Aberystwyth Town Council. THE FLUSHING OF SEWERS. WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. SMALLER HOUSES AT SMALLER RENTS. A meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Tuesday morning at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, when there were present the Mavor (Mr R J Jones, Alderman E P Wynne (ex-Mayor): Alder- man Peter Jones, Alderman W H Palmer, Councillors C K Williams, W Thomas. J P Thomas, T J Samuel, J T Davies, K Doughfcon, G Fossett Roberts, and R Peake, with Mr A J Hughes (town clerk), and Rees Jones (borough surveyor). CORRESPONDENCE. The Mayor announced that he had received a com- munication from Sir Arthur Higge, conveying to the Town Council the thanks of the Prince of Wales for their kind expressions of gratification that his Royal Highness had signified his willingness to accept the Chancellorship of the University of Wales, and that the Red Dragon of Wales was to be added to the arms Of his Royal Highness. An application by J V Lewis to be allowed to place bathing machines on the beach at South Marine Ter- race was ordered to be placed on the agenda of the next meeting. The Clerk said he had received a number of letters from Messrs Paton and Henry with reference to the action of the harbour master in changing the berth Of their steamer. The letters were referred to the Harbour Com- mittee. The Clerk reported he had received a communica- tion from Capt Doughton stating that the complaint made in regard to lifeboat rocket signalling would be placed before the next meeting of the Lifeboat Com- mittee. PORTLAND-LANE. A further communication was read from Mr J Mor- gan, stating that instead of an improvement, matters bad been made worse in the condition of l'ortland- lane. A communication was also read from the Local Government Board, enclosing copy of a further letter they had also received from Mr Morgan on the aubject. The Surveyor said he considered he had done all he eould to improve the surface of the road in the wav Of laying surface macadam and gravel. It looked a bit rough at present because the steam roller could not be taken there to roll it. Alderman C M Williams—Why not take the horse toller there ? The Surveyor—The experience of the past shows that that would do more harm than good, as the borse breaks up the road in pulling the roller along. It was decided, on the suggestion of the Surveyor, that the members visit the street at the end of the meeting. POSTAL FACILITIES. A letter was read from the secretary of the G.P.O., Stating that as soon as the necessary arrangements had been made, a Post Office, at which money order I and savings bank business could be transacted would be opened on the Marine-terrace. A feeling was expressed that the new office should be placed as far down the Terrace as possible. AN ANNOYING KNOINE. A letter was read from Mr W L Warrington, 7, Terrace-road, complaining of the serious nuisance caused by the noise made by a new gas engine at Mr Green's foundry. This arose from the air and ex- haust pipe. which were in close proximity to his pre- mises. The noise was intolerable to him and his household, and the engine was frequently run at night. He had been in the habit of letting apart- ments to visitors, and if this noise were allowed to continue, his prospects in that direction would be ruined. The engine was a 30 h p. Mr J P Thomas suggested that the town clerk should write to Mr Green asking him to stop the noise. "The Clerk said he would adopt Mr Thomas' sugges- tion, and he was given power to act in the matter. STREET PAVING. This matter cropped up in the form of a question asked by Mr Fossett Roberts as to whether the paving of Portland-lane was part of the scheme for the general improvement of the streets of the town. The Surveyor replied in the negative. Mr Fossett Ruberts said the sanction to the loa n of 3,OOO was obtained a considerable time ago, and Tery little of it had been expended. There could be no question as to the necessity of the work, and he thought the Public Works Committee should give it immediate consideration. It was stated that the work had now been com- ,,u menced, and that the surveyor had been stocking a quantity of paving stones. Mr Salmon asked if Trinity-rd would be completed before the summer. The Surveyor said the matter would now be taken in hand, and he would have the planrf and specifications prepared. A WORKMAN'S INJURY. A letter was read from Mr W P Owen, solicitor, who is acting on behalf of James Ellis, a mason, who re- ceived an injury to one of his eyes while working on the Promenade extension works. Ellis, it was stated, had gone to Manchester, where Dr Roberts had told him it would be necessary to take the ball of the eye out. It was intended to buy a horse and cart to start him as a carrier, and Mr Owen asked the Council to do whatever they could for him as soon as possible, as he had earned no wages during the past six months. The letter was referred to the Finance Committee. TRUNK LINE TELEPHONE. The General Purposes Committee reported having had an interview with Mr C S Denniss with reference to this matter, and it was arranged that Mr Denniss should communicate with the local authorities of Machynlleth, Newtown, Welshpool, Aberdovey, and Montgomery, and enquirejwhetherthey were prepared to join in a deputation to the Postmaster General for the purpose of obtaining a reduction in the guarantee required by the Post Office Authorities before a trunk line communication can be effected. PUBLIC LIBRARY. This committee reported that the Rev George Eyre Evans had been elected its chairman. The committee could not accede to a request of the secretary of the Working Men's Institute for the loan of a part of the Assembly Rooms to be used as temporary premises for the Institute, but they would gladly try to meet the Institute on the occasion of any concert, or large gathering. FINANCE. The Finance Committee recommended payments en current account amounting to £252 16s 7d, and on capital account (promenade extension) amounting to 4824 9s Id, and these were approved of. It was also agreed to order the payment of half-year's harbour an- nuities on the sum of 415,594 18s 9d, amounting to f.194 18s 9d. The agreement of lease to Mr Evan Owen, of a piece of land in Cambrian-street and the lease of No 6, Thespian-street, to Miss Ellen Evans were produced and approved of. It was agreed, on the committee's recommendation, that the piece of land adjoining the Terminus Hotel, and held by Mr Hugh Howell, but which it was proposed not to in- clude in the new grant to him, be granted to Messrs D Roberts and Son for a period to expire at the same time as the present grant of the Terminus Hotel at an annual rent of 10s per annum. A HOOD PROPOSAL. The Harbour Committee reported having con- sidered the following letter received from Mr C. S. Dennis, general manager of the Cambrian Railways Company :—" We are considering whether it would be practicable for this Company to run a steamer sex.t summer between Aberystwyth and New Quay, and in order that we may have the fullest possible information to enable us to determine whether we could undertake the risk, will you kindly inform me what charges would lie incurred for the use of the harbour at Aberystwyth for the purpose of landing passengers at high water, and as a berthing ground in rough weather. I presume it would be advisable in calm weather to berth off the Promenade, and to load and unload by boat from the shore. If your Harbour Committee could give me the benefit of their experience on any of these points, and also the information required with regard to charges, I should fee much obliged." The Harbour Master having furnished Mr Denniss with the particulars asked for with respect to berth- ing, &c., the committee recommended that the Railway Company be allowed the use of the harbour free of charge for the period of twelve months, and this was approved of. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. The report of this committee was presented by Alderman Peter Jones. It stated that the complaint of Mr Edwin Peters with reference to the alleged nuisance caused by the smell arising from the frying of chipped potatoes by Messrs Berni Brothers, and also as to the disorderly conduct of boys who fre- quent the shop and prcmtses having been considered, the Committee having heard the Medical Officer as to the first part of the complaint could not recommend any proceedings being taken but directed the Town Clerk to communicate with the Chief Constable as to the disorderly conduct of the boys frequenting the Mr Salmon thought action should be directed against the chipped potato machines about the streets, which were also a nuisance. The committee having recommended that. proceed- ings be taken against Mrs Gammon, who occupied uninhabitable premises in Bridge-street, the Clerk now reported that the tenant had left the house, and the Chairman said lie understood the house was to be pulled down altA)gtltlier.-Tlie Clerk also stated that notices had been served on Messrs Jones and J. Bennson, the occupiers of a house in Bryn-road, fer overcrowding. It was agreed that the road at the rear of the Hostel be metalled, and that a gate be placed at the Hostel end of the road to prevent its being used in future as hitherto. In reference to the letter of the Aberystwyth Rural District Council, asking the Corporation to supply the neighbourhood of Penllwyn with water from the Inynlimon main, the committee recommended the granting of the application upon terms already agreed Upon by the Council for a supply outside the borough, Namely, each branch from the main to have a meter -.tth a minimum charge of 30s per quarter.—The mendatlOn was adopted. rLtTsinxe OF eewota. The Surveyor had presented a scheme to the Public workg Committee for the periodical flushing of the main sewers by means of the water van, and by W" from the water courses where availably Mr T. J. Samuel said he was one of those who was thankful for small mercies. He was very glad to get this table, but he did not think it went far enough for the purpose he proposed first of all, and he found that he had the support of medical men in the town, who said that they ought to provide flushing tanks. The flushing van, as far as it went, was alright, but it did not do the work of flushing tanks. He hoped 0 that matter would be considered again. As to the pipe from the baths, he suggested that a larger pipe e should run into the main sewer, and he believed that would be a great advantage, as had been admitted by the surveyor himself. A suggestion was also made at the committee that the main sewer should be tested occasionally, and he would like the Surveyor to consider that what he wanted particularly now was the day of the week upon which these different places would be flushed. They all admitted that the surveyor had got more than he could do, and he could not be here, there, and everywhere. It was to th interest of all of them to see that the work was thoroughly done, and by having the times they could see that it was done. The sanitary inspector could also enumerate the number of flushings in his fortnightly report. The Mayor-If you get the report that will meet vour suggestion ? Mr Samuel—I should like to get this table fixed up in the surveyor's office to know what days the flush- in gs take place. Mr Peake-And if the surveyor is not there you will go and see that it is done ? Mr Samuel—Yes. Mr Peake-But we can trust the surveyor. Mr Samuel-I don't mistrust the surveyor. I have a high opinion of the surveyor. But we all must admit that he has his hands full, and the work must be done thoroughly. Alderman Palmer said he perfectly agreed with Mr Samuel's remarks, but did not think this flushing by van would be sufficient. They should have a system of valves, whereby the water could be accumulated in the sewers, and when freed would sweep every- thing before it. It would be better to spend a little more monev at once, instead of these half-measures. The Mayor—Are you moving an amendment. Alderman Palmer—I don't want to propose an amendment, but speak of what should be done. The Mayor-You were present at the committee, and am sorry you did not mention these matters then. Alderman Palmer—I accepted the proposal because the majority were in favour of it. Mr Samuel—My motion on the 19th November was that we should have flushing tanks on elevated positions, and Alderman Palmer is speaking on that point. Mr Salmon moved that the matter be referred back to the Public Works Committee for further considera- tion. There was no comment on the report at the committee, although ten members were present, and new things had cropped up since. Mr W Thomas said he hoped that whatever discus- ion took place at the committee meetings, would not bar full discussion at the Council meetings. He be- lieved new light had been thrown on the matter since the committee meeting, and he was prepared to second the amendment that the matter be further considered. No doubt, flushing tanks would answer the purpose better. Mr Peake said lie supported Mr Salmon's sugges- tion. It was all very well for Mr Samuel and Mr Thomas'to talk about flushingtanks. He asked the sur- veyor Was it not far better to have the sewers flushed by means of the van ? How were they going to flush the drains by means of flushing tanks ? Alderiyiazi Paliiier-Go to other towns and see how it is done there. Mr Peake-We have a matter of 400 or 500 gals. in the van, and you can get more flush from that than from any flushing tank. The Mayor said he hoped Mr Thomas did not think he wanted to check the discussion but he did not think it was right for any member to get up unless lie moved an amendment to improve the resolution before the meeting. Alderman Peter Jones said it seemed to him that all agreed that it was advisable that they should have an improved method of flushing. This was a scheme that could be carried out without serious outlay, and if they found that this was not effective to the extent anticipated, they could go in for a larger scheme. He thought it was well to define the time the flushing should be carried out. The Surveyor said he had not submitted the report without thoroughly considering it. The reas- ons he had given no time in his table was that the flushing would depend a great deal upon the tides. The flushing would have to be made for the most part when the tide was down. The report was then adopted, with the addition that a fortnightly report of all the flushings be made by the sanitary inspector. The amendment was withdrawn. GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE. A recommendation by this committee that a cheque for two guineas be tendered Mr G Eyre Evans for his valuable services in the revision and completion of the souvenir was unanimously accepted. The important questions with reference to the ar- rangements for public entertainments during the ensuing season, and in particular the engagement ofa Town Band had been discussed by the committee, and it was unanimously decided that the matter be considered by a committee of the whole'Council. FREE SITES. Alderman Peter Jones proposed that in the event of Aberystwyth being selected for the location of the offices of the Central Welsh'Board and of the offices of the University of Wales, the Corporation are pre- pared to provide suitable sites. The proposition was unanimously agreed to. MEDICAL OFFICER'S SALARY. The Mayor proposed that the Finance Committee consider the advisability of Jincreasing the salary of the medical officer of health for the borough. The Mayor said the post was an important one in such a town as Aberystwyth, and the duties that devolved upon the medical officer were far-reaching if properly carried out. The only way to have them carried out was to give their officer sufficient remuneration, so as to enable him to give the proper time to the work. He was sure he was not exaggerating the case when he said that Dr Thomas' work since his appointment had increased more than fourfold. He hoped the committee would recommend such an increase as to enable the doctor to feel a certain amount of inde- pendence in the discharge of his duties. Unless in- dependence was brought to bear on the work, it could not be carried out efficiently. He thought it was a matter of the greatest importance to them, having regard to everything that had occurred during the last few months, and the energy and work done by Dr Thomas in that time certainly justified him in placing this resolution before them. He found the salary at the present time was only £50 a year, and from'his knowledge of the medical officer's work that certainly was most insufficient. But even out of that sum Dr Thomas only netted £ 35 2s 6d, and he ven- tured to say that sum was ridiculously small, and they could not expect him to render that service to the town that the office demanded. He had every confidence that Dr Thomas had not neglected the work since he had held the office, and if they only recog- nised his services more liberally, he would be able to do a great deal more, and would be able to carry out the duties with that independency which was neces- sa rv to the office. Mr C M Williams having seconded, the proposition was unanimously agreed to. MORTGAGS. A resolution was passed to'receive the sum of iE400 from Mr John Jones, Talybont, on mortgage at three per cent on the workmen's dwellings account, and to authorise the Mayor to affix the cor- porate seal to the mortgage security. WORKMEN'S DWELLINGS. There were three resolutions on the agenda dealing with workmen's dwellings. The first by Mr T E Salmon, read that six additional workmen's dwel- lings be erected in Smithfield-road, adjoining the pre- sent workmen's dwellings at the same cost as hither- l to." The mover said there was no need to comment on the resolution, as they were all aware of the necessity. Mr C M Williams, who liada resolution to the same effect on the agenda, seconded. Mr T. J. Samuel proposed that the work be let by contract.. The surveyor had got more than lie could manage now, and the only explanation they had in committee that the paving of the streets had not been completed was that the surveyor had all his masons engaged on the workm(-,ng dwellings. If that was so, let them have the work done by contract, so that the Corporation masons could go on with the paving of the streets. Alderman Palmer said it would be well to consider the question of workmen's dwellings before they pro- ceeded further. They had already built twelve, and when the matter was last discussed the question was raised as to whether these were the right class ot workmen's cottages (hear hear.) He had protested all along that the cottages they were building were not the ones required for the working-men of this town. The house they wanted was a brick house, which could be built for f,100 or kl20, and a house that a working-man earning 183 or Zl a week could live in. They had passed a resolution that day to turn out certain families in Bryn-road. Where were they to eo to ? Would the Corporation let them those villa residences which they"had put up in Smithfield-road,, which they called workmen's cottages? In the summer time the people in those houses let lodgings, and they became as crowded as the very houses which tney were condemning in Bryn-road. He did not mean to say they were as dirty. They were very nice houses, and very clean, but in the height of the season they were more crowded than those in Bryn- road. What they wanted was that the Corporation should build workmen's cottages and let them at 3s or 3s 6d a week, and there should be a condition in the lettinf of those houses that they were not to take lodgers of any sort, either in the season or out of the season. He hoped they would send the matter back to the committee, and he would support the borrowing of another iP-3, 000 to build 30 or 40 cottages which could be let at 3s a week. But he did protest against the building of these houses, which were villa residences, and which did not accommodate the working men they were intended for. Mr C. M. Williams said he was sorry Alderman Palmer had not stated his objections when the Local Government Board inquiry was held. He maintained they could not now deviate from the scheme, and would have to build the 18 houses agreed to by the Local Government Board. However good the houses were, they were not too good for the working men of Aberystwyth. Perhaps it would be well in the next scheme for the Corporation to erect smaller houses, so that they could be let at a less rent. Two classes of houses were built in other towns. This, however, was part of the first scheme, and they could "not deviate from it without considerable delay. The precent houses wers, all •ccupieA by working-men, and he was not aware that they were overcrowded in the summer time. He believed, however, they were now in a position to proceed with another scheme, a they had now arranged with Messrs Roberts and Son for the renewal of the lease of the field near the river, and he hoped by the next meeting of the Council or the meeting after that the estimate would be ready of the cost of erecting smaller houses. Mr W Thomas supported the resolution as it ap- peared on the agenda. Mr Salmon said houses could not be built for £ 100 unless the Corporation gave the land at a nominal rent. Mr Peake was in favour of having the matter re- ferred back to committee, as he thought a scheme more advantageous to the workingmen could be devised. In reply to the Mayor, the Clerk said it was ob- viously clear that they could not depart from the terms of the loan without application to the Local Government Board. Alderman Peter Jones said he agreed with Alder- man Palmer that there was a class of workingmen who could not occupy and furnish houses of the de- scription now being built. They could take that class into consideration upon the completion of the original scheme. After further considerable discussion the amend- ment to refer the matter to committee was carried by seven votes to four. Mr W Thomas then moved that the Finance Com- mittec be desired to report as to the best means of erecting more suitable workmen's dwellings in var- ious parts of the town. He said Alderman Palmer's first speech had cleared the ground for this resolu- tion far better than he could have expected to do himself. He felt that houses rented at 4s 6d a week did not answer the purpose originally intended. What they wanted were houses in various parts of the town, built at a cost of £ 150 or so. The houses already built did not attain the object. Mr C M Williams—We want two classes. I don't think you are justified in saying that they don't an- swer the purpose. Mr W Thomas' said the committee should consider the question of building the houses, as far as pos- sible, in different parts of the town. Alderman Peter Jones—But we have no free land in different parts of the town. Mr C M Williams—Perhaps some private land- owners will let us have the land at a low rent. Mr Thomas appealed against the continual inter- ruptions to which he was snbjected. The Mayor asked that Mr Thomas should be al- lowed to proceed uninterrupted, otherwise they could not proceed expeditiously with the business. Mr W Thomas—It is hardly fair that these gentle- men sliouIX, occupy an hour and a half, and imme- diately I get up, they begin to interrupt Mr Thomas proceeded to advocate houses with double lets, which he thought would be of great service to the town. After further discussion, Mr Thomas' resolution was agreed to. POSTAL DEPUTATION. On the motion of Mr T E Salmon, seconded by Mr J T Davles, the Mayor, Mr C M Williams, and the Town Clerk, together with Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., were appointed a deputation to wait upon the Post- master General with reference to the unsatisfactory postal arrangements. FORTNIGHTLY OR MONTHLY MEETINGS ? Mr J T Davies proposed that the Council meetings in future be held once a month. The mover re- marked that perhaps this "wqpld not suit them all. (Laughter). The reason he Had moved in the matter was that since he had been on the Council he found so many orders given to one .official and the other, that meeting after meeting came, and the orders iven werc nocarried out. He thought if the/meetings were held once a month, opportunity would be given to have the work done. Mr C M Williams opposed the resolution on the ground that when the plan was tried on a previous occasion it did not work satisfactorily. They did not find the work of the town done too efficiently when they met fortnightly, and how could they manage, especially with all the speaking they had had for the last two hours. It would be a pity to de- prive the Council of such opportunities. Mr W Thomas—Especially some members. (Laughter). Alderman Peter Jones-I think our experience here to-day almost demonstrates the necessity of curtailing the number of meetings. Mr W Thomas—Or the speeches. Alderman Peter Jones seconded the resolution to test the feeling of the meeting. The Mayor strongly supported the resolution. On being put to the meeting, six voted for and seven against the resolution, which was declared lost. The Council rose, after a sitting lasting two hours.
CIT MRFIC.YDDIOI,A meeting of the Society of I Cymreigyddion was held on Wednesday evening, when the Rev J E Davies, B.A., read a paper on Giraldus Cambrensis." MUSICAL.—At a meeting held in Wrexham in December last. Miss Minnie Clark of Newtown was unanimously elected a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. DEATH.—The death took place on Monday, at an advanced age, of Mr David Lewis, tailor, Penrallt-street. Deceased was the father of Mr John Lewis, secretary of the Machynlleth Agricul- tural Society and Conservative agent for the Borough. ILLNESS.—Her many friends will regret to learn of the illness of Mrs Thomas, the only !ady member on the Machynlletb Board of Guardians, which has now extended for over a week. It is gratifying to understand, however, that she is progressing to- ward recovery. THE MARQUIS OF LONDONDERRY and Lady Helen Stewart left Wynyard Park, county Durham, on Monday for Belfast, where they will spend a week at Mount Stewart, the family seat in county Down, before going to London for the opening of Parliament. The King and Queen are to be guests at Mount Stewart for two days when they pay their promised visit to Ireland. The Marchioness of Londonderry remains at Wynyard till the end of this week, and will afterwards go to London to meet the Marquis and her daughter on their arrival from Ireland. PETTY SESSIONs.-The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday, January 1st, before Messrs T W Bons.all (in the chair), Edward Davies, D Wintringham Stables, and Richard Rees, Richard Griffiths, colliers, Garshon, and John Roberts labourer, Rhosfelin, Penegoes, were fined 10s. each, in default, seven days, for having been drunk and disorderly. Morgan Jones, farmer, Cwmdyrgon, Uwchygarreg, was ordered to pay 10s for being found on the licensed premises of the Red Lion on Christmas Eve.—John Evans, labourer, Llwynglas, was also fined 10s for having been drunk and dis- orderly on Christmas Day.—Evan Lewis, Bryntudr, Penegoes, farmer, was ordered to pay 10s for having obstructed P.S. Owen while taking a man into custody on December 23rd. The Chairman proposed, and Mr Edward Davies seconded, that, the congratulations of the Bench be forwarded to the Prince and Princess of Wales upon their attain- ing these titles, and this was carried.—Compli- mentary references were made by the Bench to the able manner in which the Clerk (Mr David Evans) had performed his duties during the past year as in previous years, and Mr Evans suitably acknowledged. EISTEDDFOD.—The following were the awards at the evening Meeting of the Eisteddfod held on New Year's Day under the auspices of the Church Sunday School :—Quartette, Miss Frances and party essay The services rendered to mankind by undomesticated forms of animal life," John Rowlands, Felingerrig; contralto solo, Susan Jones, Pennal; pincushion, Mary Greenfield knitted wool cuffs, 1 Bertha Pearce. 2 Hilda Harris; trio, John Lumley and Party best housewife, 1 Polly Morris, 2 Mabel Morris; Male voice competition, J Lumley and party calico patch, Marie Greenfield; tenor solo, J Erfyl Watkins antimacassar, Lizzie Evans, handwriting for girls, 1 M Humphreys, 2 Blodwen Humphreys baritone solo, prizes divided between Isaac Jones, Abergynolyn, and David Williams, Machynlleh; darning on stocking web, prize divided between Marie Greenfield and Maggie Humphreys; chief choral competition, Y Blodeuyn Olaf, "JO Williams and Party.-Messrs J J Humphreys and D Williams were the secretaries. The eisteddfod was well attended, and it is expected that upwards of £20 will be cleared. SMOKING CONCERT.—On New Year's Eve a smoking concert, under the auspices of the Volunteer Corps, was held at the Vane Hall, presided over by Mr Edmund Gillar.t. The object of the concert was to distribute the prizes won by the members of D Company at the shooting com- petition on Boxing Day, and to present the battalion prizes. The silver cup to Sergeant Sadleir aiad the company prizes were distributed by the Chairman, and the battalion prizes by Dr A. O. Davies. A programme of music was gone through, in which Sergeant-instructor Wilson, Colour-sergeant Jones, Privates Evans,R. Edwards,and Cule, Messrs Owen Morris, Owen Arthur, Master Billy Vaughan, and Miss Edwards, of London, took part. Private Cule was the accompanist. A vote of thanks was passed the Chairman, on the proposition of Dr Davies, seconded by Colour-eergeant Jones. The Volun- teers have determined to select a team of eight to .compete' in the battalion competition at Penarth range, Newtown, on Whit Monday. SOCIAL EVBNING.—A social evening in connec- tion with the Christian Endeavour Society of the English Presbyterian Chapel was held on Thursday evening last at the schoolroom. Refreshments provided by the lady members of the Society, were served from 7 to 8.30. An enjoyable programme of vocal and instrumental music was sustained by the following:-Mi- Frances Lewis, Mr George Caffrey, Mr Mothershaw, Master Willie Evans, Master Willie Hamer, Master Fred Bagguley, Mr Evan Jones (junior), Mr R. Llewellyn Jones, and Mr Morris Lewis. A party, conducted by Miss Frances Lewis, also sang. Mrs A. Philip Jones and Miss Frances Lewis were fche alcompanists. Mr John Rowlands, solicitor, presided, and a vote of thanks was accorded him, on the motion of the Rev Edward Williams (pastor), tectndcd by Mr R. U. Jones. A vate of thanks was also passed the ladies w' JO provided the refreafeoMate. FORTHCOMING MARRIAGE.—Lady Helen Stewart, who is to be married on the 25th of this month to Lord Stavordale, has had some magnificent wedding presents, and her father. Lord Londonderry, has' given her the Antrim family diamonds. Lady 1 Londonderry has given her, amongst other things, I a beautiful muff and boa. Lord Ilchester, the bride's future father-in-law, has given her a superb pearl necklace, and Lady Ilchester has presented her with a beautiful emerald and diamond parure. The Prince and Princess of Wales have sent a sapphire and diamond crescent. DEATH AND FUNERAL.—The deat-h took place under sad circumstances on New Year's Eve of Miss Lizzie Jones, only daughter of Mr John Jones, Draenllwydion farm, near Machynlleth, in her 24th year. Deceased about a month ago was on her way to Machynlleth to transact some business in the town, when she was suddenly taken ill, and fell down on the road. Being alone, she remained there some time before being found. She was then removed to Esgair Farm, the residence of Mr Parry, which was in the immediate vicinity, where she re- mained until she died, her condition being too serious to admit of her removal home. The funeral took place on Saturday last at the Machynlleth Cemetery, and was largely attended. The Rev Edward Williams officiated at the house, and the Rev J D Jones at the giaveside. QUARTERLY MEETING.—The quarterly meeting of thedelegates of the Wesleyan Sunday Schools in the Machynlleth circuit was held at the Machyn- lleth Chapel on Sunday last. Mr Edward Manuel. Corris, presided. There was a full attendance of delegates, together with Mr Evan Humphreys, Machynlleth (sec.), and Mr Robert Lumley, Com- mins Coch (treas.). There was a delegates' con- ference at eleven o'clock. At two, a public ser- vice was held, introduced by Mr W P Williams, Esgair, Llanbrynmair. Papers dealing with Sun- day School work were "read by Mr H R Owen, Corris; Mr John Pugh, Eglwysfach. Mr Richard Tibbott, Abercegir; and Mr John Ellis, Eglwys. fach. The delegates again met after the afternoon meeting. The evening service was opened by Mr Hugh Pugh, Machynlleth,. Further addresses on different aspects of Sunday School work were de- livered by Mr Edwin Davies, schoolmaster, Com- mins Coch Mr W P Williams, Esgair; Mrs Owen, Llwynygog, Upper Corris and Mr John Williams, Upper Corris, Mr Edward Rees, J.P on behalf of the Macbynlletb Church, thanked the delegates for their presence, and also those who had given ad- dresses. The singing, under the conductcrship of Mr H R Humphreys, was highly praiseworthy. WATCHNIGHT MEETING.—A social evening was held at the Wesleyan Chapel on New Year's Eve, in connection with the Young People's Literary Society. The tables were neatly laid out, and were in charge of Mrs Capt Arter. Mrs Owen Davies, and Miss Mary Humphreys. The catering was willingly done by Mrs J D Jones, assisted by Miss Edith Jones, and the Misses Evans, Lewis, and Pugh. A most pleasant evening was afterwards spent, when there was a large attendance, pre- sided over by the pastor, the Rev J D Jones. The programme included part songs by the Tabernacle Party, and by Mr H R Humphreys and friends a duet by Messrs Jones and Edwards; recitation, Breach of Promise," by Mr L J Williams; songs by Mr Isaac Davies and Mr Erfel Watkins selections on the mandoline, by Mr Ted Wood, and on the auto-harp by Mr W Latham; and a recitation, Gorphenwyd," by Mr James Stephens. The audi- ence then adjourned from the schoolroom to the chapel, where the Rev J D Jones preached an ap- propriate sermon. In this mauner the time was spent until the dawn of the new year. The pro- ceedings were successful throughout, and reflect great credit upon Miss Edith Jones and Mr E T Humphreys, who had organised the programme.
MACHYNLLETH IN 'THE STORY OF WALES.' In view of the aspersions lately cast upon the authenticity of the name Maglona, as applied to Machynlleth, by prominent members of the Cym- reigyddion Society, the publication of Mr O. M. Edwards' admirable book, The Story of Wales," is of absorbing interest to the townspeople of Mach- ynlleth who read and who think. The town is full of hazy stories of the past; mention is freely made of Roman roads and of Roman copper and lead mines, and of Machynlleth (Maglona) as a meeting place for North and South in the days of tribal rule. The existence of such local traditions is not to be ignored, and such traditions call for an attempt at solution, but when credence is given to them by such a brilliant historian as the author of The Story of Wales" in the "Stories of the Nation series, then, such as are interested in their country and in the story of their own town must needs ask Whether, after all, these things are not really so ? Various explanations have been offered of the common illusion that Maglona is a Roman name and many are satisfied when they have suggested that Machynlleth is a compound of two or more common names, or that it is a hidden form of the name of some prince of the early days. These must now halt, for in this book, which is a historical treatise and not a collection of popular stories and unsifted statements, like The Mirror of the First Ages (" Drycb y Prif Oesoedd ) and indeed some very modern books on Wales, we find a definite statement on one of the excellent little maps given in the book that Machynlleth was called Maglona in the days of the Romans and that a Roman road, leading from Maridunum in the South to Segontum in the North, passed through Luentinum-now a small station on the railroad that connects North and South, the M. and M. Railway-and through Maglona. Full description is given of this road- Sarn Helen-on the map on page twenty-two of this excellent book. The reader will there find the modern names of the towns given above. Speaking of the post-conquest days the historian shows how the rule of the Lords Marchers came to an end under the strong government of the Tudors and bow the marches were divided into counties. One of these counties was the county of Montgomery, and on page 313 this book says that Montgomeryshire was formed out of two very unequal portions." Of these parts -1 the second (part) is the eastern valley of the Dovey, including Cyveiliog and the old Roman town of Macbynlleth. The word of the historian should stimulate the members of the Anti- quarian Society of Cyveiliog to search their town and commote for proofs to support or to refute that word. Valuable and valueless testimony is forth- coming in OUT town in support of statements made as to the later period of Glendower, but of the Roman period there is absoluteiy none. The book brims with facts that must be of the deepest in- terest to those whose lot it is to abide in any of those towns which played an important part in the complex struggle waged by the princes of mediaeval Wales for their own supremacy or for the inde- pendence of their country. The geographical des- cription of the mountain systems and the rivers of Wales in the first chapter is excellent reading and explains at a glance how the valleys and bleak moorlands between these mountains became ot his- torical importance in the story of the principality of Wales. The doings of the Norman barons sent by the Conqueror (William I.) to Chester, to Shrewsbury, and to Hereford, are vividly described in the chapter on the Norman conquest. Shrewsbury was made the base of operations against the land of Powys and the Upper Severn. Plinlimmon alone formed a natural barrier against the inroads of the ruthless Norman knight to Ceredigion. How Hugh of Montgomery refused to consider the mountains of Plinlimmon as a sufficient obstacle to his raids is fully told in chapter IV. Shrewsbury (Y 'Mwythig) is to-day a constant word on the lips of the children and adults of Machynlleth, for, even to-day, it has its part to play in the government of the rebellious and the riotous of that district, on which the envious eye of the son of Roger of Montgomery fell eight centuries ago. It is probable that Machynlleth never fell into Norman hands, otherwise its com- manding geographical position would have been the occasion for the springing up of a Norman castle somewhere in the neighbourhood. Robert of Belestue, the most powerful of his Norman barons, was entrusted by the Red King with the task of reducing the land between the Berwyn mountains and the hills or Ceredigion. The narrative abounds with exciting tales, such as those of Mabel, of the cursed house of Belesme.and of Owen ab Cadogan's kidnapping of bis cousin Nest, even from her father's great feast for the honour of God." Mach- ynlleth was ever true to the Welsh prince of royal descent against the intruding Norman barons, so that when Edward II.—the first Prince of Wales- gave Powys Castle to a Charlton, one of the royal favourites, rather than to Griffith, a Welsh prince entitled to it by Welsh law, the people of Machyn- lleth refuted to abide by the King's decision. It is clear from the above and from the story of Glen- dower's airuggle against Welsh treachery and English arrongance that those portions of the county of Montgomery, which corresponded to the Welsh portions of to-day, always gave the readier response to the trumpet of the Welsh chief and offered the more stubborn resistance to the Norman and Anglo-Norman invader. To the lover of local lore the chapter on Glendower is naturally that of the mo9t absorbing interest. Once it was the fashion with English writers of history to dismiss Glendower with the trite remark that he just failed to reach Hotspur's camp in time to take part in the rebel's light against his king. No attempt was made to explain the appearance of such a man in Wale* at that particular period, and his wonderful career vw summed up in a single sentence, He spent th* rest of his days amongst the mountains of his oowntry." Later historians have seen in him a clever §*erilla leader, who knew his country well and wh* availed himself of every advantage that sail aad ofiwate offered him to harass bis enemy. In this "Story of Wales" the old belief current amoagsfc the Saxons of Glendower's day, and which Shakeqpftze puts in Glendower's mouth with the And all the courses of my life do show I am not in the roll of common men," is not even mentioned. Time and circumstance are examined for the light they throw on the ap- pearance in Wales of a dreamer of dreams which were to be realised many centuries after his death. The historian tells the story of another man of action and also a dreamer of lesser dreams-Owen of Wales (Ifan de Galles), who fought against the English at Poitiers and who taught Bertrand his warfare he shows how the bard had taken the place of the friar as the exponent of the new period of thought" towards the close of the fourteenth century. Welshmen had begun to grow rich and Welsh towns had been growing prosperous. All these facts, given in the bright narrative of the chapters dealing with The Long-bow and the Black Death," "The Rule of the Lords," "Bard, Friar, and Lollard," the historian presses to his service to account for the deeds and the ideals of the hero (Glendower) whom he depicts with the sympathy of a countryman, yet with the calmness of the historian in a chapter pregnant with sug- gestive freshness. The relative importance of the towns of Dolgelley, Harlech, and Machynlleth as the senatorial towns of Glendower is discussed with I judgment of a historian. From the contents of the letter sent from Pennal to Charles of France, it is shown what the three great aims of Glendower's life were First of all. he aimed at restoring the independence of Wales. Secondly, he aimed at restoring the independence of the Welsh Church. Thirdly, he wished to establish two universities in Wales, one in the North and one in the South." Glendower met a devout abbot of Valle Crucis who was afoot, for piety's sake, at an extremely early hour of the morning and said to him, Sir Abbot, you have risen too early." Well might Sir Abbot answer, No, it is you who have risen too early- by a hundred years." For these words, and for the facts on which the abbot based his modest conclu- sion, the reader must consult the chapter on Glen- dower in The Story of Wales." Henry Tudor, on his way to the epoch-making field of Bosworth, marched from Haverfordwest towards the Teivy, which he followed on his north- ward march. He passed through Machynlleth and crossed into the valley of the Severn, taking New- town and Welsbpool on his way. No further mention is made of the town of Machynlleth in this interesting book, but the chapter on the Blind Loyalty "of Wales during the great civil war of the Stuart period is of local interest, for in it is frequent mention made of the towns in the eastern part of Montgomeryshire. As a story of ourown town and county this book is indeed interesting, and as a story of the Welsh nation it is of surpassing interest. E. i
Urban District Council. The ordinary meeting of the above council was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, when there were present—Mr Edmund Gillart (chairman), presiding; Mr J. M. Breeze (vice-chairman) Messrs J. M. Jones, Richard Owens, John Thomas, John Pugh, David Smith, Evan Reese, G. Parsons, and Richard Gillart; with Mr John Rowlands (clerk), Mr Phillip Jones (assistant clerk), Dr A. O. Davies (medical officer), and the Surveyor, Mr John Jones, THE CLOCK TOWER. The Surveyor said, in reply to the Chairman, that the light in the clock tower was at its lowest ebb at abont ten o'clock. The Chairman thought that a report should be submitted by Mr Pearce, and this was passed. THE SEWAGE SCHEME. A letter was received from Mr Charles Smith, the late Clerk of the Works, asking whether the sewage scheme would be taken up by the Council. If so, he offered his services. LOCATION OF UNIVERSITY OFFICES. A communication was received from Mr Ivor James, registrar of the University College of Wales, stating that the question of the location of Univer- sity Offices would come before the Court in May next. The Chairman said that some years ago, when the question was considered, the Council were of opinion that MachynlIeth would be in the running for the site. At that time a petition was submitted to the Court. He would like to know the feeling of the Council on this matter on the present occasion, as to whether they were of the same opinion. Seriously speaking, he asked if they thought they had any chance, if they thought so, the matter should be dealt with in earnest. Mr Pugh remarked that some places offer a site for the offices. He thought Machynlleth had cer- tain advantages, such as its central position, and there could be no harm in pointing out those advantages. He proposed that the matter be left to the Committee who dealt with the matter some years ago—that is, be added, if they were alive. The Chairman-Do you mean alive to the work ? Mr Pugh-Alive in both senses (laughter). It was resolved that the Chairman, Mr E. Reese, Mr R. Owen, with the addition of Mr Pugh and the Vice-chairman, take the matter in hand, with power to act. FACTORY AND WORKSHOPS ACT. A communication was read from the Home Office, stating that certain powers were now given to Urban District Councils to see that the regulations of the Factory and Workshop Act, 1901, were carried out, and enclosing forms which, it was desired, should be placed in prominent places. Mr R. Gillart returned the plans of the proposed new sewer through the Caebach field, and stated, on behalf flf the owners, that they thought the works they now proposed were nunecessary,and that they could not accede to the Council's request. The Chairman was of opinion that the Com- mittee which had been appointed should now re-consider the whole question, and if a nuisance existed it should be abated by some other means. The matter was referred to the Committee. Mr Thomas proposed that the Committee should meet at once, it being an important matter, and it was eventually decided to fix the meeting on Friday at 10 o'clock. THE BARRACKS. The Medical Officer said that the cesspool at the Barracks was in a most filthy condition, and that it should be done away with altogether. At present the pipes that are connected with the closets are not on a proper level to carry the contents into the streets. The cesspool would now have to be closed, and he was of opinion that the inspector should be instructed to do so. Mr Pugh proposed that the Chairman, Mr R Gill- art and the Surveyor should visit the place that morning. The following were appointed to inspect the place and to carry out the necessary repairs :-The Chair- man, Mr R Gillart, Mr John Pugh, and MrGParsons; and the Chairman said it was necessary that they visit the place that day, as the Medical Officer had so strongly dwelt upon the filthy condition of the premises. DOLL. The Medical Officer having stated that the above place was in a filthy state, and that the closets had ceased the work, three days' notice were given to do the necessary repairs, otherwise legal proceed- iugs would be taken against them. MALDWYN PLACE. The Surveyor said the work of this place had been partly finished. The cesspool was choked up. The Medical Officer said that the way in which the repairs were now being done was not the proper way. He suggested that the drain should be carried into the main drain. The place would be in the same state again in a week unless something more was done. Either the drain should be carried into the main dram, or the cesspool should betaken further away. It was decided that notices requesting the owners to carry out the Medical Officer's recommendations be served. LIGHTING. Complaints had been received that there was not a sufficient supply of gas at Heol Iorwerth. The Chairman said this was a very important matter, as a greab deal of building had been going on in that part of the town lately. He suggested that a de- putation should wait un the Gas Company with a view to having a better supply in that Dart of the town. Mr John Pugh then moved to that effect, and it was decided that a deputation, comprising the Chairman, the Vice-chairman and the Clerk, should negotiate with the Gas Company. A NEW ROAD. The Clerk said that a ratepayer had called upon him the other day in regard to a scheme for the construction of a new road from Maengwyn-street to Graigfach. He (the ratepayer) asked him if the Council would give them their aid in the matter. The Clerk promised that he would bring the matter before the Committee on Friday, but told him that the best course would be to send a letter to the Council with that request. Up to the present he had not received any communication whatever, al- though he had seen one or two ratepayers. Arrange- ments had been made for the carrying out of the work if certain parties would agree. The Chairman asked what the Council were ex- pected to do. The Clerk said that the position was this A cer- tain party had approached the owner of the Cross- pipes with a view to buying the site and obtain a piece of land in order to make a street from Maen- gwyn-street to Graigfach. Part of the land had been promised, but there still remained some to be purchased, if possible. The proper authority had not been approached. On Friday he was given to understand that the Council would be asked whether they would give financial aid to the pro- ject, and also whether, if the land was secured, the Council would make the road. Mr Reese proposed that the matter be allowed to lie on the table, as they had bo inform- ation to go upon. They did not know what the re-1 sponsibility was, or what the advantages of the scheme were. Mr J. Pugh thought it would hardly be fair to: allow this matter to lie on the table. It might be a great improvement to the town. He certainly thought they should consider the matter, but at the same time he thought they might approach the parties, and ask them to state their application in writing. rr Mr Richard Gillart said the matter was practi- cally in its infancy, bat if there was anv advantage which the town would gain t,he matter should be considered. He thought the better plan would be to defer the matter until more information was forthcoming, but that the matter should not be allowed to drop. The Chairman said it appeared to him that if the scheme would prove to be an improvement to the town, they should by all by all means consider it, and give them every support. What was usual in taking over abroad was to to see that the owners should first put it in a proper state of repair, but in this case they had not at the present time enough information about the seheme. He also thought that in future a scheme of this sort should be sub- mitted in the form of a letter. Mr Pugh said if it was an improvement to thp town, they should encourage the people to come forward. He proposed that the Clerk should write ana request them to formulate their scheme, and explain what they desired the Council to do. Mr David Smith seconded. Mr Richard Gillart said if they bad a scheme they should send it in; it was not the Council's duty to go after them. The Chairman—We only ask for further in- formation. Mr R. Gillart moved an amendment to the effect that the promoters should seud in some further particulars of their scheme without the Council's asking. The Chairman said that by asking for further in- formation the Council would not be going after them. They would not bind themselves in any way. The matter was then put to the vote, when fonr voted for the amendment, and six for the original proposition. It was therefore resolved that the Clerk write to the. promoters to ask them for further particulars. THE SURVEYOR. The Surveyor (Mr John Jones) asked leave of absence from his duties for four or six davs. A member asked if he was going on his honey- moon (laughter), The Chairman said it was a reasonable request, and on being put to the meeting the membrrs were unanimous in granting the request. THE COLLECTOR'S STATEMENT. The Collector reported that the amount out- standing that day was E337 gs 3. He wished to know whether he was to prepare a list of the de- faulters by the next meeting, which would be the last of the financial year. It was resolved that he prepare a list by the next meeting.,
TRISANT. EISTEDDFOD SUCCESSES.—The members of Tri- sant Calvinistic Chapel are to be congratulated on their various successes, both musical and literary, at the annual eisteddfod, which was held at Cnwch Goch, on Wednesday, January 1st (New Year's Day). The following represents the successes.— Quartette, "LIef o Macedonia," Mr Matthew Evans, Nantgwyn and party. Party of eight, Y Wraig o Ganaan," led by Mr Matthew Evans. The same party also won on a selection of their own choice. Tra Heulwen Haf," the rendering of which received the highest praise from the adjudicator, Mr J J Hughes, A.C. The quartette at "filst sight," was divided between Trisant, Talybont, and Ystumtuen, The chief choral competition-test Molwch yr Arglwydd," (J Ellis, Llanrwst), was also won by the Trisant Party, nnder the leader- ship of Mr William Bonner, Glantrisant. In the literary competitions Mr David Davies (Ap Gwilym Blaenwaun, secured the prize for Memoriam Verses, to the late Mr Evan Williams, Cnwch Goch, who was a victim in the Senghenydd dis- aster. The Rev R Gwmryn Jones obtained the prize for memoriam verses to the late Sarah Lizzie Jones. Cnwch, while the prize for similar verses to the late Mr Griffith Jones, Cwmnewidion Isaf. was divided between Mr David Davies (Ap Gwilym), and Rev R Gwmryn Jones, Trisant. Solo tenor, Bugeiles yr Wyddfa," Mr John Morgan, Ystum- tuen. Baritone solos, Mr Josiah Mason, Ystum- tuen. URDD Y DELYN."—Cynaliwyd y cyfarfod cyn- taf o'r fiwyddyn newydd, yn nghapel y Methodist- iaid Calfinaidd Trisant, nos Iau, Ionawr 2il. Er fod y tywydd braidd yn anffafriol. daeth nifer dda o'r aelodau yn nghyd. llywyddwyd y cyfarfod gan Mr William Bonner, Trisant, un o arweinvdd- ion y gan mwyaf medrus y sir. A ganlvn vdvw rhaglen y eyfarfod-Can agoriadol, sef Alaw Gym- raeg, Codwn yn Iluoedd," gan Mr Matthew Evans, Nantgwyn. Yna darllenwyd rbanau o'r Yisgrythyr, ac holwyd ar Hanes Cymru gan Mr D Joseph Lewis, C.M. Cafwyd adioddiad gan Miss Davies, Glanllyn, a Master David Bonner, Glantrisant. Yna darllenwyd penillion o'i gyfan- soddiad'ei hun-testun," Yr wydd Sadolig, gad Mr Joseph Davies, Glantrisant, a Mr Jenkin Morris, Frongosh-fach. Llongyfarchwyd y ddau uchod gan Mr David Davies (Ap Gwilym) am eu gwaith yn ymgeisio a chyfansoddi mor dda. Ter- fynwyd y cyfarfod trwy ganu Goleu yn y Glyn," gan Mr Matthew Evans, Miss Morris, Mr Jos. Davies, a Miss M J Mason. Er nad yw y sefydliad eto ond newydd gychwyn, gellir dweyd ei fod yn flodeuog iawn, ac y cefnogir ef gan bersonau mwyaf hyddysg a tbalentogy lie. Yma rhoddir cyfieustra a phob mantais i'r bobl ieuainc, i feithrin a diwyllio eu meddyliau, ac ymarferyd i siarad yn gyhoeddus ar wahanol bynciau. Carem weled llawer mwy o bobl ienainc yr ardal yn manteisio ar y cyfieustra o ymunoag "Urdd y Delyn." sefydliad sydd ag amcan mor ardderchog, sef, Codi yr hen wlad yn ei hoi.
TALYBONT. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Thurs- day last, before Mr J T Morgan and Major Jaunton. J No Lights.-Lewis Williams, Tre'rddol, butcher was nned Is and costs for driving a horse and trap without lights at more than a walking pace on the night of December 13th between Eglwysfach and Furnace. P.C. Edward Thomas proved the case. Poachiag.-Richard Richards, collier; Edward Jones, mason and Richard Evans, labourer, all of Talybont, were charged with on the 27th December trespassing on land, belonging to Sir Pryse-Pryse, Bart., in the day time in pursuit of game. Lewis Daniel Jones, Llwyaybuarth, Lodge Park, game. keeper, said he found the defendants in Pantglas Wood. They had a ferret and three dogs with them. He knew them all. When he went up to them they ran away. He did not see any rabbits in their possession.—Fined 5s and cosu-A im. ilar charge against Edward Roberts, Bryngole, Tal. ybonk, was adjoined for a month.
RHYDLEWIS. Nos CALAN cawsom yma wledd nas anghofir yn fuan gan Dr Gomer Lewis, sef ei ddarlith odidog ar Ffair y Byd yn nghapel Hawen. Cymerwyd v gadair (yn absenoldeb y Parch R T Lloyd, Troed- yraur, yr hwn a gafodd ei luddio gan afiechyd) gan Dr Powell. Wedi cael gair yn fyr o'r gadair, gal- wyd ar y Dr. Ni raid iddo wrth ganmoliaeth, can fod poblogrwydd y ddarlith hon yn fyd adnabydqjis bellach, ac yr oedd y ffaith fod y capel yn orlawn cyn amser dechreu, a'r tywydd mor anffafriol, yn dangos fod disgwyliad mawr am glywed y darlith- iwr. Yr oedd yr elw yn myned tuag at y Tele- craph" sydd wedi dod i'r gymdogaeth. Gobeithio fod elw sylweddol wedi ei gael gan ei fod yn am- can daionus ac yn amcan ac y dylai pawb deimlo mwy o ddyddordeb vnddo. DIRWEST —Nos Wener canlynol cynhaliodd j Undeb Dirwestol *Aberbanc eu cyfarfod misol o'r gymdeithas yn ngbapel Coedybryn (M.C.) Y prif siaradwr oedd y Parch Dan Evans, Hawen. Dech- reuwyd y cyfarfod gan Mr D Jones, Llainmanal, ac yna cafwyd gair gan y Cadeirydd, Parch D Jones, Gwernllwyn. Dywedodd fod amryw i siarad, ond fod yr amser wedi ei gyfyngu i bobun,sef 5 munnd, ond fod y Parch D Evans i gael ei amser ei hun. Yna galwyd ar Mr John Davies, Maesgwynne, a cbafwyd ganddo ychydig eiriau o'i brofiad ef yn nglyn a dirwest. Galwyd hefyd ar Mr Ben Davies, Blaenychau, ac ar ei ol cododd y Parch D Evans. Cafwyd ganddo araetb odidog ac un nas gellir ei hanghofio yn fuan a gobeithio y gwnaiff adael ar ei hoi effaith ddaionus, ac y ceir gweled lluoedd yn dvfod i ardvstio, ac y ceir gweled baner dirwest yn cael ei cbwifio yn uwch ar ol y cyfarfod uchod. Carwn weled mwy o ffvddlondeb ynglyn a'r cyfar- fodydd hyn, gan mai mewn undeb mae nerth. MANio.N.-Da genym fod y frawdoliaeth yn y He wedi penderfynu adeiladu Ty Capel. Diau fod eis- iau adeilado'r fath.ac y dylasai fod gan bob eglwys, bydded fychan neu fawr. Hefyd da genym hys- bysu fod y parcbus weinidog, sef y Parch D Oliver yn graddol welia, a'n dymuniad ydyw iddo gael adferiad buan i'w gynefinol iechyd,' ac y cawn ei weled vn fuan yn gwasanaethu yr achosfel yn y gorphenol.-CARDI.
LONDON. BEAUCHAMP-ROAD CHAPEL.—On ChristmK night a successful competitive meeting was held at the above chapel. The chair was taken by Mr James Evans, Streatham. The prizes for the best letters were won by Mr E. and Miss Williams, Park- road. There were good competitions in all the items. The adjudicators were:—Music, Mrs Susannah Pierce and Mr D. O. Evans reottatione, Mr Tom Jenkins. A feature of the meeting was the excellent singing of Miss Harriett Hughes, for whom a bright future is predicted in the musical world. The meeting ended with the singing of "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," the solo being taken by Mr Williams, Cardiff, brother of Mira Morfvdd- WiUiatns.
BARMOUTH. WATCHNIGHT SERVICE.—A religious service consisting of an address" songs, and solos was held at the Wesleyan Chapel to usher in the New Year. The Rev Cadvan Davies conducted the ser- vice, and delivered an appropriate address. The artistes included Miss Evans (soprano), Festiniog; Mr J T Owen (Baritone), Miss Lizzie Jane Price, Miss Jenny Jones, Miss Ada Hevin Davies, Mr Grif- fith Price, Mr Samuel Davies, the local male voice choir with Miss Williams, Glanmorfa,as accompanist. The singing was highly appreciated. Although the meeting lasted over two hours, the best decorum prevailed. The number present fell much below that of previous years, which may be accounted for by the fact that the days of these untimely meetings are fast coming to an end. Admission was by ticket, the proceeds going towards the cause in general. PREACHING MEETINGS.—The Welsh Congrega- tionalists worshipping at Siloam Chapel held their annual preaching meetings on Tuesday evening and the whole day on Wednesday (Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). For this year's meeting only two ministers had been invited to take part in the service, namely, the Revs W J Nicholson, Portmadoc, and D' Stanley Jones, Carnarvon. All the sermons were excel- lent, and at the two evening services, which were held at Caersalem Chapel, the congregations were large. MUSSLES.—This branch of industry, we are sorry to report, has not turned out so prolific as was anticipated at the commencement of the season. This may be accounted for by the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries Committee not granting the pecuniary assistance towards replenishing the beds, that were well cleared of stock at the close of the previous season. The mussles that are shipped from this estuary to the English markets always fetch a high price and a ready sale. The mussle men should, by all means, be assisted, so as to keep the beds well-stocked with young crop. SELBORNE SOCIETY. It seems that this useful society, which at one time was very active in spreading its laudable objects in this neighbour- hood, is now very little heard of. It is to be hoped that it may yet soon revive, and continue its former activity. There is much work yet to be done in our midst by this society. EISTEDDFOD MEIRION.—The local Male Voice Choir did well at Dolgelley on New Year's Day, especially considering the odds against them. When the news was received at Barmouth that the prize had been divided between them and the Moelwyn Choir, it created great excitement, and the choir, on returning home at night. received quite an ovation. Mr G. Griffiths, the conductor, is to be congratulated on having brought his choir to such a state of efficiency, and it is to be hoped that next year he will be able to carry off the whole prize.
CAPEL SEION. BI-MONTHLY MEETING.- A bi-monthly meeting of the Calvinistic Methodist Sunday Schools of Ibis district was held on Sunday at the above chapel Mr David Samuel, M.A. the newly-elected president occupied the chair throughout the meetings, and Mr Abraham Joel, secretary was also in attendance. An unusually large number of representatives were present during the day. The first meeting at 9.20 1 was of a very unique and novel character, the following being the programme :— 1. singing Gyda'r Oen." 2, recitation of St John xiii, 1-17: 3, Prayer the Rev D. Teify Davies; 4, singing Fendigedig Iesu" 5, Catechising of the children by Mr T. C. Jenkins, Ebenezer on, chap xxi of the Rev W. Lewis' catechism 6 sole, Katherine Ellen Jones; 7, recitations, by John Pugb. Isaac Thomas Evans, ond Eleanor Jane Evans 8. solo, the Rev D. Teify Davies- Dagrau'r lesu (words by Pro- fessor Edwards) 9, Catechising of the children by Mr William Griffith (Waterloo) Tabernacl on chap. xxv. in Rev W. Lewis' Catechism 10, address by Professor E. Edwards, M.A., Salem 11, Chant first Psalm 12, Prayer led by the children. The I singing was under the conductorship of Mr J. Morgan Jones. At 11 o'clock the minutes of last meeting were read by the secretary, and confirmed. This was followed by a discussion on the Incarna- tion, which was led by the reading of a paper on the subject by Mr William Jones, Tabernacle. The following took part, Mr Morgan Williams, Llan- badarn, Mr Teify Davies, Professor Edwards, Mr James Rowe, Waen, Mr John Jones, Bath-street and the president. In the afternoon meeting at 2 o'clock, Mr James Rowe introduced the service, and a lively hour was spent with lioli'r pwne, the 1 portion of scripture selected being St John's Gospel, chapt xiv. Both 'the afternoon and morn- ing services showed that much preparation had been bestowed on the several subjects in which adults and children were catechised. Mr W. Griffith concluded the meeting with prayer, In the course of the afternoon, an anthem Pwy yw y rhai hyn was rendered by the choir under the leadership of Mr Edward Morgan. At the after- meeting of teachers a comparison of the statistics was made. Mr Morgan Williams gave Six account of his visitation of the Sunday schools, of which he has visited all within this district with the excep- tion of five. The next bi-monthly meeting to be held at the Tabernacle on March 2nd; the annual meeting to be held at Gosen in May. The question of the advisa- bility of electing a vice-president was postponed for some time. It was decided to hold a Sunday School Conference at Capel Seion before the present session is closed similar to those which have been recently held in Aberystwyth. The evening service was devoted to addresses Mr W. Jones introduced the service. The following are the subjects and the speakers :-The Sunday School and Temperance, Mr James Rowe; on making proper use of time, Mr John Jones the forward movement in connection with the Sunday School, Mr James Evans, Tanycae; the Religions revival of 1859, Mr Hugh Hughes, Trefechan the Biblical doctrine of Immortality, Professor E. Edwards, M.A. An anthem was sung in the course of the meeting, the conductor being Mr. E. Morgan Much credit is due to the good friends of the cause at Capel Seion for their hospitality to the repre- sentatives and for the very efficient way in which all the arrangements were carried out. They are sincerely to be congratulated on the very successful and edifying meetings, throughout the day. From beginning to end. satisfaction with what was seen and heard was very general. GWLEDD NANTEOS.—Cynhaliwyd gwledd flyn- yddol gweithwvr Nanteos yn y palas ar nos dydd Calan. Yr oedd y byrddau wedi eu hulio a dan- teitbion o'r fath oreu, a mwynhaodd tua 30 eu bon- ain yn ddifai. Wedi gwneyd cvfiawnder a'r blasns- fwyd daeth y teulu parchus i mewn, sef Mr a Mrs Powell, Mr a Mrs Edward Powell, a Mr Lewis. Yr oedd yn dda iawn gan bawb weled Mr Lewis yn en plitb a'i fod ar wellhad. Cafwyd anerchiadau rhagorol gan Mr a Mrs Powell. Yr oedd yn dda ganddynt, meddent, weled yr un gwynebau eleni eto a gobeitbient y caent eu gweled am fiynyddan eto i ddod. Mae yn dda genym ddweyd fod ein Meistres yn ein hannerch mewn Cvmraeg glan gloyw, ac yr ydym yn falch iawn o hynny. Cad- eiriwyd yn ddebeuig gan Mr W Roberts, Moriah. Siaradodd amryw o'r gweithwyr, a cbanwyd amryw donau. Treuliwyd noson ddifyrus iawn, ac wedi talu diolchiadau 'gwresog diweddwyd trwy gana Hen wlad fy nhadau." Darllenwyd y llinellau canlynol a gyfansoddwyd i'r achlysur;- Dyma un dydd Calan eto, Wedi gwawrio arnom ni, Mae ein meistr a'n hoff feistres, Yn rhoi croesaw yn eu ty Fel arferol gwledd ardderchog, Gawsom heno yn y plas, 'Roedd y byrddau wedi eu hulio, A danteithion per eu bias. Er pan gawsom Galan llynedd, Pan edrychwn o bob tu, Ar y fiwyddyn hyd ei dechren, Cyfnewidiol iawn y'bu; Ond mae'n gysar i ni weled, Fod y teulu parchus hwn, Oil yn para'n ddigyfnewid, Ac o hyd yn deulu crwn. 'Rwyf yn teimlo awydd diolch, Am eu cadw oil yn fyw, Ac y cunt eleni eto Fod i gyd dan nodded Duw. Yn enwedig yr etifedd Sydd yn tyfu'n hardd ei wedd; Bendith nefoedd a'i dilyno Byth o'i febyd hyd ei fedd. GARDDWR.
NEWCASTLE EMLYN. PROHIBITED WELSH MARKETS. The London Gazette contains an order of the Board of Agriculture, dated January 1st, which prohibits the holding of a market or fair of cattle sheep, or swine within the borough of Llandovery, in the administrative county of Carmarthen. The corder comes into operation on June 1st next. The London Gazette contains an order of the Board of Agriculture, dated December 31st, whieh orders that the date on which the order of the Board, dated December 4th, 1900, prohibiting the holding of Markets, etc., of cattle, sheep, or swine within the urban district of Newcastle-fimlyn, Carmarthenshire, shall come into operation, is now further altered to April 1st next. CARMARTHENSHIRE SESSIONS. The Quarter Sessions for Carmarthenshire were held at Carmarthen on Friday last before the Earl of Cawdor (chairman) and several other magistrates. Mr J. W. Nicholas took his oath of office as clerk of the peace, and Captain E. C. Lloyd Fitz Williams, Cilgwyn (who has just returned from South Africa). qualified as magi*, trate. Sir JamesHills Johnes, Colonel Gynne. Hughes, Mr, Dudley, W. Drummond, Mr Tboe. Parkinson, and Mr C. W. Jones were re-appointed office as clerk of the peace, and Captain E. C. Lloyd Fitz Williams, Cilgwyn (who has just returned from South Africa), qualified as magi*, trate. Sir JamesHills Johnes, Colonel G^ynne Hughes, Mr* Dudley, W. Drummond, Mr Tboe. Parkinson, and Mr C. W. Jones were re-appointed as H.M. Prison isiting Committee. There was no other business of importance.