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ABERYSTWYTH A sheet almanack is presented with this week's tssue. A THE COLLEGE re-opened, and the students re- '^sembled after the Christmas vacation on Tuesday. HOSPITALITY.—Thanks to the generosity of the Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor R J Jones and Mrs -Jones). The inmates of the Workhouse were on Wednesday treated to a splendid tea which they thoroughly enjoyed. THE PA-TOS SOCIETY.—The annual meeting 'will be held at the University College of Wales on Wednesday, the 15th inst, when all the members are expected to attend.-O Stephens, Secretary. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.—The pulpit of this church was occupied on Sunday evening by the Rev W ttil Footman, M.A., Headmaster of St David's College School, Lampeter, and late curate of the Holy Trinity Church. There was a large congregation. 1 THE POST OFFICE.-We nave received a numoer of complaints for publication-the same old story- -detav, delay. All are fairly agreed by now that the -evil is understaffing. But why the Aberystwyth plica in understaffed remains to be seen. Where is he county member? LAW LECTURES. Arrangements have been Made for a series of twenty lectures on the English law relating to commence, to be delivered at the College by Professor T A Levi, B.C.L., M.A. (Oxen.) The first lecture will be given on Friday, January 31st. POLICE CASES.—Archibald Me Donald, Man- chester, labourer, and Richard Roberts, Trefechan, labourer, were charged before the Mayor (Mr R J • Jones), and Mr George Davis at the Police Station on Monday morning with having been drunk and disorderly the previous Saturday night. Evidence fcaving been given by Sergeant Jones, both prison- ers were fined 5s and costs. THE MONTHLY FAIR.—Business was somewhat quiet at the montslylfair on Monday .there being only a small show of cattle. Store cattle sold badly, the prices being from iC5 to S8. There was a good de- mand for cows with calves at foot, and the prices paid were from £ 11 to £ 14. Cows in calf fetched .from iClO to E12. Very few fat cattle were shown. There was only a small show of horses, and trade was bad. INFIRMARY.—The executive committee of the Infirmary met on Thursday last, when there were present Captain Cosens (chairman), Mr R J Jones (Mayor), Mr H C Fryer, Major J J Bonsall, Alder- man C M Williams, Mr J D Perrott, Rev Thomas Levi, Mrs Griffiths, Rev T A Penry, Rev T E Rob- erts, Mr Wm Thomas, Mr John Mathias, Mr B E Morgan, Dr Abraham Thomas, and Dr James (house surgeon).—Applications for the post of pro- bationer were considered, but the selection was de- ferred for a week in order that some of the candi- dates might be interviewed.—At an adjourned meeting of the managers of the Infirmary on Wed- nesday, Captain Cosens. presiding, Miss E J Jones, Cemetery Lodge and Miss Maggie Bland were ap- pointed nurse probationers. TEMPERANCE.—The usual weekly meeting of the Church of England Temperance Society, St Michael's branch, was held at the Ysgoldy on Fri- day evening last..The programme was as follows:— Address, the Chairman; song, Miss Botwood; song, Master R D Williams song, Miss Jennie Jones; address, Mr Wright; song, Mr R Corfield; song, Miss R Lloyd (encored); address, Miss Jones. The accompanists were Mr Panchen and Miss Cor- field. Miss Thomas was elected to draw up next week's programme. EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE.—In connection with this Alliance united prayer meetings are this week being held at the four English Free Churches of Aberystwyth, each lasting for an hour. Brief ad- dresses are given -that on Sunday' evening at Portland-street Congregational Chapel was deliv- ered by Professor J M Angus, M.A: on "NNew Life for the New Year," and that on Monday evening, at the Baptist Chapel, Alfred-place (the; Rev T Wil- liams, M.A., presiding), by the ReviT -'A Penry on The Church." At the latter meeting a message was sent to Mr Registrar Green as follows:—" We the adherents of the four English-Free Churches ot Aberystwyth, gathered for united prayer, desire to express to the Rev T Mortimer Green.and his family our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement and in Mr Green's subsequent illness. We I pray God that the health of oar friend, whose interest in these New Year meetings has been so marked, may be soon completely restored; that he may be spared for long to his family, and to theUniversity College, and the Christian Church, of both which he is so trusted an officer,and that be may be comforted through the good spirit of God by the abiding assur- ance that the sorrows shall all pass and that their purposed issue of blessing shall always remain." Concurrence therewith was shown by silent, unan- imous raising of the right hand. The week-day meetings commenced at 7-30, and the last will be on Thursday at Queen's-road Chapel (Wesleyan). The subject for prayer and address by the Rev A Wynne Thomas, being The Young." THANKS TO MR TENNYSON SMITH.—The com- mittee of the Temperance Union, which met on "Monday evening, passed the following resolution, a copy of which has been forwarded to MrTennyson Smith:—" That we, the Temperance Union of Ab- erystwyth, desire to put on record our deep sense of gratitude to Mr Tennyson Smith for his splendid services in connexion with the Temperance Mission held in the town from November 23rd to 28th, 1901. We consider the mission to have been a decided and triumphant success. The attendance and the interest grew as the mission went on and on the night of the trial the Hall was crowded to excess. A large number of pledges was taken, and among those who signed were many who had been en- slaved by strong drink. The challenge sent by Mr Fossett Roberts through Mr Tennyson Smith to vacate his seat on the Town Council in order to test the relative strength of the Liquor interest and the Temperance party was eagerly taken up. The necessary funds were readily subscribed. And al- though Mr Roberts shifted his ground and tried to turn the issue imo a personal attack upon himself, yet the intense sympathy which the challenge cre- ated in the minds of those who were before luke- warm and lethargic, as well as the determination shown by many who had been hostile to march under the Temperance banner, have heartened the workers and inspired them with confidence, that when opportunity serves they will gain the victory. A branch of the Temperance Irons'des was formed. Looking back upon the long anticipated visit of Mr Tennyson Smith, and the subsequent discussion of the notorious challenge, we feel we have cause to thank God and take courage. FOOTBALL.—Aberystwyth and Portmadoc met for the third time in the third round of the Welsh senior cup competition on the latter's ground on Saturday last. The two previous matches had been drawn. On arriving at Portmadoc in the morning the ground was found covered with water, but by the afternoon this had subsided considerably, leaving only large pools in the different parts of the field. Still, the ground was not in a fit condition to play an important match of this character, but Oswald James (captain of the Aberystwyth team) decided to proceed with the game, recognising that a further postponment would mean serious incon- venience to his team. Within a few minutes of the start, Teddy Evans scored for Aberystwyth, having received the ball from a free kick by Joel. Subse- quently, liarson naa tne misiortune to receive a severe kick on the leg, which rendered him practic- ally useless for the remainder of the game. Before half-time Portmadoc put on the equalising point. The second half was stubbornly contested, and the homesters succeeded in scoring another goal, which won the game. Portmadoc won by two goals to one. PLASCRUG WALK.—Those having to use this thoroughfare are loud in the condemnation of the authority responsible for its maintenance. Leaving aside its appearance of general neglect, the part most complained of is that which skircs the cemet- ery. The load has not received a particle of metalling for many a long day, and is now nothing better than a rough, muddy track. For the first few months, it has been nothing more than a quag- mire, and woe to the poor pedestrians who have to go that way. The Corporation, whose attention has been repeatedly called to the condition of the road, would confer a great boon by placing a few loads of stone along it, and to make amends for their neglect of the past, they might even go one better and make a footpath at the side. PETTY SESSIONS.—The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday, before the Mayor (Mr R J Jones), Alderman C M Williams, and Mr George Davis— Joseph Wm Roberts. Mill-street, joiner, was fined 10s and costs for being drunk and dis- orderly and refusing to quit Freemason's Tavern when requested to do so by Sergeant Phillips. Robert Peake, Bath-street, was fined 2s 6d for al- lowing the chimney of his house to be on fire.—Ed- ward Davies, Poplar-row. labourer, was charged with refusing to pay instalments of 10s due tor the maintenance of his father John Davies. Defendant was ordered to be sent to prison for fourteen days, the warrant being suspeaded for fourteen days to give defendant an opportunity of paying the money. Hugh Owen James, 12, Darren-road, Mountain Ash, collier, was charged with refusing to maintain his 'father, John James, who is chargeable to the Aberystwyth Union. He was ordered to contribute 4s weeklv, and to pay costs. WELL EARNED REST.—At the beginning of the present year Mr Thos Griffiths, J.P., retired from business after a long and active career as grocer at the well-known Lion Tea Warehouse. Mr Griffiths has taken up residence in a semi-detached villa of his own in Llanbadarn-road, and he has been suc- ceeded in business by Mr D Silvanus Edwards. At the Quarter Sessions at Lampeter last week Mr Griftiths gave a touch of good natured humour to the solemnity of the Court by taking hold of the baby of a lady witness who accompanied his (or her) mother's eloquent evidence at the box by conj tinued cries. Mr Griffiths, it need not be added, won pacified the child, shaking it well and Ugh to he huge delight of his friends, and the great ief of the painstaking Chairman. BLUE RIBBON CHOIR.-Under the auspices of the Taber«adu Blue Ribbon Juvenile Choir an en- iovable programme was given at the schoolroom on Friday evening inst, under the presidency of Proi T A Levi 1 B. The choir will perform the can- tata," » Plant v Nefoedd," in character on Good Friday. The proceeds of the concert will be devoted to the purchase of a piano to assist at the rehearsals. Miss K. Levi and Miss Nesta Hughes were the accompaniscs. AMATEUR THEATRICALS.—A grand performance of amateur theatricals was given on Monday even- ing at the Royal Pier Pavilion in aid of the North Cardiganshire Agricultural Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The performance bad been organised through the indomitable energy of Mr L Pryse, Pantgwyn, whose interest in any movement guarantees its success. The attendance was large, and included the elite of the district. A comedietta in one act, entitled a 11 Happy Pair," was first performed by Mr A M Seaton and Miss ..I!I Mervyn, followed by a farce, in two acts, enuutu "His Last Legs," the characters in which were taken by Mr Julian, Mr Meyrick Hughes Mr L Pryse, Mr Seaton, Mr Stanley Jones, Miss Mervyn, Miss Rachel Howell, Mrs L Pryse, and Mr Rex Hughes. The acting was extremely good, some of the characters showing ability of which many a professional might well be envious. The partoim- anee was repeated on Wednesday night. OBITUARY.—The death took place at Nottingham on Saturday of Mrs Annie Chandler, the only daughter of the laie Mr Edward Ellis, Auctioneer, of this town. The deceased was married only about eighteen months ago and the news of her earlv death was received with sorrow by all her friends at Aberystwyth. The interment took place at the Aberystwyth cemetery on Wednesday, when the Rev A Wynne Thomas officiated. TRAGIC DEATH.—A death, which was tragic in its suddenness, took place on Tuesday evening in the Meat Market. Mr Cornelius Roberts, butcher, who is the occupier 6f a stalt there, had been sit- ting on a bench near the entrance in conversation with Mrs Joseph Jones and MrCharles Lloyd, care- taker. He rose from there and walked to the middle of the hall, when it was noticed that there was something unusual the matter with him. He was put to sit on a bench, and expired almost im- mediately without uttering a word. I Dr Rowlands saw him soon after death, and pronounced that he died from natural causes, probably heart disease. The body was afterwards conveyed to the deceased home, Gateway Buildings. He was 67 years of age, and a native of Denbigh, but had lived in Aberystwyth for over quarter of a century. He leaves a widow (who is an invalid), three sons, and died from natural causes, probably heart disease. The body was afterwards conveyed to the deceased home, Gateway Buildings. He was 67 years of age, and a native of Denbigh, but had lived in Aberystwyth for over quarter of a century. He leaves a widow (who is an invalid), three sons, and o daughter to mourn their loss, With whom much sympathy is felt. A WEFK OF PRAYER—me nrst weeil UL uc New Year is being observed as a week of universal prayer by the different nonconformist bodies in the town, services being held in the different chapels every evening. DEATH OF MR THOMAS R. WILLIAMS-The death took place, after a short illness, on Saturday morning last of Mr Thomas R Williams, joiner, Chalybeate-street. He was 53 years of age, and had lived almost the whole of his life at Aberys- twytH, where he was held in high respect. In his earlier days, when following his trade as a joiner, he worked at the Castle House-the present Col- lege Buildinds. He was for many years in the employ, as storekeeper at the Harbour, of the well-known firm of Messrs J Taylor and Sons, who were in former years so largely connected with the mining interests in the district. He afterwards occupied a similar post with Messrs D Roberts and Son, but that industry falling into decay, he re- turned to his trade of joiner, at which he remained untill his last illness. He bad been a deacon of the Welsh Independent Chapel,. Baker-street for many years. He was a warm supporter of the Sunday School, and was remarkable for his wide knowledge of the Scrtptures. The death of a daughter some few months ago told heavily upon him. He leaves a widow, two sons, and two daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral takes place to-day (Thurs- day) at the cemetery. MR. J. H. DAVIES, M.A., AT THE RADICAL CLUB. The Future Politics of Wales" was the subject of an address delivered to the members of the Radical Club by Mr J. H. Davies, M.A., Cwrtmawr, on Friday evening last. The attendance was one of the largest and most representative of the session and included Mr D C Roberts (president), who was in the chair; Alderman Peter Jones, Alderman C M Williams, Rev T Levi, Mr Evan Edwards (Laurels), Mr John Evans (solicitor), Councillor T J Samuel, Mr Robert Ellis, Mr T W Powell, and Mr W Richards. Mr Davies, at the outset, reviewed the political situation generally, and enumerated the six political parties which, he said, now con- stituted the British House of Commons. He did not include a Welsh party in these six, because he asserted there was no Welsh Party. To support this contention, he instanced the debates on the Education Bill and Land Bill, when opportunities were given to test the existence of a Welsh party. The speeches of the Welsh members on the Land Bill did not carry conviction, and only 12 out of the 29 took part in the division. Mr Davies dis- missed the possibility of a Liberal Government being returned to power for another ten years. He discussed the possibility of a coalition government. but arrived at the conclusion that any satisfactory coalescence was beyond the bounds of probability. Lord Rosebery and Lord Salisbury might agree on a mutual foreign policy, but when it came to home affairs they would soon fall foul of one another. On the other hand, Mr Chamberlain was one of the most pregressive and fearless statesmen in domestic legislation. Lord Rosebery had recently been enunciating the principles of municipal reform, and had shown his interest in municipal work during his chairmanship of the London County Council Mr Chamberlain, however, J had adopted these principles thirty years j ago in his native town of Birmingham, but the maddest-brained Tory would would not; dream of putting Mr Chamberlain at the head of foreign affairs. These circumstances, and the divisions amongst Liberals themselves, made it quite evident that the Party for the next ten years would have to languish in the wilderness. What was to be done in the meantime 1 The Welsh Liberal Party at present only had one or two men of strong convictions. Most of the others made speeches one day which they contradicted the next. One remedy which had been tried was a strong Liberal Association in Wales, but that, he thought, had not been the success which was anticipated. Again, it was asserted that Wales had not the right class of men representing her in Parliament-she should have younger men. That might be true with a certain qualification. If Wales were to send younger men to Parliament they should be men who understood the needs of the people. Cardigan- shire was a purely agricultural county, and the pro- per representative of such a county would -be a tenant farmer. Such a man, perhaps, would be seldom heard in the House of Commons, but Parlia- ment would be forced to recognise the power and opinion which returned him. Wales was in the fortunate position of having a distinctive pro- gramme. They knew what they wanted. They _L_Jo '1 wanted disestablisnment, tney wanteu ianu reiumi. and they wanted temperance reform. The Welsh- man also had a strong national sentiment. He was wedded to his native soil. This was a strong argu- ment in favour of land reform. He said the one desire of Welshmen who went to London in such large numbers to the milk trade, was to return to their native hills of Cardiganshire and to acquire a a small plot of land or farm, in order that they might spend the rest of their days in cultivating the soil and developing its resources. By experi- menting with the land in that way the retired Welsh milkman from London had done a vast amount of good for agriculture in Cardigan- shire and elsewhere, and there could be no doubt that with better land laws they and others would be able to do far greater good. Mr Davies also re- ferred to the advantages of co-operation, and paid a passing tribute to Mr Augustus Brigstocke's effort in getting the farmers to fall in with such a movement. Summing up, Mr Davies said that as the Liberal party would probably have to spend the next ten years in the wilderness, Welshmen, in bis opinion, should give politics a second place for the time being, and pay more attention to local ques- tions. They should endeavour to put more enthusi- asm into local matters. They wanted more power given to county councils and parish councils, and there was also the question of popular culture. At present the chief work of county councils such as that of Cardiganshire was the supervision of main roads, but he thought men of the administrative ability of Alderman C M Williams and Alderman Peter Jones should have greater scope for their powers. Attention to these matters, and the more thorough education of the people would prepare Wales for a great awakening in her national life. —A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the speaker on the motion of Alderman Peter Jones, seconded by Mr John Evans.








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