County and Elementary Schools' Speech Days. ABERYSTWYTH. The Central Hall of this School was filled with a large and representative audience last Wednesday -afternoon, on the occasion of the annual speech day and prize distribution. The Chairman of the governing Body, the Rev Thos Levi, presided, who was supported by Mrs Griffiths, Miss Maria Jones, -and Miss Roberts, Professor Genese and Mr Richards, Gwarfelin, Governors of the School,, Principal Roberts Mr Vaughan Davies M.P.; Professor Morgan Lewis, H.etlli r. Williams, B.A., T. E. Roberts, M.A.. D. J. Williams; Geo Eyre Evans Messrs John Evans (clerk) Mr Darlington, H.M.I, of schools Councillor T J Samuel; Mrs and Miss Protheroe, Mi^ Roberts Mrs Genese; Miss Kate B. Lloyd, Principal of the High School for (JiLls; Nliss Williams,f Victoria Terrace; Mrs and Miss Edwards, Laurels Mr David Samuel, M.A. Head-master; Miss Ewart M.A., Senior Mistress; the whole of the staff, and others. Letters of regret at inability to be present were received from the Countess of Lisburne; Viscountess Parker; Sir Lewis Morris Kt. Mr J. Lloyd Morgan, M.P. Mrs Phillips, Marine-terrace and Mrs Morgan, Nantceiro. The Head-master then read his fifth .annual report from which the following is abstracted At the time of my last annual report, we had admitted 226 boys and 122 girls making a total of 348 pupils. From the opening of the school in October 1896 to the ptesent we have -admitted 265 boys and 154 girls, making altogether' .a total of 419 pupils. Since last, Christmas 71 new pupils have been entered. 39 boys and 32 girls. The school has not suffered in the course of the past year from lack of Inspectors and Inspectors' visits. During the past year we have been visited too by an exceptionally large number of education- alists—schoolmasters and others not professionally connected with, though greatly interested in education. I may name Professor Wendt of Ham- burg a gentleman greatly interested in the Welsh Intermediate-System of Education. He came up to us at the end of our Central Board Examination in July. He was particularly pleased with what was being done in secondary education in Wales. Having a slight acquaintance with Welsh, he took -special interest in some specimens of Welsh dictation on which one of the classes was engaged at the time of his visit. The British Chatauquas, whose visit to our Town last mid-summer is remembered, spent a portion of an afternoon up here, making a very thorough inspection of the I premises. They were delighted with our buildings and environments. Amongst. the Chautauquans was Dr J. D. McClure. Headmaster of Mill Hill School, North London- He was much interested in the places he inspected classrooms, time tables, and other matters of detail connected with our school. He was kind enough to embody some of his impressions in a communication which afterwards appeared in print. The governors will be proud to know that it is the consensus of, opinion amongst educationalists who visit us, that Aberestwyth is to be highly congratulated in having such an excellent school, with classrooms j well lighted, spacious and well ventilated. And it is to be hoped that when the permanent labora- j tories are put up, these also will be built on the same grand scale on which the present buildings are constructed. Since my' last report, some apparatus for the laboratory, and some articles of furniture for the art room and kitchen have been provided. In that report, a reference was made to forming a pupils library from the proceeds of a lecture just then deliveied in the Central Hall by the Rev George Eyre Evans. The governors will be glad to hear that about 70 volumes were obtained in this way. Only last week, Mr Evans gave a reading of the I- Christinas Carol" (Dickens) in this Hall, the proceeds of which will be devoted to further aug- menting the library. The Governors will, I feel convinced, join the staff,and the pupils in expressing their appreciation of Mr Evans' kindness. I take this opportunity of thanking him for the enthusi- astic interest he has ever taken in everything that appertains to the well-being and success of our school on the hill." Books have been presented to the library by many of our pupils. I desire to express our thanks to these pupils, and to others- Miss Maria Jones, one of the local managers of the school, Mr J. H. Howell, lately science master, and Mrs Howell, and especially toDr McClnre,who last week handed over to us, through Mr George Eyre Ev/ins, two valuable books which are a valuable acquisition to our shelves, and afford a proof of Dr MoClure's continued interest in Aberystwyth Countv School. The report then deals with the academic successes during the past year, which have already appeared in our columns. Miss Jones, our cookery mistress, reports that the work done in the kitchen during the year has been of a good household character. The pupils take great interest in their wqrk,and, on the whole, turn out ▼ery good dishes.' Sir Appletdu, our drawing master, reports that notwithstanding the fact that Some capable pupils have left the school, yet the general level of merit, on the whole, was never higher than it is at present; and the progress made in the last term has been especially good. This is due in some measure to better appliances, but more particularly to the growing interest in draw- ing shown by the pupils. The classes are well and regularly attended. The successes in the June examination of the Board of Education were very satisfactory. These successes will appear more noteworthy, when it is borne in mind that each success gained was that of the advance stage of the subject—indeed the successful pupils attained the same standard of proficiency that is expected from art class teachers who intend to make art their profession. A. Doughton Williams, a pupil, has received very high recommendation from an eminent authority, for his work in drawing in con- nection with the History of Aberystwyth," now issuing through the press, and both pupil and his teacher are to be congratulated on having turned out such an excellent piece of work. A County Scholarship of P,15 was awarded to David Jonathan Jones by the County Governing Body, and a Rendel Exhibition of 910 to Stephen Owen Owens by the .same Body. Both these pupils have commenced their studies at the Collega- Five pupils passed the matriculation examination of the Welsh Uni- versity in JuncSjlast. Three of them were placed in the first division—Isabella Cruickshank, Herbert E. Jones, Eben. Rhys Thomas; and two in the second division—Jacob Meurig Jones and Rachel Ellen Thomas. Stephen Owen Owens passed in four out of the five subjects of the examination. Of these candidates, four of them were, three years before the date of the examination, pupils at ele- mentary schools, and the last named, Rachel Ellen Thomas, was at a country elementary school, 2i years before the examination. These are noteworthy facts, and show the bright promise which some of our pupils give if they aie allowed to follow an academic career. JSir Lewis Morris in his letter just received, spoke of our School becoming a useful adjunct to the Col- lege. This has already been realized. We offer to studenrls of the College, graduates of the Welsh and other Universities, every facility and opportunity for training themselves, under their Teachers of Method, in the practical work of teaching and thus fitting themselves to be masters and mistresses in secondary schools. The College authorities have often availed themselves of these facilities, and 1 .trust that they may in the future be more regularly seized and the system more thoroughly developed. We have realised Sir Lewis Mosris' wish in another way, for though our school is only of very recent growth, it has already supplied the College with a large number of students, and at present, I think, there are at the College, nearly 25 students who have been pupils of Aberystwyth County School —a very noteworthy fact. I regret the long absence of one of our staff. Mr Thomas Owen who had been with us from the very opening of the school, broke down in health at the beginning of this year. So severe was his illness that all hope of his taking up the work for some time had to be given up. At the commencement of the present Term, per- ceiving an apparent improvement in his health, he made a gallant attempt to grapple with his work; but after three weeks, he was constrained to give way. I desire to offer my sincerest thanks to Mr Charles Elsden who has been ever ready to give us the benefit of his collaboration, and whose interest in our pupils and their work deserves special recognttion. The prizes annually given for work done in the previous session will be awarded thus Upper VIth Form, 1st prize—David Jonathan Jones; 2nd prize—Stephen Owen Owens. Lower 'VIth, 1st prize—Ebenezer Rhys Thomas; 2nd prize—Isabella Cruickshank, Herbert Edmund Jonese Special prizes awarded to Rachel Ellen Thomas and Jacob Mcurig Jones. Vthi Form, 1st prize-Lizzie Morris; 2nd prize, Matfie Cruick- shank. IVth Form, 1st prize-Evan Edwards 2nd .prize-Silian Davies. IIIrd Form, 1st prize—Lewis Pugh; 2nd prize, Edward David Evans. Ilnd Form, 1st prize—W E Edwards; 2nd prize, Mary Jane Philips, 1st Form, 1st prize—John James Edwards 2nd prize—Annie Mary Hughes. I have to thank the governors for their generous grants during the year for certain details connected with the school. Whenever application has been made for appliances, apparatus, &,c,. our demands have been most readily conceded. And I desire specially to refer to Mr John Evans, Clerk and the Managers, -who in a variety of ways and on many occasions, has done a great deal towards carrying out our wishes expeditiously, and done this more effectively and usefully than we could have done without his assistance. The prize books and certificates were gracefully delivered to the scholars by Miss Maria J.ones. Principal Roberts, in the course of an address, said that the report upon the school issued by the Central WelshBoard and reports of visiting inspectors produced a very favourable impression of the work done by the school. Uudoubtedly in a county and a town possessing educational traditions such as that county and that town possessed, any institution must go through a considerable period of probation before it became rooted and grounded in the con- fidence and affections of the people of the district; and that was the process through which that school had been and was going. But they had bad now, year after year, proofs that the progress made was undoubted (applause). That formed a very strong argument on behalf of the school, the teachers, and the pupils for their receiving them into their abso-^ lute confidence (applause). When he said theit confidence he meant not only those present bur those in the town and district who were interested in the progress of education. There was one proof of confidence which it was within their power to show, and in that way to render a great service to the school. The work done in the scientific depart- ment had very greatly advanced during the past year, and the managers had furnished the school with a considerably increased equipment in the form of apparatus, but no provision had yet been made for permanent scientific and technical build- ings for the school. Now, however creditable the work under the present conditions might be. it could not possibly be compared with the work that could be done if that deficiency was supplied (bear. hear). The school could not be said to be competing upon fair terms with its sister schools all over the Princi- pality until that deficiency was made good. It seemed to him to be within the power of the people of Aberystwyth to supply that deficiency. It was not for him to dwell upon ways and means. It would be discreditable to that town if at this period in the flood tide of education in Wales, in the flood tide of Welsh nationality, in the flood tide also of the prosperity of the town as a watering-place, means could not be found to obtain £1.000 or there- abouts to carry out this work (applause). He would like to say a few words upon general and secondary education in face of the bill which the Government proposed to bring in next session. If that bill was to do good it must embody certain great principles. One was that the authority to be created must have control over the entire education within its area. It a new authority was to be created for Cardiganshire it should have control of elementary, secondary, and tschnical education. He knew of nothing more stimulating to education than that there should be called into existence such an authority. Such an authority should be con- stituted upon a representative basis, and two-thirds should be representatives of the ratepayers. He did not mean, however, direct representation. Another point was that no limit should be imposed by Act of Parliament upon the rating power in con- nection with the new bill. In the last bill twopence was the limit, which was absurdly inadequate for counties of low rateable value such as Cardigan- shire. He did not say that the greatest care should not be exercised before they went above the limit of twopence, and probably the new educational authority would have to justify its financial pro- posals before the judgment bar of the connty councils. Whatever the proportion of the ex- penditure necessary to the maintenance of education was that should come from the local rates, a larger proportion ought to come from the Treasury. (Hear, hear.) That was one of the great objects they should have at heart in Wales, as part of the mission of Wales in education was to show that education was a matter for the commonwealth at large. (Applause.) If the great Empire of which they were members was to prosper in the sense in which prosperity was worth having it would be in a large part owing to the qualities which the boys and girls trained in those new Welsh schools would be able to bring to bear upon that great task. (Heal, hear.) There was one other point. The new authority should have the power and means to prepare for the training of teachers within its area. For some time in co-operation with His Majesty's Inspectors of Schools they had been endeavouring to bring about schemes which would give the pupil teachers a three years' training in the county schools, and he was glad to find that the School Board of Aberystwyth had already done this. If they in Wales had constructed a system of secon- dary education it was because they believed that the system rested upon sure foundations, and that they need not be afraid. (Hear, hear.) Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., who also spoke, ad- vised a freer study of the German language. He saw by the reports of the schools througboot Wales that French was the favourite language, but it was not wise to neglect German. The bill referred to by Principal Roberts was in the hands of the Duke of Devonshire. He believed that the Duke was whistling for the wind of public opinion. What that would bring him nobody could tell. If he would let the Welsh people indicate clearly what they wanted he would not have to whistle very long. (Hear, hear.) Education was not a local matter, it was a national question. If they educated the people they raised the nation, and the nation ought to help to pay. On the motion of Mr Richards, seconded by the Rev Thomas Williams, thanks were awarded to Principal Roberts and Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., for their addresses, and a similar compliment having been paid to Miss Maria JOBS&, eu the pro- posal of Rev George Eyre Evans, seconded by the Headmaster, the proceedings closed. The company then adjourned to the kitchen to inspect the cook- ery exhibits, which had been made by some forty girls, under the tuition of the mistress, Miss Jones. Every article in the large and varied display of iced cakes, poultry, soups, etc., was bought by the visitors. On the following (Thursday) evening the school entertainment was held. there being again a crowded audience, The following was the pro- gramme. CANTATA THE ENCHANTED PALA«E. Characters:—King, Bernard G Owen; queen, Sophia Evans Prince Emerald, David Owen Morris; Princess Crystal, Nesta Morgan; chan- cellor, T. E. Evans wise man, Basil Herbert jester, Thomas Keane poet, Rhys Ellis; chief maiden, Mabel Thomas; fairy of the palace, Gwladys Adams; do. life, Connie Lee do. darkness, Elsie Brotherton 1st fairy, Mary Ellen Parry; 2nd do., Blodwen Edwards; 3rd do., May Thompson 4th do., Mary Edwards; 5th do.. Eliza- beth Edwards maids of hononr, Katie Brown, Annie M James. THE PRINCESS' TENNYSON. Characters :-King Gama, J T Wilkinson; king of the Northern Empire, A D Williams the prince, hi? son, Euenezcr Rhys Thomas; Florian, Fred Jones; Cyril, Howard Ellis Arac, Bernard Owen; 1st brother, Edgar De Lloyd 2nd do., Rhys Ellis Princess Ida, Lilian Morgan Lady Blanche, Edith Thomas Lady Psyche, Sophia Evans; Melissa, Maggie Keane Violet, Lizziie Morris. Students— Rhoda Jones, Lilian Davies, Gwen Morgan, Mary Jane Phillips, Blodwen Edwards Mary M Evans, A C Meredith; Elizabeth Edwards. The pianist was D J De Lloyd, U.C.W., an old boy of the school. The dresses and all the accessories, together with the acting reflected the greatest credit on all con' cerned. The singing was under the conductorship of the Headmaster. The Teaching staff has charge of the stage and other details, ably assisted by Mrs Murray, Miss Lily Ewart, and Mr A W Davies. THE NATIONAL SCHOOL Presentedv, bright and sunny appearance on the occasion of the annual prize distribution last Thursday morning by the Ven. Archdeacon Protheroe, who was supported by his Worship the Mayor. Mr G. Fossett Roberts, Mr J. Watkins, J.P., Rev Geo. Eyre Evans, Miss Gilbertson, Miss Protheroe, Mr Ainsleigh Jones (head-master) and staff of the school. A very large number of prizes were earned by the pupils. Silver brooches for regular attendance for two years were awarded Lucy Price and Edith Morgan, but it was stated the latter was unable to attend owing to illness. The following were awarded silver medals for full attendance. The possible number of attendances was 410:—Ernie Davies, 410; Hubert Gurney. 410; Teddy Beck, 410; George Hughes, 410; Harold Gurney, 410 John D. Griffiths, 410: John W. Davies, 410; Albert Hughes. 410; Archie Taylor, 407; Stanley Jones, 409 Fred Pairy, 406. Girls- Edith Davies' 410; Elsie Price, 410 S. J. Davies, 410; Sarah M, Barry, 410; Gwen Jenkins, 410: Mag Berry, 410; Emma Baker, 409; Sarah Jones, 410. j Pupil teachers prizes :-Scripture, Maggie Hunt, second in the first class St David's Diocese exam- ination H. A. Sheraton, second in the second year division examination David John Davies, second in first year candidates' examination. The Archdeacon Protheroe having distributed certificates to the infants and the higher school, handed prizes to the following pupils who bad made good attendances, the possible number being 410:— Standard VI-Daniel Jones, 397; Lawrence Gurney, 399. Standard V-Albert Hughes, 410; J R Jones, 405; Evan Stanley Jones, 409 Phillip Benjamin, 407 John Benjamin, 404; Fred Parry, 406; David Watkins, 403. Standard IV—George Thomas, 408; David Watkins, 396. Standard III Harold Gurney, 410; John Griffiths, 410; John W Davies, 410; Thomas Griffiths. 398; Tom Powell, 394; JosephJones, 393. Standard II—Teddy Beck, 410; George Hughes, 410; Tommy Pickering, 409; Oswald Thomas, 398; Mathew Campell, 405; Edward Edwards, 406; Tom Doughton, 400; Archie Tayler, 407. Standard I—John D Phillips. 399; Ernest Davies, 410; Jack Samuel, 397; George Putt, 405; Hurbert Gurney, 410; Edgar Wiles, 404; Owen Morgan, 407. Girls, Standard VI-Jennie Jenkins, 401. Stand- arrl V-Mag Barry, 410; Lucy Price. 410; Emma Baker, 409; Sarah D Jones, 410; Helena Jones. 394 Hannah Davies, 398. Standard IV—Margar- et Ann Williams, 406; Dilys Evans, 394; Gwen Jenkins, 410. Standard III—Edith Morgan, 410; Georgin'a Pemberton, 405 Dorothy Davies, 405 May Barry, 410 Catherine Pickering, 409; Lotie Coleman, 403. Standard II—Edith Davies, 410; Kate Lloyd, 404; Kate Humphreys, 499; Polly Baker, 403; May Bevan, 403; Elsie Price, 410 Esther Felix, 408; S J Davies, 410; Martha Benjamin, 408 Nellie Rees, 401; Bessie Llew- ellyn, 397. Standard I-Lizzie Thomas, 402; Gertie Jones, 399; Gerty Lloyd, 407; M E Roberts, 399. Special Prizes: -Scripture prizes, John Richard Jones, given by Archdeacon Protheroe, and also the prize given by Miss Gilbertson. Headmaster's geography prize was awarded David James Wll- iams. Arithmetic prize, Arthur Smith. General knowledge, Spencer Treharne. Standard VII., arithmetic, Bertie Jones. Merit prizes were given Florrie Vaynor, Arthur Evans, Maud Williams, Dilys Evans, Herbert Morris, Arthur Pemberton, Cissie Hulson, and Maggie Jones. Archdeacon Protheroe announced that the prize of 10s 6d, offered by the Mayoress (Mrs R J Jones) for the best all round child in the school would be awarded to Dilys Evans, daughter of Mr John Evans, solicitor, who is a Nonconformist. Arthur Evans, brother of Dilvs Evans, was also awarded a prize for general excellence. The percentage attendance of the boys for the whole year is 93'6. The attendance of the girls j for the year was 90 5. The whole school percentage attendance is 91'9 per cent. j The Mayor having addressed the children, On the proposition of Mr G. Fossett Roberts, seconded by Mr J. Watkins, a vote of thanks was accorded Archdeacon, Protberoc for having presented the children with their medals, certifi- j cates, and prizes. BOARD SCHOOL. On Thursday morning last, Mr W Thomas, chairman of the School Board, attended the Board Schools to distribute the prizes for good attendance made during the year ending November 30th 1901, Mr Thomas gave a short address to the children, in which be congratulated them on having made better attendance during the past year than had been made during any previous year. He also exhorted the children to be thrifty and diligent. Three hearty cheers were given Mr Thomas for att ending. The following were the prize-winners —Hannah Davies, Elizabeth J Rowlands, Sarah Gwen Evans, Maude B Jones, Helena Rowlands, Annie M Joseph, Sophia C Jones, Mary H Williams Blodwen Hughes, Annie Alice Jones, Jebn Vaughan. John H Howard, Thomas Owen, Joel Morris, David Jas Williams. Evan James Thomas, David Philips, D Morris Edwards, Joseph Owen (second !year), Evan D Rowlands (second year), Jehn Jenkin Evans (third year), Sydney Jones (third year), W'illiatn Joseph (fourth year). All these made a full attendance during the year, and gained special prizes and certificates. The follow- ing also received prizes and certificates :—Infants' department—Llewelyn Williams, Archie Potts, George M Richards, E G Humphreys, E R Harris, Winifred Powell, John Parry, Nellie Edwards, Robert T Edwards, Maude Joseph, Mary Lewis, Nellie Williams, Maggie J Hughes, Sarah h Morris, Anne Griffiths, Gladys Phillips. Thomas R Jenkins, James R Lewis, Emrys Griffiths, George Hammond, James D James, D Albert Williams, David Lewis Jones, Alfred Lee, David W Beynon Robert Ellis, Thomas Purton, Joseph Davies, William Jones, Frank Santall, Isaac 0 G Morgan, Henry Powell, Harry Worthington, Harford Richards, Geo E Sifleet, Stanley Lewis, Annie Jenkins, Oliver Ellis, Sarah Griffiths, Sarah Dilys Jones, Annie Thomas, Annie Lewis, Elizabeth A Edwards, Mary Edwards, Lizzie A Ricfe, Nellie Price, Lizzie Jones, Lucy Davies, Nellie Owen, Annie J'Morgan, E Cruickshank, Edith M Jamea. Infants'department for three terms and boys or girls department for last term in Standard I.— Charles Reeves, Stanley Parry, George Jenkins, William Astley, Ivor Owen, D Ernest Richards. George Lewis,. George Blackwell, Evan Lewis, Richard J Davies, Arthur Potts, Thomas Chamberlain, Thomas Price Jones, A Wynne Hopkins, Annie Morris, Maggie M Jones, Nellie Harris, Matilda Davies, Lily Sifleet, Mary W Benson, Catherine E Joseph, Katie J Thomas, Mary E Lewis, Cissie Lloyd, Olive Lewis, Laura Rowe, Girls' Department—Susanna Phillips, 01- wen Evans, Elizabeth Jenkins, Jane M Morris, Margaret E Lewis, Mary C Ellis, Annie M Jones, Jenny Burbeck, Mary G Jones, Sarah H Thomas, Ada A Jones, Elizabeth J Williams, Edith Harris. Emily Shouring, Elizabeth Jones, Janetta Kenrick, Claudia Jones, Margaret E Humphieys, Emma A Morgan, Maude Lee, Maude Jones, Agnes Rich- ards. Boysr Department—John E Burbeck, Thomas Simon Davies, D Morris Edwards, PeterW Edwards J Hughes James, David J Jones, W Lewis Jones, Isaac Roberts, Evan D Rowlands, T Stanley Thomas, Thomas Thomas, William Johnson, R Thomas Williams, J Humphrey Edwards, R Phillips, Wm H Davies, Evan Doughton, LI Hughes. John Morris, J D Morris, Morgan J Owen, D H Reeves, D Page Thomas, Ivor Vaughan, Charles Williams, David R Davies, David H Edwards, John Elias Griffiths Morgan Griffiths, Llew Hughes. John M Jones, Evan Pugh, Thomas Rice, Thomas P Williams, Wm Owen, John Thomas, David R Perry, John T Reeves, John R Sifleet, David R Thomas, Edward Hankin, Isaac Jones, John Bitchell, W Doughton, George Edwards, W Samuel Jones, 'and Emrys Thomas. In the Boys' and Girls' Departments, 400 attendances during the year qualified for a prize and 380 attendances in the Infants' Depart- ment.
BARMOUTH. PROFESSOR ANWYL ON THE PROGRESS OF WELSH EDUCATION. The seventh annual distribution of prizes in con- nection with the Barmouth County School, took place on Wednesday, December 18t,h, under the presidency of Mr W. J. Morris, J.P. The head- master. (Mr D. E. Jones) read his annual report, which described the past year as the most. success- ful in the school's history. Miss Griffith,Arianfryn, afterwards distributed the prizes. The following is a liet ot the school successes during the year :—Scholarships and exhibitions- The Principal's Scholarship of £40 per annum tenable for three years at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Rowland Jone& Richard; Welsh Exhibition of £10 per annum, tenable for three years at the same college, Catherine Row- lands; the Rendel Scholarship of 920 per annum, tenable for three years at the same college, R. J. Richard; the County Exhibition of £10 per annum (for boys), tenable for three years, R. J. Richard; the Rendel Exhibition of P.10 (for boys), tenable for three years, R. J. Richard; the County Exhibi- tion of £10 per annum (for girls), tenable for three years, C. Rowlands the Rendel Exhibition of E10 per annum (for girls), tenable for three years, C. Rowlands. Central Welsh Board Certificates- Honours-R. J. Richard and C. Rowlands senior certificates-Mari Roberts, Maggie Evans, and Alun Pierce; junior certificates-Mary C; Griffiths, John Lloyd, Jane Roberts, John Thomas, and Richard O. Griffith; Matriculation Examination of the University of London, second division- Catherine Rowlands; Matriculation Examination of the University of Wales—Mari Roberts. Board of Education, South Kensington, certificates— Mathematics (first stage) first class Maggie Evans, R O Griffiths, J Thomas; second class— Gwen A Williams, Jane Roberts, J Lloyd; Chemis- try (elementary stage) first class-J Thomas; second class—J Roberts, R 0 Griffith, J Lloyd. Music certificates, Trinity College, London—Inter- mediate division-Maggie Evans; junior division -Myfanwy Owen; preparatory grade—Maggie K Edwards; Civil Service Examinaeion for sorting clerks and telegraphists—Lowrie Owen and William Davies. The following is the prize list—Form V, first prize (given by Mr W J Morris), R J Richaid; second prize (given by Mrs Hugh Evans), C Row- lands. Form IV, language prize (given by Mrs D C Edwards), M Roberts English, first prize (given by Mrs Wynne Williams), G A Williams; second prize (given by Mr R J Williams), M Evans mathematics, first prize (given by Mrs Gwynoro Davies), M Roberts; second prize, M Evans; science prizes, A Pierce and M Rowlands. Form lII, French prize (given by Mr M Evans), J Roberts; Latin prizes (given by the Headmaster), R 0 Griffith and J Thomas; English prize (given by Alderman Lewis), R 0 Griffith; mathematics prize (given by Dr D A Hughes), J Thomas; science prize (given hy Mr J T Morgan), J Thomas; general progress prizes (giver, by Mr J Evans), M G Griffiths. Form II, Welsh prize (givpn by fhe Rev Z Mather), J Owen English, first prize, Millie Evans, second prize, A W Roberts; mathematics prize, OP Hughes; geography prize, R Wynne; science, first prize, 0 P Hughes, second prize, A W Roberts. Form I, French prize, S Ellis; Welsh prize, D Jones; ungiisn prize, v* Artnur; matne- matics prize, L Williams; geography prizes, D P Jones and J H Jones; science, first prize, L Williams, second prize, J H Jones; drawing, first prize Wynne Griffith, second prize, W Owen; general progress prize, Maggie Jones Owen. Special prizes-The Hengwm scripture prize, Jane Roberts; scripture, second prize (given by Mrs Smalley), J Lloyd good manners prize for girls (given by Miss Atkinson), Jane Roberts attendance prizes (given by Mr W Evans, Edgbaston), Millie Evans, John Lloyd, John H Jones, Wm Owen, Wm Griffith; cookery prize (given by Mrs R Richards), Annie Jones needlework prize, Myfanwy Owen music prizes (given by Miss F Williams), first prize, Maggie Evans, second prize, Annie Jones. Maggie Evans, second prize, Annie Jones. 'I I', -L_ 'I Professor Anwyi, aner congratulating tne scnooi upon its brilliant success during the year, addressed the audience upon matters connected with the recent progress of Welsh education. He was especially o-ratified to note the advance in the higher work done by the schools, and he had every reason for thinking that success in the higher work was not attained by neglecting the educational interests of the less able pupils or those pupils whose ability was of slower development. The advanced work done by the pupils of the intermediate schools was rapidly creating a new situation in the University of Wales itself, and it was of the utmost importance for the University to face the new situation and to consider its matriculation and intermediate exam- inations in view o the work done for the senior and honours certificates of the Central Welsh Board. Owing to the marvellous progress of Welsh secondary education new possibilities of development in the direction of the bigher learn- ing were opeued out to the Welsh University Colleges and the University of Wales far beyond the dreams of tbeir original founders. In connection with the educational progress of Wales too much importance could not be attached to the opportun- ities which were now being extended to Wales by means of 1the new science grants to profit by the development of national science as an instrument of education. A close study of the secrets of nature was not to be regarded as necessarily antagonistic to the literary study but as a valuable aid to it He believed that the participation of Welshmen in the scientific habits ofmondern European thoughts would react with advantage upon the w hole world of thought and of literary expression in Wales. Nothing was more necessary foryoung minds at the present day than to acquire a sound and accurate graspof the facts of the real world in their true relations one to an- other. Welshmen bad always loved nature, but the closer study of nature which was called natural science would enable them to obtain a far more intimate knowledge of her ways than any of our forefathers had, The new movement. for scientific study in Wales would probably be one of the most important factors in our future national develop- ment. Welshmen loved to dwell in a kind of ideal world, but the new scientific movement would enable Welshmen, while still loving their world of imagination, to view it from a run experience oi the reality of things. While in full sympathy with the development of natural science as an instrument of education, he wished his audience, however, to remember that their study of nature, would not be complete if they excluded that of man, and that of man in his more human expression of art, litera- ture, history, and thought generally. A well- balanced education i-niist comprise the study of man's achievements as well as the rest of the world of'natnre, animate and inanimate. In those beauti- ful natural surroundings he wished especially to emphasise the importance of the study of natural beauty. No system of education could be com- plete which neglected art, the characteristic ex- pression of one of the noblest of human instincts. All those various aspects of education, and not least the fundamental education of character, must be the potent factors in the training of Wales, if she was to hold a prominent, place among the highly cultured people of the world. Already she had begun admirably, but success could not be fully attained without constant alertness, steady deter- mination, and unremitting zeal (cheers). A vote of thanks was proposed to Miss Griffith, seconded by Alderman Lewis Vewis, and carried unanimously. Mr Hugh Evans proposed, and Councillor John Evans seconded a similar vote to Prof Anwyl, and this was heartily seconded.
TOWYN. I ADDRESS BY MR C. S. DENNFSH. The annual prize (ily of the Towyn County School was held on Wednesday, December 18th, and was largely attended. Mr C. S. Denniss, general manager of the Cambrian Railways Cdlll- pany, who was accompanied by Mrs Denniss, was the principal speaker. The Chairman (Rev Robert Jones), in his open- ing remarks, said the school was in JI flourishing condition, and in connection with this he express- ed an appreciation of the services rendered by the staff. The Governors represented the various re- ligious denominations, and worked in perfect har- mony. The speaker alluded to the death of Mr John Corbett, whom he decribed as a true and generous friend," and as one to turn to when they found themselves in a tight corner (hear, hear). The Headmaster (Mr Tom Jones) then read his annual report, which showed encouraging progress. The prizes and certificates to the successful students were afterwards presented by Mrs Denniss. The following is the list of the school successes for 1900—1:—London Intermediate B.A.—Maude Cotterbill.lst division. Loii(lonlntermedizite B.Se.- Edward Jones, 1st division. London University Matriculation—Ellen Jane Jones, 1st class Maggie Owen, 1st class; Daniel Wm Lloyd, 1st class. Cen- tral Welsh Board (Honours Certificate).—Wini- fred Conn, Maude Cotterhill, Edw Jones, Ellen Jane Jones, Maggie Owen, Annie Catherine Pughe, and David Emrys Williams. Central Welsh Board (Senior Certificates).—Herbert G Bagster, David W Jones, Ethel Jones, John Owen Jones, William H Lewis, and Daniel W Lloyd. Central Welsh Board (junior certificate)—Annie Evans, R Pughe Evans, D Trevor Jones, Herbert E Jones, Bromley E W Jukes, Mary Morgan, Thomas H Roberts, Edw Maurice Williams: D Loyalty William*, M Myfanwy Ffoulkes, David J Hughes, Laura Jones, Louisa A Jones, Emrys Morgan, Annie Owen, Owen Owen, Board of Education Examinations Edward Jones, first class in practical inorganic chemistry, magnetism and electricity, light and sound, all ad- vanced stage and second class in theoretical in- organic chemistry (advanced), mathematics (stage. 3), mathematics (stage 5), and heat (advanced) Edward Jones, first class. King,s Scholarship Education—Mabel1 Ellis, 2nd division. Bank Entrance Examination—Leonard E Jones, London and Provincial Bank; John E Thomas, N S Wales Bank. Pitman's Shorthand Certificates—Theory certi- ficate: John Owen, and William Owen Jones; ele- mentary certificaie Herbert E Jones, Owen Owen. Owen D Williams, Willie Jones, John R Griffith. Bromley Jones, Trevor Jones, John Roberts, Henry Jones, Ellen Jane Jones, and May Williams. Local school examinations in music of the Asso- ciated Board of the R.A,M. and R.C.M,—Margaret Richards, higher division Laura Jones, lower division; Catherine Owen, preparatory grade, Exhibition—D Emrys Williams, LJG.entrance ex- hibition at Aberystwyth College. Scholarships—Edward Jones, Entrance Scholar- ship of E25 -at Bangor College (3rd on list, top of County Schools candidates);. Winifred Conn, En- trance Scholarship (open) of £20 at Aberystwyth College, 4th on list, 2nd of County Schools' can- didates). Mr C S Denniss, said he was flattered by the honour which they had conferred upon him by inviting him there. He would like to give a word of encouragement. The headmaster's report was one which spoke for itself. Of such work they had every reason to be proud. On such a list of honours and successes on the one hand; and the fact that there were only four failures throughout the school on the other. He wished to congratulate all concerned. Referring to the C:W.B. Inspector's report on the teaching, he said that there was no wonder that such success was obtained. The staff had got at the secret of true teaching, not cram- ming in knowledge, but interesting their pupils in their work. He offered congratulations to the Managers for the interested fashion in which they worked for the school, and these he heartily ex- tended to the staff. Their labour indicated not only a tremendous waste of physical energy, but also a great amount of nerve strain. In this school work had been carried on with increasing success. He trusted that it would continue to issue forth into the world not only those who would be- come useful men and women, but those who would become good men and women (applause). Mr Denniss quoted from Lord Rosebery's recent speech the passage relating to education. Such remark- able words from so remarkable a man were to be considered gravely. Those remarks did not apply to Wales, and they in England had to take their cue from Wales. They required an unbroken graduation from the boy in the elementary school to the senior wrangler at Cambridge (applause), Addressingr the pupils, Mr Denies cai/3 hn wished tn give them a word of encouragement on their pros- pects. He dwelt on the facilities they had given them in such a school. After giving some encoura- ging and inspiring experiences of his own, the speaker remarked that from the results it seemed to him that there were among them the possibilities of great men and women, who, when serving in England and elsewhere lin various spheres of life, would look back with thankfulness at their head- master and his colleagues. Mr Deniss congratu- lated the University of Wales on taking the lead in agricultural education. The production of dairy produce in the best and cheapest way should be studied, that home farmers might flood English I markets instead of leaving them to Denmark as at present (cheers). The students performed a pretty operetta, en- titled Snow White and Seven Dwarfs," under the direction of Miss May Roberts. Votes of thanks to I Mr Denniss concluded the proceedings.
LLANDYSSUL. The prize day of the Llandyssul County School was held on Friday last. The chair was taken by the Rev W. James, Brynhyfryd, The headmaster (Mr W. Lewis. M.A.). read his report, which could be satisfactorily compared with all similarly situ- ated schools. The results of the Central Welsh Board examinations were on the whole most satis- factory. Amongst the various successes obtained by pupils for. the year might be mentioned the scholarship of £2[) secured by John Davies at Aber- ystwytb College; also Henry Jones and James D. Lewis, who bad entered the normal department at the same University,each holding a King's Scholar- ship for £ 25. Evan Thomas had also, on the recom- mendation of the authorities of Lampeter College, been awarded a scholarship of £22. The total of the whole scholarships now h,eld by old pupils amounted to nearly P,200, The Chairman then gave a brief speech, after which the prizes were distributed by the Rev T P Phil- ips.and the following is a list of the prize winners- Honours—Trench, Bessie Evans; English. Susan- nah Jones science, Evan Thomas. Form IY—Form prize, W Johnstone Jones English, T George Jones; Latin, D Johnstone Jones; French, T George JOBPS French, T George JOBPS Form III-English, H Richard Evans Latin,Ean Thomas; Frencb, Tom Evans. x £ °rm }}r¥oTm Prize> J Evans Thomas English, J Evans Ihomas; French, Pollie Lewis. Form I—Form prize (girls), Annie Hughes; Form prize (boys), Willie Davies; English, Annie Hughes, Latin, Willie Davies; French, Annie -Hughes. Mathematics-Division I, David John Harries- Davies" Thomas; Division III—Willie Scietice-Di vision II-Johnstone Jones: Divis- ion III, Dan Thomas, D B Evans. Welsh—Form IV, John Davies; Form III, D O Thomas; Form II, John Jones. Needle Work-Lizzie Anne Davies Honours Certificate prizes-Bessie Evans, Susan- nah Jones, and Evan Thomas. Senior Certificate prize-John Davies. W J Davies, Evan Evans, David John Harries, D John- stone Jones, T George Jones. Junior Certificate prizes-H R Evans, Tom Evans, Rice Griffiths, Dan Thomas, D 0 Thomas, J Evans Thomas.
DOLGELLEY. The Dolgelley County School annual prize day took place on Wednesday in last week. The chair was occupied by Mr R. Wynne Williams, and the speakers incliide(i Professor Ellis Edwards, and the Rev John Williams. The headmaster (Mr Arthur Clendon) read an excellent report, showing the progress of the school and the successes achieved during the past year.—Professor PIli- "Rrlmoprl _LJ -L:.I\.Ana4U'111 the course of his address, said since 1881 Wales had made a marked advance. In that year the Depart- mental Committee reported that the number of pupils attending" grammar, proprietary, and private schools was 4,036. This year 45 intermediate schools were inspected by the Central Board, and the (names on the school rolls at the time of inspection came to 7,558. They were still a long way from the number which the Committee thought it reasonable to allow for (15;700), but the change, if not great, was yet one of good promise (hear, hear). The number on the rolls in 1901 was also an increase on that of 1900, as that of 1900 was on 1899. One must not be discouraged by the thought that there were still s0 many boys and girls who did not attend intermediate schools, nor by the falling off in attendance which had shown itself in some instances. The novelty of the inter- mediate school bad a little worn off. Some parents had expected too speedy results. Some had no real belief in the value of the schools themselves. A temporary backwater eddy was therefore to be expected. Meanwhile the effects of training did not cease to go on because they had ceased to be new, and gradually they would open a cleft between educated and uneducated which would convince a fresh proportion of the unbelieving and indifferent (hear, hear.')
ABERAYRON. PRINCIPAL KOiiERTS ON EDUCATIONAL LEGISLATION. The annual speech day of the Aberayron County Schou I lvok place on Tuesday, December 17th. The Central Hall, where the proceedings were held, had been tastefully decorated for the occas- ion. The pupils were first of all entertained to an excellent tea, provided by Mrs C J Hughes, Mrs D C Jones, Mrs Munro Hughes,Mrs E Lima Jones,Mrs Dr Davies ,Miss Davies,Mrs J M Howell, Miss Scott, and others. The public were afterwards admitted to the Hall, which was well-filled. Major Pryse Lewes, chairman of the Local Managing Body, pre- sided and he was accompanied by Mrs PryseLewes and Miss Lewes. There were also present—Messrs Morgan Evans, J.P., Dr Davies, Mr E Lima Jones. Mr J M Howell, Mr W Williams, Mrs Munro Hughes, Mrs Jones, Llanon Mrs T Z Jones, local managers; Rev T G Evans and Mr J C Jones, members of the County Governing Body Mrs T G Evans, Rev J M Griffiths and Mrs Griffiths. Revs Canon Evans, D W Davies and Mrs Davies, Rev J Thickens and Mrs Thickens, Rev J Howell and Mrs Howell. Llwyncelyn; Rev Evan Morris and Mrs Morris; Mr C Denham Evans, solicitor; Mr D P James, solicitor Mr J Davies, London House; Mr J R Davies, C.M. Mr C J Hughes, B.A., headmas- ter; Mr J Dewhurst, B.Sc; Mr D Williams. BA Miss Scott, B.A., Staff; Mr B C Jones, clerk and a representative gathering of townspeople. Mr C. J. Hughes, headmaster, submitted his annual report, which was as follows :— I have the honour to present the fifth annual report of this school. I feel confident that you will consider the school to be in a satisfactory condition when the following particulars have been read. The pupils have secured successes in examinations (1) under the Board of Education:—In mathematics, Stage 2, first class, Jane Evans; second class, Emma Evans, Stage 1, first class, E Ellen Evans, K Salina Davies, and M Jane Jones; second class, Alice G Jones, Susan Jones, E Edgar Davies, and John D Lewis. In inorganic chemistry, advanced stage, second class, Emma Evans and Jane Evans. Elementary stage, first class, K Salina Davies and E Edgar Davies; second class, E Ellen Davies, Alice G Jones, E J Jones, and M Jane Jones. (2) Under the Central Welsh Board :—Honours certificates. Jane Eyans, in composition (with distinction), English language and history; Olive M Jones in composition (with distinction), English language and history. Senior certificates, E Ellen Davies, in composition, English language, and history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, elementary science, and chemistry, qualified as having passed the matriculation examination of the University of Wales; K Salina Davies in composition (with distinction), mathematics, Latin, French English language, history, arithmetic (distinction), elementary science, and chemistry, quali- fied as having passed the matriculation examination of the University of Wales; Alice G Jones in composition, English language, and his- tory, arithmetic, Latin, French and chemistry; E Jane Jones in composition, English language, and history, arithmetic, Latin, French, elementary science, and chemistry; M Jane Jones in composi- tion, English language, and history, arithmetic, Latin, French, elementary science, and chemistry; Susan Jones in composition (with distinction) Eng- lish language, and history (honours stage), arith- metic, Latin, Welsh (with distinction), and French; Thomas Lewis Jones in composition, English lan- guage, and history, arithmetic, Latin, elementary science and chemistry. Junior certificate, John Daniel Hughes, in composition, Scripture, English language, and history, arithmetic, mathematics, and Latin. K Salina Davies has obtained a King's- Scholarship, tenable at Cardiff Univt#sity College, in virtue of hei senior certificate One ppil Timothy Jones, has secured a clerkship in the N P Bank. J Lee Davies, a former pupil, passed the London matriculation examination last June. T Daniel Jones, another former pupil, after a year's apprenticeship at the Aberayron British School, was placed in the first division in the King's schol- I arship list. Last September at the entrance sholar- ship examination at Aberystwyth College, out of a very large numoer of competitors he gained apart ,1' <In P'fhi.hition. I recommend that special prizes for progress and diligence be awarded to the following pupils,- Emma Evans, Jane Evans, Olive M Jones, K Salina Davies, Elizabeth E Davies, Susan Jones. Elizabeth Jane Jones, John D Hughes, John L Evans, David Garfield Davies, and Daniel Octavins Davies. I am very glad to state that the relation between myself and my colleagues is of the most cordial character. The prizes were distributed by Principal Rob- erts to the following:—Emma Evans, book prize, "Ingoldsby Legends," certificates in mathematics and chemistry; Jane Evans, book prize, Mary, Queen of Scots," certificates in mathematics and chemistry, and honours certificates; Oliye M Jones, book prize, "Madame How and Lady Why," and honours certificate; K Salina Davies, book prize, "Short Studies in Nature," certificates in mathematics and chemistry and senior certificate; E Ellen Davies, book prize, "Rip Van Winkle," cer- tificates in mathematics and chemistry and senior certificate; Susan Jorfes, book prize, English Literature," certificate in mathematics and senior certificate; E Jane Jones, book prize, "Popular Tales," certificate in mathematics and a senior cer- tificate; John Daniel Haghes, book prize, "Sovven- irs of SomeContinents,"and junor certificate John Lodwick Evans, book prize, Reminiscences of the Great Mutiny David Garfield Davies book prize, "True Tales for My Gr¡ndsons, and scholarship certificate; Daniel Octavius Davies, book prize, Barracks. Bivouacs, &c. and scholarship certificate; Alice G Jones and M Jane Jones, certificates in mathematics and chemistry and senior certificate E Edgar Davies, certificates in mathematics and chemistry Thomas Lewis Jones, senior certificate; J Daniel Lewis, certi- ficate in mathematics Douglas Griffiths, D Stanley Howell, M Priscilla Rees, John Jones, Jenkin D Jones, Ellen Evans, Edith Jones, and William Owen Williams, scholarship certificates. Prizes for French, given by Miss K A Scott, B.A.:—Olive Jones, honours stage Susan Jones, stage III., John Daniel Hughes, stage I., D Octavius Davies, stage I., Madeline Davies, form I. Prizes given for History by Mr D Williams, B.A., honours certi- ficate, first place, Margaret Jane Jones, Alice Grace Jones, equal junior certificate, first place, M Priscella Rees, stage I., first place. Elizabeth Jones. Prizes presented by Mr Dewhurst, B,Sc., Jane Evans, Form V., mathematics and chemistry, K Salina Davies. I Principal Roberts afterwards delivered a speech, in which he said that he was glad to bear of the progress made by the school, and that the school was now recognised by the Science and Art Depart- ment under the new provisions, which by properly organized methods of training' it would be possible for it to add Z150 per annum to its income. In considering the general question of education,Prin- cipal Roberts said,without confining their outlook to Wales, the most important consideration was that of the proposed Government Bill which would be introduced next session, and which, notwithstand- ing the fact that they had already a system of secondary schoools in Wales. must necessarily pro- foundly affect the Principality. The Duke of Devonshire, in a speach which he recently delivered rather deplored the absence of enthusiasm touch- ing this project which, in his opinion, prevailed in England. Possibly the Duke, in speaking so, de. sired to quicken the latent enthusiasm, which un- doubtedly did exist in England, into voice and action. That there did exist such enthusiasm he had no doubt, whatever, an enthusiasm which, he believed, when called with a complete and organ- ized system of education would yield results of marvellous magnitude among the English people. Without entering into partisan topics, he would venture to indicate three main conditions, upon which all classes and parties would agree in anti- cipating legislation. The Bill should, in establish- ing a new educational authority—(1) have control of all existing educational authorities, with the county as unit. (2) As regards the constitution of that county educational authority, two-thirds of its numbers must rest on a representative basis He was not sure that it was the best course that the representative element should be"directly el- ected. He was inclined to believe that there was a preferable course. (3) That there should be no limit imposed by Act of Parliament in respect of the rating power of that body. Of course the body so constituted could only act in confirmity with the general sense of the electorate, but that should be the only limit to its spending powers. Again as a complementary principle, their contribution to the cause of education should be subsidised by pay- ments from the Treasury, and it should be a larger proportion to meet the smaller proportion. For they were not merely concerned with the individual future welfare of each pupil, but with the collective welfare of the people who had to mould the destinies of the British Empire. (Applause). One more point. The new authority should have power to train pupil teachers within its area. (Hear, hear.) Adverting to the work of secondary schools, Principal Roberts referred to two depart- ments of operations which determined the true value of their work. One belonged to the direct activity of the managers and teachers. He had had a good deal of experience with Welsh students, and he found that beyond all else they required direction in the matter of systematizing their studies, and to be taught the importance of physiol- ogical hygiene and physical development. The school also should indicate a mode of life. It should by the very excercise of its normal organic functions, promote good habits and its atmosphere should be poisonous to bad habits (cheers). In the second place, it should have a natural and receptive attitude to literature, science, and art. Tne smaller harmonies within it should merge naturally into the larger harmonies of life and eternity. Dr Davies proposed a vote of thanks to Principal Roberts for his address.—Mr Morgan Evans sec- onded, and Mr J C Jones and Mr J M Howell sup- ported, the resolution being enthusiastically carried. A vote of thanks was also accorded the Chair- man, on the proposition of Dr Davies, seconded by Mr D G Munro Hughes. A farce, entitled Apartments," was performed by a number of the student, and greatly enjoyed.
Aberystwyth. Rural District Council. A meeting of the Rural District Council was held on Monday at the Board Room, Union Workhouse, Mr Richard James, Henllys (chairman), presiding. There were also present Rev John Davies, Ceulany- maesmawr: Messrs Wm Morris, Cyfoethybrenin J. B. Morgan, Cynnullmawr; John Bonner, Lianafan; John Jones, Llanbadarn Upper James Jones, Llanbadarn Lower; David Davies, Llanfi- lrangel Lower; Daniel Jones, Llangwyryfon Daniel Morris, Llanilar Thomas James. Trefeirig: Evan Lewis, Llanrhystyd Haminiog; Joseph Parry, Melindwr; David James, Trefeirig; John Roberts, Uchayndre R. L. Thomas, Vaenor Upper and L. R. Lewis, Vaenor Lower with Hugh Hughes (clerk), E. Llewellyn (assistant clerk), and J. Hughes (inspector). TY CAM FOOTBRIDGE. The Clerk reported that the Llanbadarn Upper Parish Council had sent a cheque for £8 19s Id, as their quota of the' cost of the new bridge at Ty Cam. There was a difference of opinion, however, in regard to the payments. The Cwmrheidol Parish Council had paid one-tbird of the cost, but the Llanbadarn Council had only paid according to the rateable value, which came to 34s 3d less than at the rate of one-third.—Mr David Davies said everything concerning the two parishes named was paid for according to rateable value. The School Board rate for instance, was based on rateable value.—The Chairman said he could not understand the action of the Llanbadarn Upper Council in refusing to pay the one-third of the cost as agreed upon. If it had been decided to pay according to rateable value, how was it intended to arrive at the quota to be paid by this Council.—The Clerk said the dispute was one between the two Parish Councils. The resolution was that they must conr tribute one-third each of the cost. The Cwm- rheidol Council, however, held that there was an agreement between the two Parish Councils that each was to pay according to assessable value.— Mr David Davies said that that was the decision arrived at, and was the usual course adopted between the two parishes.—The Clerk said at the joint meeting of the Parish Councils held on June 22nd last, a resolution was then passed that the two Councils would be prepared to pay two-thirds of the cost by equal one-thirds. Mr Jenkins the clerk, had forwarded that resolution in writing to this Council.—Mr John Jones said Mr Jenkins had written that without any authority.—Mr David Davies said Mr Jenkins like himself, did not hear, very well, and probably he was not aware of what was passed by the joint meeting.—The Chairmanv thought it was a great.compliment to the members that they had put it in writing (laughter)-Mr Wm Morris proposed that the matter be referred again to the two Parish Councils, in order that they might settle it between themselves. Mr Daniel Jones seconded, and this was unanimously agreed to. A TROUBLESOME PIGSTYE. A letter was read from Mr Wm Williams, Felin- dre Llanrhystyd, giving what he said were the facts in reference to a pigstye which had been reported upon by the Inspector and Medical Officer. He said that the pigstye was built twenty one years before the house, its proximity to which is com- plained of.—It transpired that there was a dispute as to ownership, and legal proceedings are pending,, Rev, John Davies proposed that the case be referred to the Clerk, with power to take proceedings if he thought advisable.—The Clerk said if it was a nuisance, they had nothing to do with the dispute. Rev John Davies' proposition was agreed to. PROPOSED NEW BRIDGE. Mr, Hughes (surveyor) reported upon the steps he had taken to secure promises of subscriptions to- ward constructing a new bridge over the river Ceu- lan at Talybont. All the adjoining land-owners were pr-epared to contribute one-fourth of the cost, with the exception of the tenants of Alltgoch and Frongoch Farms, who said they would contribute El each.—Mr J B Morgan thought the offer made by the two latter was very reasonable, and in his opinion the Council should make up the difference, if any, in the cost. He would propose that instead of a wooden bridge, as at first intended, an iron girder bridge be coii:,t i-ucte(i .-ill r William Morris seconded, remarking that, he was astonished an accident had not taken place at this spot.-Rev John Davies said he knew of another person who would contribute towards the bridge if an iron one was erected.—In reply to Mr John Jones, it was stated the road was not a pansh road.—Rev John Davies said: the footpath which led up to the bridge on either side was a public footpoth, and was to all intents a highway.—The Surveyor was instructed to bring in an estimate of the cost of a stone bridge and an iron girder bridge. TALYBONT WATER SUPPLY. The Clerk intimated that the plans of the new scheme for supplying Talybont with water had been received.—On the motiou of Mr J B Morgaa, it was agreed that a deputation from this Council should meet representatives of the two Parish Councils on the site of the proposed works and consider the plans. POLLUTION OF THE YSTWYTH. A letter was read from the Local Government Board requesting to be supplied with certain in- formation before they could consent to take pro- ceedings under the Rivers Pollution Act against the Frongoch Mining Comnany in respect of the river Ystwyth.—The Clerk said he had replied to the communication, giving the lequired in- formation. ANOTHER BRIDGE REQUIRED. A letter was read from the clerk of the Llanrhystyd Parish Council, stating that that body had unanimously passed a resolution at their last meeting, calling the attention of the Rural Dis- trict Council to the necessity of building a new stone bridge over the river Peris by Rhydlas Isaf. A bridge had been sadly needed at this place for many years, as it was a very difficult place to cross, especially after rain. A committee was appointed to visit the place in order to ascertain what portion of the expense the inhabitants of the neighbourhood were prepared to bear. BORTH SEWERAGE AGAIN. A letter wa? read from the Local Government Board, asking to be furnished with the estimateand other particulars already referred to in regard to the sewerage of the villag,t of Borth. The Board also desired to be furnished with the observations of the Council upon the following letter received from Mr R. Fielden, of Borth Nov. 22nd. Sir, I beg to inform you that the wooden sewer at Borth is completely blocked up by the action of the sea, and that the effluent is bursting out at the sides of the trough, as it 'did before the repair were made for Mr North's visit to Borth la i. year. In my letter to the Local Government Board of i I1' J900'1 stated that this would be the onV tn l 1,1 Was not water"glJt, and carried out to low-water mark." The (' Ierk was directed to reply, stating that the .ewer had now been repaired, and that a compet- nt man had been appointed to take chursre of it. tl ^as *ls? agreed to forward the correspondence 1 arish Councils concerned, asking whether r f aiiy furttler observations to make on the matters contained therein. ROAD CLEANING AND REPAIRING. Mr James Jones asked whether the surveyors had served notices in their respective districts, calling upon the farmers to trim all hedges ad- joining the highways, and also to clean out chan nets. He referred mere especially to u piece of wher??p;Khy?las'inu Mr Morgan Davies' district, fnr c a^S m been allowed to remain fmm°T Mr Jones endeavoured to ascertain bee^ rim KUT-y°r whether these heaps had now renlv b.ut* amid much ^"ghter, the only reply he would give was that things were much im- proved this year. TohngTn?ng ,,the, ciu,cstion of hedge-trimming, Mr hio-hwav es a whether trees overhanging the so one of He- ° SUpp0Sed to be cut- because, if so, one of their own surveyors was under a mis- apprehension in the matter The Chairman replied that overhanging trees also came within the category. The Surveyor (Mr Thomas Edwards) said he could not be expected to have such large trees as- were at Gogerddan cut down. But in all cases where trees caused an obstruction to the highway he had them cut-The necessity of calling upon farmers to have their hedges cut and the channels cleared. was. impressed upon the surveyors. SANITARY INSPECTOR. On the proposition of Mr James Jones, Mr James Hughes was unanimously re-elected sanitary., inspector for the ensuing twelve months. .V A, t ROAD MAINTENANCE. Mr David Davies proposed that the road leading from Llanfihangel to Commins be taken over by this Council.—There was no seconder to the pro- position, and the matter fell through. SCARLET FEVER OUTBREAK. Dr John James reported that scarlet fever had occurred in the following places since the last meeting of the Council :-Dolguan, Brynmor-road, Rockfield Cottages, Llanbadarn Bilston House, Llanbadarn Factory, Pendre, and Prospect-place. It had been necessary to close Commins Coch School for a fortnight, owing to the prevalence of whooping cough. NEED OF ISOLATION HOSPITAL, Dr J. Arthur Rees, medical officer for the Southern District, reported upon the outbreak of scarlet fever at Bethel, Llangwyryfon, the majority of the patients being children attending Cofadail Board School. He had found it necessarv to have the school closed for a month. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to thoroughly disinfect all the cottages, owing to their peculiar construction. With such epidemics raging, it would be a great advantage to have an isolation hospital, because in such districts as Bethel, one could not keep ail. infected patient apart from the other members of the family, with the result that the epidemic spread over a very extensive area before it could be checked. He trusted the Council would not allow the water supply at Cnwch Coch, Llanfihangel, to fall into the background, otherwise lie feared another outbreak of diphtheria there. The order to remove the privy at Penhellyn had not he com- plied with, and proceedings would oe taken forthwith.—The members exhibited a strange timidity in regard to the isolation hospitai question, and allowed it pass without comment.—Mr James Jones made a startling declaration in regard to the privies at Cnwch Coclf. He said they were chiefly used for rearing chickens and storing potatoes (laughter).—Mr David Davies maintained there was plenty of pure water at Cnwch Cocb.- The Inspector said two wells had been condemned by the medical officer. A Dlentifnl snnnlv frnm "l:'r"'J .&& another source could be obtained at very little cost.-The Clerk was directed to communicate with the Parish Council in the matter. SANITARY INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported he bad visited Borth cul- vert, and found it blocked with sand. One of the planks had been knocked out of position, which admitted the sand. He had ordered Thomas Tibbott to clear and repair, and the work had been done satisfactorily. Tibbott was prepared to take charge of it, and keep it in repair at a price of one shilling a week. The Inspector reported upon the insanitary condition of Pentrellyn, Llanilar, Bron- geifr, and Tyngwndwn, Llanychaiarn. He had served final notices on the owners of Velindre, Llanrhystyd; and Pentrellyn, Llanilar. He had met the members of the Parish Councils of Parcel Canol and Melindwr, with regard to the water supplv of Penllwvn. but as no renlv hart høøn received from the Aberystwyth Corporation as to tapping the Plynlimon main, nothing was done in the matter. The Parcel Canol Parish Council wished to know, however, whether it was necessary that Bwlchgeuffordd should be included in the scheme. They had some sort of supply of their own. The Inspector said he could not approve of the water supply of Troedrhiwlwba Farm, and he had informed Mr T. H. Bonsall of the necessity of providing a proper supply for the farm. He had visited Bethel, Llangwyryfon, in consequence of an outbreak of scarlet fever, reported there by Dr Rees. He found 18 cases of scarlet fever there in nine different houses. Disinfectants were ordered, and school closed and disinfected before re-opening. He could not ascertain the origin of the disease, but thought it had been imported, He bad also visited Frongoch lead mines twice since the last meeting, which place he found none the better as regards the settling of lime. On both visits he found the settling pits quite full, and had been almost in the same condition since reported last time. Nothing whatever had been done to remedy the present state of things, and as matters were at present, they had no Dlace to settle thp. alirno Therefore, all the slime was washed from the mills to the brook, and carried away to the river Ystwyth. He had informed the manager of his visits, asking him what reasons he had for allowing the present state of things.—It was decided to engage the man Tibbott to look after the Borth culvert.
DEVIL'S BRIDGE. INSTRUCTION IN HORTICULTURE.—Last Friday, the County Council lecturer. Mr J. Lawson Pickard, F.R.H.S., of the U.C.W., Aberystwyth, concluded a week's visit to this neighbourhood. In spite of the heavy snow, Mr Pickard was able to put in even more than his usual heavy complement of work, be- ing engaged fully two hours both morning and after- noon in practical demonstrations, and another two hours every evening lecturing. He found the dis- trict very backward in the growth of fruit trees. and the cultivation of crops requiring trenching. such as onions, leeks, raspberries) etc. He depre- cated very much the large amount paid every year to outsiders for such products, which could be raised of a superior quality at home. In the course of the week he went thoroughly through the dif- ferent processes by which the above crops could be profitably grown. His evening lectures, besides treating of the subjects already mentioned, in- cluded two most instructive lectures-one on potato culture, and one one on the culture of the cabbage family. The concluding lecture, on bees and bee keeping was graphically illustrated by a powerful magic lantern. For the other lectures. drawings on the blackboard, most cleverly and rapidly executed, helped to make clear and fix on the mind the meaning of the lecturer. The fol- lowing gentlemen acted as chairmen of the differ- ent evening meetings: Mr D Jones. Post. -&& Mr T Jones and Mr T Oliver Jones, Rheidol House; Mr P Lobb, Hafod Arms Hotel, Rev C Evans, Ysbytty Cynfyn; and the Rev W E Jones, St Iago. Mr Pickard was very fortunate in having Mr Lobb's large and most convenient garden placed at his dis- posal for the various trenching demonstrations. "■* The demonstrations in pruning were given in the gardens of the Parsonage, the Post^Office, Mount Pleasant, and Frongrach. The next, visit of Mr Pickard, timed for April 11th, will be eagerly looked forward to by all who had thepleasure of attendiujr the valuable course of last week. It is quite cer- tain the visit has vastly developed our ideas of gardening, and there is every likelihood a corre- sponding development will result in practice, and an improved fruit and vegetable production.
■ —-v— DEVELOPMENT OF NEW QUAY. A movement is afoot to open up a communica- tion by water between Aberystwvth arid New Quay which, if brought'to a successful issue, will have' far-reaching effects on the latter place. The inten- tion is, we understand, to introduce a steamboat service in connection with the Cambrian Railways Company for passengers and general goods traffic New Quay is, undoubtedly, capable of considerable development, but whether it can he accomplished by this means remains to be seen. It is, however evident that the promoters of the scheme are con- fident ot its possibility, for they are negotiating with the Aberystwyth Harbour AULbority for terms.
NEWCASTLE EMLYN. CONC ERT AT CENARTH;-A grand professional concert was held at the above place on Wednesday evening with Mr Augustus Brigstocke, B,A., J.P:, in the chair, The artistes engaged were i—Soprano Miss R Peiliips. Emlyn; contralto, Madame Madge Watkins, Neath tenor, Mr E Beavan, Resolvru bass, Mr D Teifi Davies. The proceeds were in aid of the Oalviuistic Methodist Church ford4