with flags and mottoes whistled loudly, and three more engines joined to make a chorus, and the shrill noise was deafening. On alighting from the train, the gallant private was carried shoulder high, amid the lusty and prolonged cheers of the crowd, to the main road where a procession was formed. The procession was headed by the band, followed by Private Evans on horseback, the horse being gaily decorated with banners. Then came the spectators a large number of whom carried flags, and patriotic emblems. All along the route, manifestations of welcome were evident. Having parades through the village, the procession then wended its way to a neighboruing field kindly lent for the occasion by Mrs Davies, Farmer's Arms, where short speeches were delivered by Messrs W. D. Evans, School House who presided, Evan Saunders, J. L. Jones, Albion House, Joh Davies, Glanant Factory, Evan Davies, Allt- fechan, and D. F. Hughes, Llandyssil. Later in the evening Private Evans was entertained to an ex- cellent supper at the Farmer's Arms, presided over by Dr Tom Evans, Llandyssil, and the toast of the gallant volunteer was drunk with musical honours. A testimonial will be made to Private Evans in the course of a fortnight.
GOGINAN. CLADDEDIGAETH.—Cymerodd angladd Mr J. Mason, grocer, Melindwr House, Gelli, Rhondda, le dydd Mercher, 17eg, pryd y daearwyd ei wecldillion yn mynwent Jezreel. Yr oedd yr angladd yn un o'r rhai mwyaf parchus a thywysogaidd a welwyd erioed yn y gymydogaeth. Gwasanaethwyd yn y capel gan y Parch A. Williams, gweinidog yr eg- lwys, o ba un oedd gr ymadawedig yn ddiacon gweithgar, ac ar lan y bedd gan y Parch J. D. Evans, Goginan. Yr oedd -yr ymadawedig yn wr ffyddlon ac yn ofni Duw yn fwy na llawer." Yr oedd iddo air da gan bawb,ac mae lliaws o'i gyd- nabod yn tystiolaethu am ei gymeriad pur, ei ys- bryd addfwyn a'i natur garedig. Bytul ei golli ef yn golled fawr i Jezreel-ei fam eglwys oblegid ei roddion sylweddol, parhaus iddi. Boed heddwch i'w lwch.
BORTH. PROPERTY SALE.—On Wednesday Messrs Daniel Son, and Meredith, auctioneers, Aberystwyth, Towyn, and Barmouth, conducted a successful sale of properties. All the properties offered were situate at Borth. The freehold dwelling house and premises known as St Helier was sold to Mr W. T. Lewis, London House, Borth, for £170. The freehold dwelling house and premises called Richmond House were knocked down to the same purchaser at £142. The freehold house and premises called Clapton House, together with the building site adjoining were withdrawn, but the auctioneers are prepared to dispose of it by private treaty. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION.—The triennial election of School Board for the Cyfoethybrenin district, will take place on August 2nd. The last day for withdrawal will be July 26Lh. The follow- ing seventeen persons have been nominated for the nine vacant seats-Old members—Jno. Edwards, Penygarn; Evan Evans, Vicarage, Llanfihangel; Thomas Jenkins, Pengoitan Thomas Jones, Dole; Jonathan Bunce Morgan, Glanfread; William Morgan, Pwllglas; Dd. Rees, Tynpark; James Richards, Glanlery; and Enoch James Williams, Penygraig, Borth. New members—Ed. Edwards, Penygroes, Llanfihangel; Jno. Charles Evans, rremydon, Borth; Jno. James, Y Fagwyr, Borth; rhomas James, Tynrhos, Bow Street; Jno. Jenkins, Pantyperan; Jno. Griffith Jones, Ruelisaf; Wm. rones, Brynrodyn; and Owen Morris, Tynllech- vedd, Borth.
.& "T'Y' 1 IS 1Jti. BOARD OE GUARDIANS.—Mrs Mary Thomas, Maen- gwyn-street, grocer, has been nominated to fill the vacancy on the Board, caused by the resignation of Mrs Maglona Lloyd. Unless Mrs Thomas with- draws she Will be elected a Guardian on the 3rd of August. GRAIG CHAPEL.—The pulpit at Graig Inde- pendent Chapel was occupied on Sunday last by Mr Emlyn Davies, son of Mr Edward Davies, Glandovey. Mr Daviss is at present a student at College, and intends becoming a missionary. j MINISTERIAL.—Mr Parry, who has acted as layman in connection with the Wesleyan Chapel at Commins Cocb, has passed his final examination qualifying him for entrance to a theological college. Mr Parry intends to enter Tichbury College, Manchester, where he will remain for three years previous to entering the ministry. SUCCESS.—His many friends will be glad to learn of the success achieved by Mr L. Jones Williams, eldest son of Mr D. Davies-Williams, who has passed the Civil Service examination for Assistants of Excise held in May last. There were nearly 1,000 candidates for 20 appointments, and Mr Williams was awarded 13th place. He had studied at King's College, London, for four years prepara- tory to entering for the examination. COUNTY SCHOOL.—Edward Richard Vaughan, a pupil of this school, has passed the matriculation examination of the University of London in the first division. Charles Owen has passed into the London and Provincial Bank. The tennis tourna- ments are now on and the winners will be presented with racquets on Friday next, when the school will break up for the summer holidays. DR BARNARDO'S Boys.-Dr Barnardo's Musical Boys gave a grand concert on Wednesday evening in last week at the Town Hall, under the direction of Mr James B. Wookey. Mr Jenkins, National Provincial Bank, occupied the chair. The pro- gramme consisted of handbell ringing, selections i on the bag-pipes, and songs. There was a good audience, and the concert proved very enjoyable. CYMREIGYDDION SOCIETY.—We learn that the executive committea of this Society have already commenced their arrangements for next session, and several gentlemen of high standing in the world of letters have been secured to read papers. The opening meeting- has been fixed for October 23rd, when Mr T. Darlington H.M.I.S., Aberystwyth will read a paper on" Llenyddiaeth a chened- laetholdeb yng ngwledvdd y Gogledd." Dr Lloyd Owen, of Birmingham, has now become an honorary I member of the Society. DEATH IN AMERICA.—On June 4th laqt, after three weeks painful illness, the death took place in America of Mr Edward W. Lewis, of the Judson district. The deceased was'born in 1832 at Forge, Montgomeryshire, and when he reached his 17th year he emigrated with his parents to America. About forty-one years ago he married Mrs Ann Lewis, at South Trenton, N.Y., and nine children were born to them, of whom seven are alive, viz.. Mrs Lydia Ann James, Wayne, Neb; Mrs Emma E. Little. Mrs Ruth F. Roberts, William S. Lewis, Grant W. Lewis. Judson; Mrs Alice J. Williams, Batternut Valley, and Edward E. Lewis, who is at home with his mother. Mr Lewis and his family made their home in the Judson Settlement several years ago. THE VOLUNTEERS.—The local Volunteers, to the number of forty, returned home on Saturday last after having spent an enjoyable week in camp at Porthcawl The weather was highly favourable, notwithstanding that on some days it became well-nigh tropical. Thursday was a field day, and all the men were called out at 3 a.m. Until 3 o'clock in the afternoon they were engaged in different manoeuvres, and marched several miles under the glare of the scorching sun—a most trying experience. The principal complaint amongst the men seems to be that the camp did not last long enough. The Machynlleth contingent was under the command of Colour-sergeant Instructor Wilson. WESLEYAN FESTIVAL.—A meeting of represen- tatives of the Wesleyan Churches in the Machynlleth, Borth, and Dinas Mawddwy circuits was held at Macbynlleth on Saturday last to make arrangements for the annual' musical festival. It was decided that next year's festival be held in the second week in June. Mr James Lewis, Corris, was elected conductor Mr W. O. Jones, Tottenham House, was re-elected secretary. This is the fifth year Mr Jones has held the secretarial office, and eulogistic references were made to his faithful and persevering duties in that capacity. Mr James Griffiths, Corris, was also re-elected treasurer for the fifth time in succession. The duties of secretary for the Maes Llafur were entrusted to Mr Richard Jones, Glasfryn House. Miss Humphreys, Cvvmlline, and Miss Evans, Bristol House, were appointed accompanists, and the following were appointed chairmen of the respective meetings:—Morning, Rev Berwyn Roberts, Corris; afternoon, Rev Mr Williams, Dinas Mawddwy; evening, Rev J. T. Jones.
CORRIS. AN OUTIMG.-On Thursday the young people forming Miss Dix's Waifs ancf Strays," sewing class were given a pleasant outing to the seaside They had worked hard all last winter making garments f. r the little gutter children, the home- less, and i he orphans rescued by the Church of England's Waifs and Strays Society, and to encourage them in their self-sacrificing labour of love, Mrs and Miss Dix decided to give them all a treat to the seaside with a picnic tea. About twenty of them went to Borth for their trip, and one and all thoroughly enjoyed the outing. The time to return home came all too soon, and the excursionists dispersed to their homes eager for the work of the corning winter, and hoping that the trip would become an annual adjunct to the Sewing Class. SCHOOL REPORTS.—The following are the Govern- ment Reports of the schools, under the Talyllyn School Board for the past. year:-Aberllefenni Board School: "This school continues to be main- tained in a satisfactory condition of efficiency. The work was found to be relatively more advanced at the second visit of inspection than at the first. Arithmetic in some of the classes is unven and should receive increased attention next year, especially in the infant class. Average attendance: 60; grant, £ 66; Sarah Owen passed fairly; grant, El; Lilian Roberts passed."—Tynyberth Board School: This school continues to be carefully and conscientiously conducted, and its efficiency is well maintained. Average attendance, 41; grant, P,45 2s; Richard Lewis passed well; grant, E2; Hannah Jones fairly; grant, El.Infant Class: The infants are taught with care, and with satis- factory success on the whole. More use should be made of the home language of the children in giving the oral lessons. Number charts would be helpful. Average attendance. 29; grants, P,24 13s; M. J. Oliver is continued under Art. 68 of the code." —Corris Board School: -1 The instruction continues to be industriously given, and the condition of the school is in most respects satisfactory. Reading and mental arithmetic in the second class, and handwriting and drawing are uneven and should receive careful attention next year. Singing, both by ear and note, is very pleasing. Average attend- ance's; grants, £80 6s; Louisa Thomas is con- tinued under Art. 68 of the Code D. J. Williams passed."—Infant Class: "The infants are, on the whole, very fairly advanced in their work. Number and object lessons are not so satisfactory as the other subjects of instruction, and should receive more intelligent attention next year. Average attendance, 28; grant, £ 23 16s.As shown above, each department of every school obtained the highest possible grants this year.
CEMMES. MARWOLAETH.—Mehefin 12fed, 1901, yn ei gar- tref yn Williamsburg, Iowa, bu farw John H. Jones, cigydd, yn 60 mlwydd a 9 diwrnod oed. Ganwyd Mr Jones yn Cemmes, Sir Drefaldwyn Pan yn 29 oed ymfudodd gyda'i rieni i'r America gan ym- sefydlu yn ardal Williamsburg. Mehefin 22, 1876, ymbriododd a Mrs Mary Williams, a buont fyw am un mlynedd ar ddeg ar fferm tuadwy filldir a haner o'r dref. Tua /44 mlynedd yn ol symudodd ef a'i deulu i dref Williamsburg, ac ymgymerod Mr Jones a'r gwaith o fod yn gigydd. Bu yn flaenor ffyddlawn yn eglwys y M. C. yn Williamsburg am 20 mlynedd hefyd efe oedd yn arwain y canu, a tbeimlir y golled ar ei ol yn fawr. Gadawodd wraig a phump o blant, dau frawd a chwaer, i alaru ar el ol. Cafodd gladdedigaeth anrhydeddus a lluosog.
LLANBRYNMAIR. INQUEST.—On Thursday afternoon last Mr John Rowland, solicitor, Machynlleth, coroner, held an inquest at Minffordd, Llanbrynmair, touching the death of Richard Jones, mason. The following were sworn on the jury:—Messrs Daniel Howells (foreman), J. T. oones, Richard Humphreys, John Jones, F. Miller, Thomas Owens, Owen Humphreys, Richard Jones, Richard Breeze, D. Roberts, John Roberts, D. Jones, Thomas Swancott, and Thomas Lewis. The first witness called was Catherine Jones, wife of the deceased. She said her husband was a mason by trade, and had been in constant employment. On the day of his death be was in his usual health. He had been a little previously unwell, and was attended by Dr Edwards. The doctor called at the house in passing on Monday, the 15th, and saw him. He remained with him for about ten minutes or quarter of an hour. On Tuesday he appeared as usual, and had his break- fast and dinner at tije,lisut II time. After dinner hey had a conversation together, after which he went to the workshop, where he was engaged en- graving on stonLater she sent her little daughter, 7 years old (Martha Elizabeth), to see him in the workshop. She returned, and told her that he was on the loft above, on the floor. She afterwards went up, and saw him tied round the neck with a cord. She undid rhe cord herself, but he did not say anything. Maggie Evans then came in, and went for Jonathan Lewis, a roadman, who came to her assistance, as well as Daniel Roberts. The cord produced was the one to which he was tied. He appeared a little depressed at times, but there was nothing in his circumstances to cause that feeling. He was 48 years of age. Maggie Evans, servant with the last witness, gave corroborative evidence. Jonathan Lewis, roadman, deposed that he knew tLe deceased very well. Between two and three o'clock on Tuesday, Maggie Evans, the last witness came to him on the road and asked him to come to the house. He went at once. He passed Mrs Jones at the door, and saw the deceased on the floor. The cord had been loosened. There was life in him then. There were marks of a cord on the back of the neck, and his face was a little dis- coloured. During dinner hour, both he and de- ceased bad eaten at the same table, and afterwards had a conversation together. There was nothing unusual in his appearance. Dr Edwards, medical attendant, said he attended the deceased about two months ago, but he was not under his care at the time of his death. He bad turned in to the work shop on Monday, and remained with him in con- versation for about 20 minutes. He was engaged in engraving. Deceased asked witness if he could go to his usual occupation as mason, to which he said that he could go the day after. He seemed in very fair health, and- in good spirits as far as he 3ould see. Death in his opinion, was due to stran- gulation. The jury returned a verdict of Suicide, while in a state of temporary insanity."
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REJOICINGS AT LLAN- I I DINAM. Coming-of-Agc OF Mr. David Davies. An Interesting Gathering. Presentation of Addresses. The quiet and picturesque village of Llandinam was yesterday (Wednesday) the scene of a pleasant and memorable gathering, the occasion being the coming of age of Mr David Davies, of Plas Dinam. Mr Davies attained his majority on May 11th last, but in order not to interrupt his University studies it was deemed advisable to postpone the celebration until the present time. The event will also be celebrated in South Wales, in those districts where Mr Davies has large interests, on Friday and Saturday, August 2nd and 3rd, when the workmen at the seven or eight Ocean Co's collieries in the Rhondda, Ynysbwl, Ogmore, and Garw Valleys will be entertained at a monster festival on the Ystradfechan grounds, Treorky. Wednesday's proceedings were marked with great enthusiasm and the village,situate amidst beautiful surroundings, with richly wooded hills on either side, had a touch of splendour added to it by the many gaily-bedecked arches, vari-coloured flags, and bunting of every description which had been profusely used for decorative purposes. The centre of the day's attractions was a large field almost adjoining the railway station, on the banks of the lovely Severn. Here a huge marquee had been erected, and the guests, including friends and tenants, assembled at this place to the number of close upon 700. Everything conspired to make the celebration happy and successful, barring the weather which proved unfavourable. One could imagine that the glow of the festive occasion breathed life into the statue of the founder of the house and fortunes of Plas Dinam as it looked down upon the scene, and that even in the shades he could well rejoice that the traditions of the family were worthily carried on from generation to generation, and that scenes which delighted his heart on a similar occasion were being re-encted that day. Many faithful servants of the late Mr David Davies, and many of the older inhabitants of Llandinam, could well recall to mind a like festival, when Mr Edward Davies, father of the present representative of the house, attained his majority in June, 1873. That event wasalso celebrated in a characteristic mannner at the instigation of the late Mr David Davies, who engaged special trains to take all his Glamorganshire workmen and their families to Llandinam. Nearly all went, and as the vast throngs poured from the trains at Llan- dinam, it seemed like a Glamorgan invasion of North Wales. Great festivities followed, and the young heir received many presents and illuminated addresses. Mr Edward Davies, in his reply on that occasion to the many eulogistic speeches delivered. took care -to state that he was fully aware the honours he was receiving that day were rendered to him as his father's son. As for me," he said, I have my character yet to establish." No words could be more appropriate on the present occasion, and that they are re-echoed by Mr David Davies goes without saying. In no connty in Wales is the name of the late Mr David Davies, Llandinam, the grandfather of the present young squire, better known than in Cardiganshire, and wherever there is a little Bethel among the hills, there is his memory warmly eberishio on account oE his kind and princely generosity. As contractor of the Manchester and Milford Railway, and as Member of Parliament for the county, he was brought into contact with all classes of people, but with no class was he more popular than with the working men. He found employment to a large number of people and some of the most esteemed families in Cardiganshire to-day hail from Llandinam and its neighbourhood, and many of them offer a strikin g testimony to thepermanence of his good influence and the lasting impression he made upon them when they were in his service. Another tie which links Llandinam to Cardiganshire, and, indeed, to the whole of Wales, is Aberystwyth College, This Institution owes not a little of its present success to the timely and handsome generosity of the late Mr David Davies in the days of small things. His when they were in his service. Another tie which links Llandinam to Cardiganshire, and, indeed, to the whole of Wales, is Aberystwyth College, This Institution owes not a little of its present success to the timely and handsome generosity of the late Mr David Davies in the days of small things. His son, the late Mr Edward Davies, also took a deep and active interest in the welfare of the College, and we have reasons for believing that his grand- son, too, will worthily follow in the same noble path. The young squire who attained bis majority on the 11th May last was educated at home until 1892, his tutor being the Rev Richard Hughes, B.D., for some time pastor of the English Presbyterian Church, Aberystwyth, but now Presbyterian minister at Bournemouth. Subsequ entlv, Mr Davies proceeded to Merchiston Castle School at Edinburgh, where he remained untM. 1899, when he entered King's College, Cambridge, and recentl was successful in passing the first part of the historical tripos examination. Passionately fond of out-door life, Mr Davies rides and shoots well. The latter aecomplishment he learned of his 'late lamented grandfather, who was a keen sportsman, and inculcated a taste for the gun in the boy as soon as he was capable of handling it. In all pastimes he evinces a deep interest, and local sport enjoys his generous patronage and personal support. But the secret of Mr Davies' popularity lies in. the eatly indications he has given of a genuine desire to promote the welfare and happi- ness of all around him, who are mostly his tenants. In educational work we have had many manifest a- tions of his active interest, not the least of which are the David Davies' scholarships at the inter- mediate schools, while everything that makes for social betterment has his practical sympathy. He combines the commercial instincts of his grand- father with the carefulness and inostentation of his father, while the strong religious tendencies which he has inherited from both sides are evident in the useful part he takes in the religious life and work of the parish. He has had a Sunday school class for some years, and is also treasurer for the church. In public life Mr Davies is destined to take a lead- ing part, and his public appearances have already borne testimony to the intelligent study he is giving to the affairs of the county. It is worthy of note that Mr Davies's tenantry have for several years enjoyed an abatement of from 15 to 20 per cent, in addition to liberal repairs and improve. ments. Ominous looking clouds were seen to gather about the mountain tops on Wednesday morning, but having had such a long spell of fine Jweather,' none desired to have rain—however much needed-until the proceedings were over. But the hopes of a laro-e number were doomed to disappointment. The clouds gathered in volume, and shortly before noon there was a loud crash of thunder. Then the rain began to descend heavily, and with only slight intervals con- tinued with unabated vigour thoughout the after- noon. Large numbers arrived by train from LIanid- loes, Newtown, Caersws, Carno, and the neighbouring villages, all hoping that the sun would still break through the clouds with his genial rays before the afternoon was out. But the rain continued to beat down mercilessly, drenching everything and every body. The bells at the Parish Church rang out merrily, and the band of the 5th Volunteer Battalion of the South Wales Borderers marched from the station to the village and tlen back to the field playing some enlivening selections. The large dining marquee, which had been tastefully laid out, also suffered con- siderably from the rain. The water percolated through the canvas, and in many places came down in little streamlets. All took their vicissitudes, how- ever, with a light heart, and seemed determined to make the best of the unfortunate situation. Full justice was done to the excellent things provided, and the arrangements for supplying the wants of the large gathering-numbering nearly 700-were admirably carried out. Mr Humphreys-Owen, M.P. presided, and he was supported at the cross-table by Mr David Davies, Mrs Edward Davies, Misses Davies, Mrs Humphreys-Owen, Colonel Pryse-Jones and Mrs Jones, Capt. and Mrs Mytton, Mr Edward Jones, Trewythen; Mr Rees Jones, Cardiff; Mr R. E. Jones. Cefnbryntalch; Mr Richard Williams, F. R. H. S., Newtown; Mrs T. E. Ellis, Aberystwyth Miss Ellis, Cvnlas; Prof. E. Williams, Trevecca Mr Evan Powell, Llanidloes Mr John Owen (secretary of the estate), etc., etc. After luncheon several toasts were submitted, and the presentation of addresses, etc., were made to the young heir. The Chairman proposed the toast of "The King, Queen, and Royal Family," and said the name of the King would be received with unanimous welcome not only on account of the great office which he filled, but also on account of the signal favour with which he had always regarded the Principality of Wales. The Queen by her constant and unvarying kindness had especially endeared herself to the Principality of Wales. Their best wishes went forth to the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in the expedition which they were now making to their foreign dependencies, thus symbolising the great units of the Empire to which they belonged (applause). lie toast was received with musical honours. Captain Mytton proposed the toast of "The i av\, Array, and Reserve Forces," and spoke of the leading part played by Montgomeryshire men in the various branches of the service, and especially in the oouih Arrccan war. Colonel Pryce Jones, M,P., in responding, said as they w. re in Wales he would like to make an appeal to VV elshmen to follow the exam, ple set by Mr David J avies, and become members of the auxiliary forces, tie telt it a great honour to command the 5th V olunteer Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, They had just returned from the most successful camp thpy had had since the battalion was formed, tjut ot 620 m^n enrolled, no less than 480 turned up E> ,Ji put'anctish place in South Wales called t^orthcaw. Their little battalion had sent either to ivrrt- 'C;l 01 to <'° duty in line regiments or in the tia no less than seven or eight officers, and also, as was well known to most of them, they had sent a section of men out to South Africa. The Male Voice Choir having sung "The Men of Harlech." b ° Jones, of Cardiff, proposed the toast of the health of Mr David Davies. He said the occasion was memorable in more senses than one. He felt amidst such surroundings that to propose the toast entrusted to him was a matter of no small responsibility. Because it in- volved more or less that he should in some measure, at least, voice the warm enthusiasm, not only of the large number present that day, but also of thosri-—and a very wide circle they were— who were not there personally, but who were with them in spirit on this auspicious occasion. Without tres- passing upon the domain of a speaker who would follow he felt that lie must take upon himself to congratulate his friend, Mrs Davies, and the other members of the family, upon the happy circumstances under which they met together that day. They were told on the highest authority that there was a time for every- thing—a time to sing, a time to dance, a time for sorrow, and a time for various other things. He durst say that in the opinion of some, the material with which they had to deal that afternoon; might afford a very fertile field for reflection, especially to those of them who would regard it from the standpoint of the autumn of life's experience. And it might be that it would be regarded as a proper theme to enter upon the discussion of the advantages and disadvantages pertaining to youth generally, and to Mr David Davies in particular. He might be right, he might be wrong, but in his opinion this was not the appropriate hour for mere sermon- ising. He would, however, say this much, and lie said it with a solid foundation for his utterance, that their young friend was keenly alive and awake to his responsibility (applause). They naturally regarded with tender solicitude the future of his career, but it was with abundant confidence that he would maintain spotless the blameless purity, and strong, simple, manly dignity of the mantle of character so nobly worn by his father and his father's father (applause). Those names and fames, quite apart from the possession of material wealth, would be abundantly sufficient to launch him upon life's voyage with prosperity, with a rising tide, and with his sails filled with the heart-felt sympathy of his fellow-men. And humanly speaking and prac- tically speaking it would be in his own hands as to navigating his barque over the sunniest seas to what- ever haveti,'alaudable ambition might desire or indicate. They rejoiced in all this. They felt the force of all this, and he 'congratulated him in the name of the community amongst whom he dwelt, where the tenderest religious associations had been cherished and nourished. Where he had grown up from child- hood to youth, and from youth to manhood, and he congradulated him in the name of that industrial col- ony in Glamorganshire, represented by 10,000 men, in whose homes his name is a household word. The Ocean Collieries, with which his father's and his father's father's name would ever be honourably associated. He congratulated;him in the name of that future circle with which he would be brought into closer contact, largely connected with various industries in the country, by whom he would be received with the greatest cordiality and open arms. He asked them to join with him in wishing long life and nrosoeritv to Mr David Davies. & w The presentation of addresses took place at thi- stage. The first was a beautiful and massive illumins ated address, presented by the tenants residing on the Plas Dinam, Trewythen, Bertliddu, Llanwnog, and Gwernygo estates. The address was presented on behalf of the tenants by Colonel H. W. H. Basker- ville, who also landed to Mr Davies an album con- taining the whole of the signatures of the tenants. The address was as follows :— We, the tenants residing on the Plas Dinam, Trewythen, Berthdu, Llanwnog, and Gwernygo .9 Estates beg to approach you upon this momentous occasion of your attaining your majority, and enter- ing into possession of your great and exten- sive inheritance, and into the full opening of your manhood, with our tribute of sin- cere, fervent and joyous congratulations. The relationships that have prevailed on these Estates have been such as to precludethepossibility of disputes, and the security always felt by every- one in the certainty of just and generous treatment from the owners who have passed awav, the strong assurance of the continuance of the loyal fealty, which we promise to render on our part together with the many signs that these close and friendly relationship are reciprocated on your part, and our hopes that they will be still continued in the future, enable us to participate most heartily in the joyful and hopeful feelings predominant on this day. We have great confidence in the belief that the hiterto happy and sympathetic bond of union of our common interests as Landlords and Tenants will be maintained unbroken and even strength- ened by additional links of full and deep apprecia- tion of our mutual interests and obligations. And though we cannot but look back longingly and lovingly with you, and refer to the high posi- tion, great influence and noble reputation de- servedly gained by the virtuous life, noble munifi- cence, admirable skill, indomitable will, and un- conquerable perseverance of your highly reversed and imortalised grandfather, the consistent main- tenance of the same high and great principles which also so manifestly characterised the whole life and actions of your beloved and lamented father and to your dear mother, whose too brief life, so beautifully filled with many deeds of saintly gentleness and unostenta- tious goodness is ever sweet and blessed in our memories, "e desire to express our strong belief and earnest hope that the same grand principles will distinguish your life, and animate your actions and so bring to you also their full measure of reward in the loving esteem and respectful admira- tion of all. We fully admire and esteem and regard as a matter of great significance, the evidences you have already given, in many and various ways of your love of home, your close attachments to your native spot, to its people of all grades and the prompt, ardent and beneficial interest you have evinced in matters pertaining to the moral, literary, and recreative entertainment and elevation of your neighbours. That the many good and sincere wishes of a wide circle of loving and admiring friends may be fully attained, that all the great hopes and earnest expectations centered in you by many affectionate hearts may be completely realised and that Divine Providence may lend you its unerring guidance, and extend its benign protection over you and give you a long and happy life to bear into full and ripe fruition the vigorous and beautiful blossom of promise which have adorned your earlier years are the universal and constant prayer of your devoted tenantry. An illuminated address was also presented by the Upper Montgomeryshire monthly meeting, the Rev Elias Jones, Newtown, being the spokesman for the deputation. He said Mr Davies' father and grand- father had left an impression on this part of the country which was indelible. They had every reason to believe that the latest scion of the family would follow in the same hues, for he had every indication of being a chip of the old block." The address by the Lower Montgomeryshire Monthly Meeting was presented by the Rev Edward Griffiths, Meifod. He said there was not a church in the whole of their district that had not been the recipient in some shape or another of the kindness of the Llandinam family for the past 40 or 50 years. They all felt greatly indebted to them for the great kindness they had bestowed upon them in several wavs. The Presbytery of Montgomeryshire made a presentation of books, and illuminated addresses were presented by the Presbyterian Churches of Llanfair and Llawryglyn, Irevecca College; Llan- drindod Free Church Council, the residents of Llanidloes, Newtown, and Llanwnog. A beautiful silver bowl was presented by the Patent Exhaust Steam Injector Company, which company have secured the rights of a patent invented by the late Mr Edward Davies. Presentations were also made by the domestic servants of Plas Dinam and the staff and employees of the estate. Mr David Davies acknowledged the toast and also the presentation of addresses in an appropriate speech, which was received with cheering Amongst other toasts honoured was that of The Tenantry," proposed by Mr Edward Jones, and responded to by Mr Richard Morgan. The toast of "The Plas Dinam Family" was proposed, and ac- knowledged by Mr David Davies. Mr William Jenkins proposed the toast of "The President," Mr Hum- phreys Owen responding. This portion of the pro- ceedings concluded with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." The Treorchy Royal Welsh Male Voide Choir, under the conductorship of Mr William Thomas, was present, and rendered several selections in their usual fine style. Owing to the unfavourableness of the weather, the sports, which were to have been held during the afternoon, were abandoned. An excellent photo of Mr David Davies is given away as a souvenir of the happy event with this week's issue. His birth brought joy to many hearts— Had they but lived to see Their hopes fulfill'd as on this day In his majority- To them what joy it would have been To join us in this festive scene. He now to manhood's state has come, We earnestly desire That God will give long life and health To our beloved young squire And evary heart unites to say God bless Plas Dinam's heir to-day." Llandinam Village, M. P. ROWLANDS. V i
London Letter. London, Wednesday Afternoon LORD ROSEBEKY. The remarkable speech made by Lord Rosebery following as it did upon his enigmatical letter has been a fruitful source of discussion throughout the week. It has been supposed that Lord Rosebery ever since bis abrupt i-esignation of official position in YviH ^een closely touch th the Liberals who are now known as T_V'_h:_1', HupenallSts. But his speech last week has upset the Imper ialist Liberals quite as much as everybody else. Both Sir Edward Grey and Mr Asquith, two of the ablest men in the Liberal ranks and both personal and political friends of Lord Rosebery have had to cut themselves loose from him. The di- cie*ce etween them is not merely a matter of opinion, it goes to the very existence of the Liberal Party. Practically the only question which now divides the two branches- of the Liberal Party is that of the war in South Africa. But Lord Rosebery has dis- covered deep seated differences which are twenty years old, and which if they exist no, compromise can cover. To the outsider it is difficult to see any difference between the position of Lord Rosebery as regards the Liberal Party and that of the Liberal U nion- ists. It is true that the former has not formally declared himself opposed to Home Rule in Ireland, but it is no secret that he- regards the measure with no enthusiasm. On the other hand many of the Liberal Unionists and probably Mr Chamberlain himself, had he a free hand, would endorse all Lord Rosebery's scheme of social reform- But what chance is there for social reform, and for passing any measures tending to amehoT-ate the condition of the poor, if the men who most eagerly advocate them are equally strenuous in pursuing a policy of Imperialism which, with war on its brain, impoverishes the country and increases the- difficulties of the poor. After reading Lord tose erys speech one can only hope, that for the peace of mind of Liberals, he will before- long either cut his connection with politics- or with the Liberal Party. MR. ASQUITH. On the other hand Mr Asquith delivered a fine speech, full of noble aspirations for the future of the Empire. It is not difficult to understand the position of statesmen like I Mr Asquith who are full of the glamour of a great idea. A great British Empire, commanding the commerce of the world and dictating justice to other states, has a fascination for some people. But such an Empire must consist of free men, and must. be bi-oid enough to allow each of the many nationalities forming it, to develop in its own way. This is a lesson England has not learnt. bhe has been endeavouring to pacify Ireland for centuries and is apparently as far off the- goal as ever. The Boers might. have been brought into a South African confederary, such as Canada eiU°y, but they must not be forced into it. The creation of a great empire is one matter. money and soldiers can do that much, but it requires great skill to govern it wisely afterwards. Does England possess this skill ? It is at this point that the Imperial- ists and Liberals disagree. The Liberals, say, as Mr Gladstone said in 18M, that you cannot coerce a people. If a people are to- prosper, they must have a voicn in governing their own country. It is in vain that England attempts to secure peace by forcing- the Boers te an unconditional surrender. Should she at some time or other succeed,, the Transvaal will only be another Ireland. Coercion in the Tranvaal will have fche same- result as coercion in Ireland. THE MILITARY SITUATION. Some curious rumours are finding their way into the daily papers. It has been stated on good authority that the Govern- ment intend to recall all the infantry from South Africa, and to end out a fresh batch of mounted men. One informant says that. Kitchener will abandon one of the railways- leading to Pretoria, and start a great clear- ing movement over again. It is, however, said that the new plan is not to Lord Kitchener's liking, and is really brought about by political considerations, so as to. save money. -4. -Lilu wmwi- season will soon be over in South Africa, and the Boers will then have, no difficulty in obtaining food and supplies. Should they receive no great defeat within the next six weeks, it will be comparatively easy for them to hold out for another eight or ten months. So say the experts. Mean- while, all legislation is at a stop. The Government has failed to carry any important bill, with the exception of the usual Finance Act. Apparently, matters in South Africa are going from bad to worse. The enforce- ment of martial law has produced numerous recruits for the Boers from among the Dutch colonists. But we, in this country, are getting nearer and nearer to a great disaster,, unless some force stops the way. Sir William Harcourt's speech last week was pessimistic, but it had the stamp of truth upon it. The city is being drained of its money every week, for the purpose of the war. The country, owing to the deprecia- tion of consols from 113 to 91 has lost an enormous amount of money. Surely, it is- time for every citizen to bestir himself and- to understand the critical position his country is drifting to. TRAIN SERVICE. The new express train run over the M.. and M. Railway from South Wales to Aber- ystwyth is being very largely patronised. It, stops only at Lampeter, Tregaron, and Strata Florida. This new service is a move in the right direction. In the division in the House of Commons on Thursday, on jthe motion for Jeave to. introduce the Agricultural Rates Atet Con- tinuance Bill, the minority of 176 against the motion included Mr M. Vaughan Davies Mr W. Jones, Mr J. H. Lewis, Mr D. Lloyd George, and Mr J. H. Roberts.
Births, Warrtaflts and Deatfts. BIRTHS. JoNES.-On July 24th, at 71, North Parade, wife of E. L. Jones, grocer, of triplets—all daughters. Satur<iay, the 20th inst, at 6, Idris- villas, Towyn, the wife of Mr Edmund Lewis, of a daughter. MARRIAGES. DAVIES—DAV^S.—IGTH July at the Register Ofrice, Aberystwyth, before the Rev W. Jones, Mr Isaac Davies, Peithyll, to Miss Margaret Ann Davies, Blaenplwyf. < DEATH. FOWDEX.-18th July at Bank Hall, Lampeter, Mr John Fowden, J.P., aged 68 years. GRIFFITHS. On 17th July, at Chalvbeate-street, Catherine Mary, daughter of Evan Griffiths, aged 18 months. ° JONES. On 19th July, at Marine-terrace, Sarah Elizabeth, wife of John Jones, Bodowen, Oswestry. aged 57 years. THOMAS. On 19th July, at Great Darkgate-street, Margaret, wife of David Thomas, retired master- mariner, aged 68 years. JONES.—On 20th July, at Trefechan, Susan, widow of Thomas Jones, lead miner, aged 77 years. JONFIS. -On 20th July, at Parcyrowen, Pwllhobi, Ben- jamin John, son of Lewis Jones, tailor, aged one year. SPENCER.—On 21st July, at Mornington House, Llan- badarn-road, John Dennis Denley, son of John Denley Spencer, journalist, aged seven years. Printed and Published by the Proprietor.) GEORGH REES, at the "WELSH GAZETTEPrinteries, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, n the County of i Cardigan, Thursday, July 25'h 1901 j