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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.











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