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.
CARDIGAN. BOROUGH POLICE COURT—Held at the Council Chamber on the 30th ult. before the Mayor (Mr Arthur Clougher), Messrs D 0 Jones and E Ceredig Evans.—Asa Evans George, Ffynoncoranau, Brid- dell, was charged for unlawfully acting in contra- vention of the sheep scab regulation.—Defendant appeared and pleaded guilty, and stated he was ig- norant that such an Act was in force.-The case was dismissed by payment of costs. Daniel Thomas, Greenfield Row, Cardigan, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Pendre on the 21st of December.—A fine of 7s 6d and costs was imposed.—Wm G. Davies, Towyn, "Verwig, was I charged with being drunk while in charge of a I horse and cart at Bridge-street, Cardigan on the 1 24th ult.-Defendant appeared and pleaded guilty.— Fined 5s and costs.—George Richards, master of the Cardigan Union Workhouse, charged John Donald Breeze, an inmate of the Union with misbehaviour at, the Workhousa on the 30th ult by using obscene language and refusing to enter his ward.—Donald was brought up in custody and pleaded "not guilty."—The magistrates, however, thought other- wise, and Donald was sent to Carmarthen goal for 21 days. AN INTERESTING CAREER.—The Rev Thomas Davies Mathias, who has recently resigned the pas- torate of Horeb English Baptist Church,Nantymoel, has been in the ministry 65 years. Born in Cardi- gan 78 years ago, he was educated at Cardigan Grammar School and commenced preaching in Wes- leyan chapels at the tender age of 13 years. He continued preaching for the Wesleyans until he reached the age of 26, when he was baptised at Blaenfoes, near Cardigan. He was a pastor of a Baptist Church at Narberth for three and a half years, and next he had charge of two chapels near Scolton, which he retained for six years. Halifax, Yorkshire, was next the scene of his labours, and whilst there he accepted a challenge of the late Charles Bradlaugh to a public debate on Christian- ity v Secularism. The debate lasted five nights, and was followed with breathless interest each night by an audience of 2,000. Both debaters claimed the victory, and the ability displayed byMr Mathias earned him an enviable reputation as a powerful platform speaker. An ardent Radical, be took an active interest in politics at this period, and for a while he gave up the ministry and went lecturing on temperance. On returning to Wales and the ministry he became pastor of a church at Honeyborough, near Milford, and afterwards of Bethel, Merthyr Tydfil. He left Merthyr for North Staffordshire, where he became editor of an influ- ential Trades Union Organ. "TbePotters'Examiner," and was also appointed secretary to the Board of Arbitration which controlled the relations between the masters and the men in the pottery trade. He again took to politics, and he has spoken on the some platform as Mr Joseph Chamberlain, Mr John Morley, Mr Joseph Arch, and the late Lord Ran- dolph Churchill. Susbequently Mr Mathias had charge of Merthyr Vale Baptist Church for three years, and then for a similar period of Mount Zion, Swansea. Seventeen years ago he left Swansea to become the pastor of Horeb, Nantymoel, where he has ever since lived, honoured and loved. On his resignation the church voted him an honorarium of £100. CARDIGAN CHURCH is the subject of the week's article by Philip Sidney," which will be found in his usual column.—The conclusion of it will appear in our next issue. COUNTY SCHOOL. The monthly meeting of the managers of the Cardigan County School, was held at the school on Saturday last, the Rev J Williams, chairman (in the chair). There were also present. Mrs Phillips, Mr E H James, Mr 0 Beynon Evans, Mr Evan Thomas. Mr Ivor Evans, Mr B Rees, Dr Stephens, and the Rev Caron Morgan. An application was received from Mr D White Jones for an increase of salary, he having spent five years in the service of the managers with satis- factory results. The Chairman pointed out that the usual course in connection with such applications was for some manager to give notice to consider the matter at the next meeting. Mr Ivor Evans gave notice that the question be considered at the next meeting. The Clerk of the Haverfordwest wrote enclosing a cheque for P.15 as grant towards the science and art class.1 Mr H C Fryer forwarded a rough draft of the scheme for the Cardigan County Scholarships, ac- companied by a letter which stated that he (Mr Fryer) hoped that the managers would bear in mind that it was only a rough draft for considera- tion both by themselves and by the Corporation. He had sent a copy of the draft to Mr Morgan Jones, the town clerk, and he hoped the two bodies would be able to agree upon all the points, so that it may come before the County Governors who would meet about the middle of January, as a definite scheme to be submitted to the Board of Education. The letter continued, Mr Morgan Richardson ob- jects that no certificate of poverty is provided for. This objection may perhaps be met by altering the words in paragraph two to the managers' satis- faction and inserting to the satisfaction of the Corporation and the managers instead. The two bodies could then from time to time agree as to which they would consider sufficient proof of poverty. The Chairman expressed an opinion that the scheme should be distinct enough, and that there should be no need of comparison between the two bodies after the scheme had been adopted. Mr Fryer suggested that the two bodies should confer from time to time as to the extent of poverty in certain cases, but directly the scheme was passed that should be an end of it. Mr Ivor Evans was of the opinion that the people who were even very poor would not sign the certificate of poverty, and even on the motion of Mr James, seconded by Mr Ivor Evans, the mana- gers agreed to object to the certificate of poverty, and introduce a clause in the scheme exempting certain fees. Mr B Morgan, science master, who handed in his resignation at the previous meeting, now withdrew the same, and the managers expressed a wish that he would remain with them for many years to come. The consideration of the tenders for the exten- tion of the school premises was deferred to a meet- ing to be held on the 13th inst. The most important business of the meeting was the appointment of headmistress. The person who previously held the post was compelled to resign through ill-health. Five applications were received for the post, out of which one was debarred owing to not having obtained a degree, leaving the con- test between four, viz :-Miss 'F E Davies, B.A., Bridgend School, Glam, Miss M H James, M.A, (Lond), IPontypridd Miss Davies, B.A. (Lond), Llangoedmore School, Nr Cardigan; and Miss Katie Hughes, B.A. (Wales). After a long discus- sion Miss James was elected, having received six votes against Miss Davies' two, Miss James was consequently elected. The report of Dr Rees, the headmaster, stated that the school had made rapid progress during the last year, haviug secured two of the County Coun- cil scholarships, and a large number of children had successfully passed the Welsh Central Board and various other examinations. The report was of a most satisfactory nature, and the managers con- sidered Dr Rees and his staff of teachers deserved the warmest praise.
+ ST. DOGMELL'S. INQUEST -Mr Ivor Evans, coroner for North Pem- brokeshire, conducted an inquest at fit Dogmells, on Thursday of last week, to inquire into the circum- stances surrounding the death of Frances Olwen Thomas (seven weeks of age) the infant daughter of G Thomas, tailor, St Dogmell's which occurred on the 1st inst about 6-30 a.m.—Mr G Adams, was foreman of the jury.—Evidence of identification was given by the mother of the deceased, who stated that she woke about 6-30 a.m. on the morn- ing in question and heard a rattle in the throat of the deceased. Witness took up the child and called her husband who slept in the next room. He came at once, and the deceased was then alive. Witness' mother was also sent for; but the deceased died before her arrival. The deceased was usually very quiet all day, but generally cried throughout the night. Some months previous the deceased had an attack of gripes, and Dr Phillips was then consulted, and on his advice witness gave the de- ceased castor oil. For some days before death took place, the deceased child appeared to enjoy health. Deceased was not insured.—Evidence was also given by the father of the child, and Dr Phillips, Cardigan, stated that about a month ago he was consulted in respect of the deceased,.a Mrs George, the grandmother of the child, having called upon him, and upon the description given of the child's ailment, he advised them to give her castor oil, and to prepare the food in a particular way. He heard no more of the child until the death. He considered that the deceased was griped from in- digestion, as he thought the food given her did not agree with her. He had made an external exam- ion of the body since the death, and be observed that the hands, the thumb, and the fingers were strongly flexed and the nails black. The toes were also flexed. He had heard the evidence given by the two previous witnesses, and from the above source of information he considered that he was able to come to a conclusion with reasonable cer- tainty as to the cause of death. For absolute cer- tainty witness would require to make a post mortem examination of the body. He had no reasonable doubt as to the cause of death. Witness consid- ered that the cause of death was convulsions, and it was probably occasioned by indigestion. He was led to that conclusion by his knowledge of the history of the case.—The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
■» LLANAFAN. WATCHXIGHT SERVICE.—On Tuesday evening a watchnight service was held in Llanafan Church at 11 o'clock. The service was read by the vicar, the Rev W. J. Williams, and suitable hymns sung. The vicar gave a most impressive and appropriate address founded on the text Here have we no continuing city which was attentively listened to by the numerous congregation, who despite the stormy night, had assembled to end the old and begin the New Year as the vicar well put it-" At the gate of Heaven "—the last few minutes of the year were spent in silent prayer. At 12 a merry pealing of the bells announced the birth of 1902. The Te Deum was then sung and the Benedic- tion concluded what was perhaps the most impressive service of the year. SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—On Wednesday- New Year's Day-the United Schools of Llanafan and Gwnws held their usual New Year's Festival at Llanafan School. The building had been prettily decorated for the occasion and the well-spread tables presented a bright, and pleasing spectacle when at 4 o'clock tea began. The tables were pro- vided by the following ladies :-The .Countess of Lisburne (presided over by Miss Evans in her ladyship's absence) Mr Gardiner Wenullt, Mrs William, Tynbedw, Miss Williams, Broncaradog, Mrs Pugh Llwynmalys and Miss Parry, Penlan. After tea the beautiful prizes consisting of books in Welsh and English, kindly given, as usual, by the young Earl of Lisburne were distributed by Mrs Gardiner in the absence of bis Lordship. The vicar in a suitable speech proposed a most hearty vote of thanks to the Earl, nnd regretted the absence of his Lordship owing to indisposition and hoped that the Countess as well as Lord Lisburne and Lady Enid Vaughan would soon return to reside at Crosswood again. Sentiments which were received with loud cheers by the audience. Mr Williams then read a telegram which he had just received from the Countess-to wish all pre- sent to-day a very happy new year (loud cheers). Mrs Gardiner then distributed the books to a large number of scholars of the two schools for regular attendance and for learning portions of scripture In the evening an entertainment was held. Recita- tions were given by several of the children who had been well prepared by Mr William Lewis, and glees (encored) were sung by a party of children who had been admirably trained by Mr John Jones, Mr Tom Parry, and Mr Morgan Parry. A solo by Mr Tom Parry was encored as also a duet by Mr John Jones and Mr Tom Parry. Miss Kitty Mary Jones was well received in a solo and also in a duet with Miss A. Parry. Anerchiadau were given by E. T. Griffiths and John Parry. The vicar proposed a hearty vote to those who had taken so much .trouble in preparing the entertainment. To the ladies who had given the tea. To Mr Gardiner for his kindly help in arranging for the entertain- ment. To Mr Herring and all who had assisted with the decorations, &c. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr W. Parry, and carried to the vicar for presiding, and the proceedings terminated by singing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." Altogether a very enjoyable and happy day was spent by all present the only regret being that the Countess and her family were prevented by the Earl's recent illness from being present, though it gave great satisfaction to all present to know that his Lordship is convalescent and rapidly improving in health and strength.
LLANRHYSTYD. GRAND CONCERT.—On Friday evening, the 3rd inst, a grand concert was held at the National Schools, Llanrbystyd, The spacious schoolroom was packed to its utmost capacity, and the meet- ing was patronised by all the leading people of the district. There were good reasons for the popular- ity of this particular concert. It bad been an- nounced beforehand that the proceeds Jwere to be handed over to Mr David Richards, late Jof Moor- land House, and this fact in itself sufficed to secure the success of the meeting from every point of view from the very commencement, Mr David Richards is the eldest son of the late Mr John Richards, who for thirty years was headmaster of the above National schools. Mr David Richards had been as- sisting his father in school duties for a considerable time, and during his father's long illness he took complete control of the schools. He was an ex- ceptionally popular, successful, and sympathetic teacher. He had also for years taken a keen inter- est in all musical meetings held in the surrounding districts, without makiug any distinction of party or sect, and invariably gave all such gatherings every assistance in his power. For many years also he acted as organist at the Llanrhystyd Church, and under his direction and guidance the church choir maintained a high standard of efficiency. Some three months ago he was appointed assistant master at the Glanamman Board Schools, Carmar- thenshire. It was deeply felt in the neighbour- hood that he should not be allowed to sever his connection with the district without receiving some recognition, i* some form or other, of a public nature. A concert was fixed upon, and the pro- ceeds. amounting to P,15 13s, were publicly handed over to Mr David Richards during the evening. The whole movement was started on the initiation of Mr Jenkin Morris Jones, Tregynan, and Mr Jen- kin Jones, Canton House. Great credit is due to fhe two for bringing the matter te such a success- tul issue. They received ready support and assist- ance from all the surrounding parishes, so that the movement was very far from being confined to the inhabitants of the immediate locality of Llanrhys- tyd. The desire to help was so universal that it was a source of considerable difficulty to keep the programme within rational limits. Llanon, Llaner. chaiarn, Llangwyryfon, Ciliau-Aeron, and Neuadd- J lwyd contributed their quota to swell the pro- I gramme. It would trespass too much on our space to give a detailed list of Ithe Ivarious items per- formed, but it is enough to state that the performers did their part meritoriously and satisfactorily. A very jovial and pleasant evening was spent, and the happiness was enhanced when the announcement was publicly made that the proceeds amounted to such a respectable sum. Thanks are due to Mr and Mrs J Evans, May's Buildings, London Mr J W Davies, Fulham, London; and Mr Morgan, head- master, Tyloistown, for their liberal contributions. f
LLANILAR. PETTY SESSIONS The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Friday last before Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P. (in the chair), Mr D, C. Roberts, Mr Thomas Griffith,s Mr E A. L. Powell and Dr Hughes. School Attendan(-e.-Evan Lloyd, Pantycraf Llanfibangel Upper, labourer, was summoned fo not sending his son regularly to school, but did not attend. The summons had only been served by the School Attendance Officer (Mr Thomas Morgan) on January 2nd. and as the magistrates did not think that was sufficient notice, the police constable was directed to inform defendant that the case had been adjourned for a month.— Catherine Morgan, Caenewydd, Llanrbystyd, who also did not appear, was summoned on a similar charge. The case bad been adjourned from the previous court, in order to see whether the child would improve in his attendance. In the mean- time, the school had been closed for three weeks owing to an outbreak of scarlet fever.—The case was further adjourned for a month, P.C. Thomas being directed to inform the mother that unless the child attended regularly after the re-opening of the school, her son would be sent to an industrial school. Nuisance.—David James, Pier-street, Aber- ystwyth, tailor, was charged by James Hughes, Llanafan, inspector of nuisances of the Aberystwyth Rural District Council, with allowing to he occupied, a house, his property, a portion of which was attached to a privy, which was in such a state as to be a nuisance at Pentrellyn, Llanilar.—The Inspector stated that defendant was now ready to comply with the order, and asked for an adjourn- ment to give him time to do the work.—Defendant said he thought the work had beeh done, as he had given instructions.—The case was adjourned for a month, to enable defendant to comply with the order. People and Pigs.-William Williams, Felindre Mill, Llanrhystyd, was charged with keeping two pigs on his premises so as to be a nuisance to persons living in the neighbourhood, on the 24th ult. Mr W. P. Owen, who appeared for the defence, said the house had not been occupied since the 6th August last.—The Chairman And is it not going to be occupied ?—Mr Owen: Suffi- cient for the day is the evil thereof.—Mr James Hughes, the inspector, produced a plan showingtbe pigstye. which was right against the house. He first visited the house on the 2nd July last, when he found a child suffering from scarlet fever there. Liquid matter was running from the pigstye over the boarded floor of the room in which the child was. He served a notice upon defendant, to re- move the pigs, and he complied with it. When the house become vacant, however, the pigs were taken back to the stye. The house was now empty, and no one would take it in its present state.—Mr W. P. Owen said the place belonged to Captain Williams, and there had been a feud be- tween the owner and the tenant for years.—The Cbairmansaid it seemed that when the pigs went in the people went out, and when the people went in the pigs went out. The inspector had done quite right in bringing the case befor the court, but they could make no order until he could catch the two-the people and the pigs—together. Separation Order.-Henry Morgan, lihiw-goch, Llanddeiniol, farmer, was charged with persistent cruelty to his wife, Sarah Morgan, Pencwmmawr, Llanddeiniol, and neglecting to provide her with reasonable maintenance, owing to which neglect she had been obliged to live apart from him.—Mr W. P. Owen appeared for the complainant, and Mr Hugh Hughes for the defendant.-It was stated that the advocates on both sidps had arranged the matter, defendant pleading guilty for the purpose of the separation order.—The separation order was granted as asked for, there being no order as to maintenance, and each party to pay their own costs. Gunpowder Lieences.-Licenses to store mixed explosives were granted the managers of the Fron- goch and Civmystwyth Lead Mines.—The premises of Mr James Williams Davies, Rock House, New- row, Llanfihangel, were registered for the storage of gunpowder.
DEVILS BRIDGE. TEA AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS.—On New Year's Day the Sunday School of St lago and the Mynach Day School received a most welcome treat through the kindiaess and at the sole expense of the Rev W. E. Jones and Mrs Jones of the Parsonage. Tea was provided for over sixty children, and members of the School Board, the adult members of the Sunday School as well as many others were also entertained. The cake and other good things were of the best quality, and after all had been thoroughly satisfied there was an abundant supply of cake and oranges left for distribution to every child later in the evening. The considerate donor had also arranged a childrens' service in the afternoon at St Iago to precede the tea. Special hymns and prayers for the occasion were rendered, and the children joined heartily and devoutly in both the Lord's Prayer and the Hymns. A most appropriate address was also given to the children by the Rev T. N. Jones vicar of Eglwysnewydd. It appealed in a simple and effective manner through questions and well chosen illustrations to the hearts of the children, and led up to the several virtues which all children should cultivate in order to grow up God-fearing, kind, straightforward and respected members of society. After tea an entertainment was given by the school children with the Rev W. E. Jones, St Iago in the chair. The programme consisted of songs, solos, duets, and recitations by the children. At the close the vote of thanks to the Rev W. E. Jones and Mrs Jones for their great kindness was carried with the utmost enthusiasm. It was very evident that Mr Jones'earnest solicitude for the moral and spiritual improvement of his charge is meeting with recognition and gratitude, and is also beginning to bear good fruit. Thanks were also accorded to the following ladies—Miss Thomas, Penpompren, Miss Howells, Pendre Mrs Evans, Rhosgoch and Mrs Morgans, Tynrbyd, who presided at the various tables assisted by the Misses Bray, the Misses Dyer, Miss Alice Williams and Miss Lily Jones of the Parsonage, Miss Avarina Jones, Mrs Joseph Jones, and Mrs Davies Tanc- warel. Others who worked hard in various ways throughout the afternoon were Miss Jones Rhostyddynfach. Mrs Davies, Pantwn, Mrs Richards, School House as well as the schoo teachers.
r LAMPETER. LOST, STOLEN, OR STRAYED, the Lampeter Chamber of Commerce. BENEFIT CONCERT.—At the special request of the numerous friends of Mr Daniel Williams (junior), Drover's Road, we desire to call attention to the benefit concert to be given for Dan on Tuesday evening next. The concert had been ad- vertised to take place on New Year's Day but owing to some reason or other it was postponed until next Tuesday. The programme will consist of songs, &c, when well-known local artistes will take part. The movement deserves every support, as the proceeds will be given towards paying the invalid's expenses at a sanatorium. SECONDARY SCHOOL.-A meeting of the Governors of this school was held on Friday after- noon last. The members present were Dr Hugh Walker (Mayor) in the chair; Principal Bebb; Messrs D. Jones (Old Bank) and Joseph Davies with D. F. Lloyd (secretary).—Miss Reburn, the headmistress, having received several applications for the post of music instructor, four were con- sidered by the committee, and it was resolved that the post should be offered in the first place to Miss Kiddell, A.R.C.M. of Bath, and failing her to Miss Webster, Newport-on-Tay, and Miss Emily Morgan, Farnboro.—A letter from Mrs Davies-Evans, High- meod, was read offering a subscription or prizes to the value of L5. The chairman was asked to write to Mrs Davies-Evans, thanking her for her generous offer.-The secretary was instructed to write to the School Board calling their attention to the fact that no pupil teachers bad been sent to this school for instruction although it was largely for this purpose that the school was started and requesting the Board to take the matter up and send all, whom tne Board have power to send to this school. SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the School Board was held on Thursday last, the chairman Rev Daniel Jones, presiding. The other members present were the Rev R C Jones, and Mr John Jones, with Mr D F Lloyd (clerk). LOAN. It was resolved that the common seal of the Board be affixed to the order authorizing the deliv- ery of the Commissioners certificate for the sum of E700 as the second instalment of the said loan of £2,100 to the treasurer of the Board, and a receipt from the Commissioners of the said loan of £700. The seal was accordingly affixed by the Rev Daniel Jones pursuant to this resolution and the receipt and order were also signed by him. CLEANER OE ST PETER'S SCHOOL- Mrs Nicholas sent in an application for an in- crease in her salary as cleaner of the St Peter's Boy's School. It was agreed that her salary should be £5 the same to cover all extras. TOWN SCHOOL STAFF. The question of increasing the staff in the town schools was adjourned. TESTIMONIAL. It was resolved that the chairman and the clerk should draw up a testimonial to be given to Mrs Jones (late head-teacher at the Infant's School), and to Mrs Evans (nee Miss M A Davies, teacher at the St Peter's School) on their leaving the service of the Board. TREASURER'S AMOUNT. The Treasurer's book showed a balance of £ 69 9s 8d on the general account, and Z135 Is 6d on the loan account. TOWN COUNCIL. The usual monthly meeting of this Council was held-at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening, the Mayor (Dr Hugh Walker) presiding. The other members present were Alderman D Tivy Jones, John Jones, and S D Jones, Councillors Joseph Davies, J Josua Davies. D F Lloyd, T Richards, A Price, D D Evans, T H R Hughes, with Messrs J E Lloyd (clerk), E D Rees (assistant clerk), R W Jones (surveyor and inspector), and Lewis Davies (building surveyor). INSPECTOR'S REPORT. The Inspector reported that out of the numerous inspections made during the year, the number of nuisances were 213. The slaughter-house has been kept clean during the month. He was pleased to report that the borough has been quite free from any of the notifiable infectious diseases during the last five months. All the taps in the north end of the town had been inspected, and several leakages and defective taps were found.—The report was adopted. BOROUGH MAIN ROADS. A letter was read from Mr H C Fryer, clerk to the County Council, stating that a special meeting of the County Council committee would be held on Thursclay, wlncn would altord an excellent oppor- tunity for the discussion with representatives of this Council of the offer made by the County Council for the maintenance of the main roads. The whole question could be discussed and he sincerely hoped it would be settled in a fair and amicable manner. As against the argument of this Council that the sum of £100 was too small, as compared with the amounts offered to the other boroughs, he believed the Town Council would find' by comparison of the amounts so offered with the assessable values, that Lampetsr was treated with greater liberality than either Aberystwyth or Car- digan, Both of these towns had accepted the offers made to them, and he hoped that the Lampeter Town Council would follow suit. It was agreed that the special committee al- ready appointed to consider this matter should meet and confer with the representative of the County Council. NONDESCRIPT. The Mayor reported he bad in the printer's hands a complete list of the subscriptions towards the Memorial Hall, which amounted to a total of P,464 Is 6d, leaving a deficiency of Z36. He had an ap- peal in his hand which he intended to issue in order to' get that £ 36, and he'would feel very grateful for their assistance, as it would now be a pity to see it fall through. The assize court would be held at Lampeter on the 17th inst, and it was customary ior corporations oi assize towns, as a mark of respect to the judge, to attend in robes. He proposed to attend service at church, and be hoped they would all join. He had appointed Councillor Joseph Davies as deputy mayor, and Councillor D F Lloyd as mayor's auditor. OBSTRUCTION. A letter was read from P.C Evan Lewis, stating that he bad seen Mr Evan Evans, College-street, and James Riley wheeling hand trucks on the pave- ment. It was decided to prosecute the two offenders. STREETS COMMITTEE. Alderman John Jones submitted the committee's report, which recommended that the Corporation should undertake to remove house refuse from houses having small back premises, once in every week, but that section 121 of the bye-laws should still remain in force. That the Corporation cart should collect all refuse placed in pails or other proper utensils by the side of the pavements from their premises every Wednesday at 8 a.m.—Mr Jones proposed that the report be adopted.—Mr John Davies proposed as an amendment, that house refuse be removed by the Corporation cart, pro- vided the rubbish is taken out in a box, or any such receptacle, in front of the house, from thosa who have or have not back premises, and all those who- signified such wish to the Inspector should have such refuse removed by the Corporation cart every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.—Mr S D Jones seconded, and after a very lengthy discussion the amendment was carried. WATER AND FIRE BRIGADE. The report of the Water and Fire Brigade- Com- mittee was submitted by its chairman, Mr D IT Lloyd, which stated that a letter had been received fjom Mr D J Jones, Idris Cycle Works, asking that the water tap in front of his shop, which caused a nuisance, be removed, and which recommended that light be provided for the Red Lion Court.—Mr S D Jones proposed that the tap be left as at present, If shifted it would very inconvenient.— Mr J J Davies seconded.—Mr J Jones proposed as. an amendmeut that it be removed.—Mr D F Lloyd, in seconding, said that the expense would not be so much as some of the members thought. It would only mean the cost of an additional pipe, and the labour.—Mr D D Evacs said be concurred with Mr S D Jones, as he knew the spot well.—Mr J J Davies said that D J Jones was never satisfied. r'It. _.Ii!: He wants everything, gas, water, ana all. une oi these days he would want the Corporation to say that that property was not their own.—It was agreed not to touch the tap.—The committee re- commended that a stethscope (a huge tube to as- certain leaks in water pipes) be purchased at a cost of about 25s.-Mr D T Jones seconded the com- mittee's recommendation, which was carried. The committee also recommended that 2s 6d each be given to Messrs John Roberts, Griff Jenkins, and A E Jones, members of the fire brigade, for services rendered at a fire outbreak.—Mr J J Davies For what is this money to be paid f The fire was pot out by the shoemakers before they arrived.—Mr S D Jones supported Mr J J Davies.—The Mayor: But, after all, they attended and did all that was necessary.—Mr J J Davies said that the- ten shoemakers lost two hours each, and were fully paid by their employers.:Messrs Davies Bros. Some- body else ought to pay—the landlord or the insur- ance company.—Mr Price said that i £ ,they did not pay the members of the brigade, it would be very disheartening and discouraging. Another time they might nor turn up at all, and the loss then would be perhaps hundreds of pounds.—It was agreed, on the proposition of the Mayor, seconded by Mr John Jones, to pay the amount named. It was agreed to engage a call-boy. to be paid at the rate of one shilling for each time he calls tbe men to drill, and 2s 6d to a fire. MARKETS AND FAIRS. Mr T. H. R. Hughes said that be would not keep the Council with his report of the Markets- and Fairs Committee. He nnderstood that. MS committee was to meet on the Friday preceeding the council meeting, but since be had obtained the attendance card he found that it should have been held on tho the third Friday, and the day on which he found that out, was too late to call a meeting in time for this meeting (laughter). cl FINANCE COMMITTEE. Councillor Joseph Davies, chairman of the Finance Committee, submitted the Committee's report, which recommended that incandescent mantles be fixed to all the public lamps, as the committee believed that such mantles tended to lessen the consumption of gas, while giving a better light. A bill of P.1 3s from Mr Samuel Dauies ironmonger, was referred to the Council for consideration, owing, as the com- mittee believed, to a member of the Council (Aid. S. Davies Jones) being interested in the said bill. A plan and specifications 8£ two houses proposed to be erected by Mr John Jones in Bridge- street were recommended for approval, provided the iuterceptors and ventilating shafts were shown on the plan.-It was agreed that mantles be fixed on all lamps. On the proposition of Mr S D Jones, seconded by Mr S D Evans, it was agreed that Mr Samuel Davies' bill be paid The plans were referred back to the committee, so that the interceptors be marked therein. MARKET STREET. Mr D D Evans suggested that that portion of the road called Market-street be taken over and main- tained by the Council. At present nobody seemed to own it, and it taken over the inspector would have the power to remove all the obstacles which now ebcumbered it.—The matter wLs referred to tee Streets Committee. A DANGEROUS DRAIN. Mr J J Davies called attention to a dangerous open drain which led across the Common, and pro- posed that pipes be laid there and covered over.- The matter was refeared to the Streets Commiitee.
+. Ram, Near Lampeter. OBITUARY,—After a long illness the death took place at Blaenrhos, Parcyrbos, of David Joaes Lloyd. The deceased who was twenty four years of age, had been in failing health for about four years. He served his apprenticeship as a pupil teacher at the Ram school under Mr Davies, and from there be won a Queen's Scholarship of £40 at the University College of Wales being placed in the first class. He subsequently procceeded to Aberystwyth College, but was compelled to leave before completing his three years' course owing to ill-health. He was reckoned to be a brilliant scholar, and had every prospects of a bright future. He was a member of the Pencarreg Church, and took an active part in all its work, in fact, he was reckoned to be a pioneer in Sunday school work. The sad news of his death at so early an age was received with deep regret by all his friends and acquaintances and it may well be said that a very fruitful and promising life has been nipped in the bud." He was much respectedl and held in higb esteem by old and young alike. His funeral took place on Tuesday morning, and was very largely attended. The interment was made at the Pencarreg Parish Churchyard, the vicar Rev J. D, Lewis, officiated.
LLANYBYfHER. OBITUARY.—After a brief illness of nine days the death took place on Friday last of Thomas Lloyd, Graigina, at the early age of thirty-nine years. The deceased was better known to a large circle outside his home as Dewi Duar and his name frequently appeared in the Welsh news- papers and periodicals as a contributor of verse, more especially. He was a successful bard, and had, during the past few years, won a large number of prizes at the local eisteddfodfodau. His book entitled Perlau'r awen (The pearls of muse) which was issued a few years ago obtained a rapid sale. and contains some of his best work. He was a tucker by trade and carried on business at Graigina. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Mr William Jones, Glangy- foriog, who, with two young children survive to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on Wednesday last (yesterday), the interment being made at the Rbydybont burial ground. SCHOOL BOARD.—Mr Thomas Davies, the Pharmacy, presided over the monthly meeting of this Board.-Miss Elizabeth Williams an assistant teacher who had served under the Board for a period of eight jtears tendered her resignation, and asked to be let off within a week's time as she had been appointed to a similar post at Tredegar. The resignation was accepted, and it was agreed to allow Miss Williams to leave in a week.—A large number of cases of irregular attendance made by the scholars at the various schools were brought forward for consideration and it was resolved that a complete list of such cases be drawn out for further consideration at a special meeting te be held on Wednesday. ANNUAL DINNER.—On Wednesday in last week (New Year's day) the members of the Clwb Cross- hands" partook of their annual dinner at the Crosshands public house. This club is an old established benefit society, and is at the present time in a very flourishing condition. In has a large number of persons on its rolls, who are from time to time, when disabled, or prevented to work owing to indisposition, assisted by its funds. It had been the custom to parade the village annually, but this practice has been done away with of late. During the past year the society of which Mr John Evans, builder, is secretary has been in a better position than ever; and fortunately, but a few of its members have been on the sick list.
() Fatal Accident atAberdovey On Wednesday afternoon the normal quietude of the town was broken by the news that a shocking accident had taken place on the landing stage, re- sulting in the death of a youth named David Jones, son of Capt Jones, of the schooner Sarah Davies." It seems that the lad, whilst playing, crossed the line on the stage when he was run over by the trucks. Shunting operations being generally carried on at that place. The deceased, who was eight years of age, was killed instantly.
THE LLANGRANOG CASE. John Jones, Cilie, Llandisiliogogo, who is charged rg with unlawfully wounding David Griffiths, sea captain, Brynhyfryd, Blaencelyn, surrendered to his bail on Saturday last, at Newcastle Emlyn Petty Sessions. It was stated that complainant was still too ill to appear, and accused was again remanded on bail for a week. Mr D T George, solicitor, Newcastle Emlyn, has been instructed by the Public Prosecutor to appear for the prosecution. It is stated that the injured man is slowly recover- ing, but it is not expected he will be in a fit state to appear on Saturday next, and a further remand will be applied for. Printed and Published by the Proprietor, GEOIMII REES, at the WELSH GAZETTE "Printeries, Bridge-street, Aberystwyth, in the County of Cardigan, Thurdav. Januarv 9th, 1902.
Another Fatal Accident at Devil's Bridge. FALL OVER A PRECIPICE. An inquest was conducted by Mr John Evans, coroner, at the Aberystwyth Infirmary on Monday evening touching the death of a navvy, named Frank Watts, who died at that Institution on Sun- day morning as the result of serious injuries re- ceived the previous day. Mr James Evans was appointed foreman of the jury. The first witness examined was Thomas Edward Matthews, general foreman on the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway, living at Devil's Bridge. Deceased, he said, had worked on the railway as a labourer for about two months, His age, he would say, would be about 52. Deceased had worked under him about 11 years before in Westmoreland, but only for a short time. He was known amongst the men as Quiet Lincoln." He came from some- where in Lancashire, but the town he did not know. There was nothing in his possession by which he could be identified. He was supposed to have a sister, but it was not known where she lived. He saw deceased at 2-30 on Saturday afternoon, when he paid him his money. He had had some drink, but was quite capable of walking on a level road, but not on a hilly road. John Dyer, living at the hut near the Factory, Devil's Bridge, a ganger employed on the railway, described how the accident took place. He saw Watts at about 3-30 p.m. sitting on the. arm of a tool box just at the mouth of the cutting. His children had drawn his attention to the man sit- ting there. He went to him and said, Lincoln, what's up that you have not gone home yet? He replied, I am going home now." He advised him to go home by the path leading round the hut, be- fore it became dark. He said, 1 am alright; I shall be home now before four o'clock." Deceased bad a bag over his shoulder, in which he said he had bread and meat. He did not go home by the path, but proceeded to go another way by climbing some steps made in the side of the cutting. He (witness) bad gone a distance of about 100 yards, and turned round, when he saw deceased had reached some planks, upon which the dirt was run out. Haviag reached these planks, the bag fell off his shoulder, and in stooping to pick it up he overbalanced himself and fell headlong over the precipice into the valley below. The planks were nailed together, and could not have been displaced by the man's weight. Witness believed it was a clear fall of 200 or 300 feet to the bottom. He im- mediately summoned assistance, and on reaching the bottom of the valley found Watts lying with his head downwards. He was unconscious, and they carried him up to the cutting and afterwards removed him to the Infirmary. It was elicited from the first witness that most people went the way deceased attempted to go, in order to save themselves a climb. P.C. David Evans, stationed at Devil's Bridge, said he assisted in carrying the man up from the valley. Nothing was found in his clothing to lead to identification. In reply to the Foreman, the constable said he saw deceased about 2-30 p.m. on the main road coming from the direction of the Post Office to- wards the Devil's Bridge Hotel. The man told him he lodged at Troedrhywfron, and he advised him to go home before dark, having in mind the rough way he would have to travel. He told him that his best way home was along the main road, but he turned off into the field where the station was being made. Dr Alfred James, house surgeon at the Infirmary, said the injnred man was brought in about 7-30 on Saturday night. His scalp was detached from the skull, and he had sustained two fissure fractures and a compressed fracture of the skull, together with injury to the left hip, left knee, and a rupture of the right leg. He died at 6.30 on Sunday morning. The immediate cause of death was compression of the brain. A verdict of "Accidental death was returned.
TREGARON. "CWCR GWENTN."—Cadwyd uchelwyl cymrleith- as gyfeillgar yr hen Gwch Gwenyn clydd Calan fel arfer; ac aeth yr aelodau yn orymdaith drws- iadus trwy y pentref i'r Eglwys tra y chwifiai yr hen faner yr arwyddair Calon wrth galon o'u blaen. Caed pregeth bwrbasol gan y vicer Davies a chin- iaw ardderchog yn y Talbot. Dangosai yr adrodd- iad blynyddol fod nifer yr aelodau megys yn y flwyddyn flaenorol, sef 129; ac fod gwerth y Gym- deithas wedi codi o 883p 13s 7ic i 926p 14s 4c, cynnydd o 43p, 8tc. Yr ymddiriedolwyr ydyw Dr Lloyd, a'r Meistri Rees Jones a Richard Hughes. Y Llywydd ydyw Mr Thomas Evans, Albion House; trysorydd, Mr Thos Jones, Post Office; ysgrifenydd, Mr D Thomas. OBITUARY.—After a very short illness, lasting only two days, the death took place at Ferndale on Saturday, of Jenkin Pugh, of Rhydypandy, near this place. The deceased who was only twenty- two years of age, had been in service at Penybont, Camerfawr, Ystrad, and Pantybeudy Hall as a servant, but left the neighbourhood some five months ago to work as a collier in Ferndale. Death was due to typhoid fever. His body was brought home on Monday, for interment on Wednes- day afternoon at Llangeitho. It is said that the deceased was to have been married soon to a local, woman. ANNUAL CONCERT.—The annual concert in connection with the National Schools was held on New Year's day at the schoolroom, and as usual was well-attended. The vicar, Rev D. M. Davies, made an ideal chairman and after a few introductory remarks the following programme was gone through in a most creditable manner :Song, Alone on the raft," Miss Lizzie Jones (encored), Myfi syn magu'r baban song Star of Bethlehem Miss Powell; song, Soldier and Man," Mr R D Hughes; comic song, Mr Charles Powell (encored) song, "Holy City" Miss Rosa Powell; selections of ventriloquism, by Mr Mc'Alpine; selections of music by the renowned Lampeter mouth organ band song, Father of Flynn," Mr D C Rees song Miss Powell; comic song, Mr Charles Powell (encored) selections by the Mouth Organ Band song Miss Rosa Powell; pennillion singing by Mr D Davies, Caxton Hall, Lampeter; song, 11 The gift" Miss Nancy Morgan (encored) selections by the Mouth Organ Band; song, Miss Powell: song, Miss Lizzie Jones; song, Miss Rosa Powell. The duties of accompanists were ably performed by Mrs Charles Powell, Glanbrenig. FASHIONABLE WEDDING.—The marriage of the Rev Gwilym Roberts, curate of Whitchurch, Car- diff, and Miss Ann Jones, eldest daughter of Mr Jones, Brenig Villa, Tregaron, was solemnized at St Caron's Church, on Wednesday in last week. Both bride anp bridegroom are very popular in the town, the bridegroom previous to his entering into Holy Orders was for some years headmaster of the National School whilst the bride ilso took a deep interest in Sunday school work, and was presented by her class with a silver mounted barrel, and Bible. The service, which was fully choral, was performed by the Rev D M Davies, vicar, assisted by the Rev Jenkin Jones, Holt, (a brother), and was witnessed by a very large number of friends. The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr John Jones, wore a smooth faced dove coloured cloth, trimmed with passementrie, white silk, and lace, with hat to match. There was no best man, and only one bridesmaid, viz, Miss Eleanor Jones (sister of the bride), who was attired in a smooth faced slate cloth, trimmed witb ribbon, white silk, and silver buckles, with a black picture hat. On leaving the sacred edifice the party received the felicitations of a host of friends After partaking of lunch at the bride's home, the newly-married couple left by a later train for South Wales, where the honeymoon is being spent, the bride's travelling dress being beaver cloth costume with a black pic- ture hat. The following is a list of the presents received :—Mr Jones (father of the bride), cheque; Mrs Jones (mother), household linen Mr John Jones (brother), cutlery: Miss Eleanor Jones (sister), tea service Miss Elizabeth Jones (sister), silver mounted purse Rev J Jones (brother), travelling trunk and silver mounted walking stick Rav D M Davies, the Vicarage, album Mr and Miss Jones, Dinam Villa, dinner service Mrs Powell, Sunny Hill, and Mrs Charles Powell, Glan- brenig, tea service Mrs Morgan, Cardiff, copper flower pot; Mrs and Miss Williams, Abercoed, silver teapot: Mr and Mrs Evans, Albion House, silver hot water jug; Miss Davies, Penlau, silver cruet stand Miss Williams, Stanley House, hall brush bracket; Mrs and Miss Evans, Werna, set of carvers in case Mr and Mrs Morgan, Workhouse, silver cruet stand Miss Morgan, do., gold links; Mr and Mrs Rees, National School, silver jam dish; Miss Williams, Rhydyronen, set of carvers Mrs and Miss Jones, Post JOffice, silver jam spoons Miss Jones, Ilar House, silver pickle fork and butter knife Mrs Lewis, Caetalcog, silver sugar tongs Mr and Mrs T W Jones, Caron House, after- noon tea service Mrs J P Rees, Glangro, tray; Mrs Hughes, Llyscaron, cheese stand Miss Bey- non, Sunny Hill Hotel, six table knives Miss James, Lampeter, silver butter knife; Mr Roberts, Cardiff, panel of photos; Miss Davies,! Pantyblawd, cheque; Miss Lizzie Morgan, Caebal- cog, butter cooler Master Morgan Walter Morgan, ditto, fancy plates; Mrs Williams, Brenig View, glass dishes; Mrs Evans, Ormond House, sugar basin and cream jug; Mrs Jones, Tanyfynwent, pair of brackets and antique plates; Miss Bessie Jones, Sunny Hill, silver butter dish Rev and Mrs Evans, Mount Prospect, pair of vases; Mrs Nicholas, Llan- dovery, afternoon Itet cloth and pair of d'oyleys Mrs Rees, Riverside, dressing case: Miss Charlotte Rees, ditto, fancy cup and saucer Mrs Davies, Pantsheriff, cheque Miss Roberts, Cardiff, views; Mrs Edwards, Strata Florida, jam dish Miss Jones Lion Hotel, cushion; Mr and Miss Roberts, Aeron Villa, table centre; Mrs Jones, Bertbddu, cheque; Mrs Roberts, Glasfryn House, tea-cosy; Miss Jones, Llanddewi, quilt; Miss Jones, Sunny Hill Hotel, crumb brush and tray Mrs Thomas, Cambrian House, table cover; Miss Jones, Crown and Anchor, Marcella quilt Miss Maggie Jones, High-street, antique basin and cream jag Mrs Davies, Brecon- road, butter dish Mrs Jenkins, Surry Cottage, side board cloth Miss Jones, Dewi-road, honeymoon quilt; Mrs George, Penddol, cheque; iNIrs Ilees, Glangro, table cover Miss Jones, Portland-place, Aberayron, fancy table cover; Miss Jones, Monarch, brush and comb tray, case and pincushion; Miss Jones, Cross-street, table cover; Evelyn Felix, Ivy Cottage, tea cloth Eleanor Jane Edmunds, do, trail cloth.