.= DOLGELLEY. MARRIAGE.—On January 9th, at Llanrwst, the Rev Peter Price, B.A., Liverpool, was married to Miss Williams, Stafford House, Llanrvvst. The Revs 0. L. Roberts, Liverpool, and H. P. Thomas, Liverpool, ■officiated. All Dolgelley people wish well to the newly-married couple. THE SCHOOLS,—The elementary schools were re- opened on Monday week after the Christ-mas holi- days. Miss Williams, Derwen House. commenced betr duties as headmistress of the Infant Board School. THE FREE LIBRARY.—The committee of the Library Authority is making every effort to pro- pound a scheme to meet the requirements of Mr W Evans. of Birmingham's proposal. As yet they have not formulated any definite scheme, but are enquiring for suitable premises in the town. THE EISTEDDFOD.—One of the most pleasing features of the last Meirion Eisteddfod was the high proportion of prizes won by Dolgelleyit-es. Among the prize winners were the Rev Parri Huws, Miss Nesta Wyn Edwards, Miss May Roberts, Mrs Evans, (formerly Miss Edwards), Coedcymer, and Messrs Meirion Davies, Glyn Edwards, Richard Edwards, and Robert Jones. A CLEAN. SHEET.—At the first petty sessions of the year there were no cases to be tried. Let us hope that this good beginning will prove good .augur of the scarcity of crime during the year. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev Thomas Jone', the well- known and popular evangelist from Rbostyllen, Wrexham, occupied the pulpit at Salem and Pen- maen last Sunday, and his ministry was much Appreciated. THE PRATER MEETINGS.—Last week prayer meetings were held in all the chapels, and the attendance was exceptionally good. It is said'that no such congregations have been seen for many years. SUDDEN DEATH.—Mrs Williams, of Llety Wynne, was suddenly taken ill on the street last Saturday afternoon, bhe was taken to the residence of Miss Jones, Queen's Row, and medical aid was obtained, but despite all efforts she expired in tt-te night, Great sympathy is felt with her bereaved family. AN INTERESTING GROUP.—The Deacons of Salem Church, with the Rev J. Williams, B.A., and the Rev Evan Roberts, were photographed by Mr Young. The group is intended for insertion in the album presented recently by the church to the Rev J. Williams, B.A. The family will depart for Wrexham this week, and all agree to wish them well in their new sphere. Their loss will be deeply felt in Dolgelley. PENDHK TIZEAT.-Tliei-e was a special interest in the Sunday school treat in connection with the cause at Pendre this year. It was arranged for Tuesday this week, it being the eve of the Kev J. and Mrs .s Williams and family's departure from the town. Mrs Williams has devoted much time and energy on behalf of the mission room atPendref, and it is impos- sible to estimate the extent of her services. The feeling of loss is very deep and sincere, and it was decided to make a presentation to Mrs Williams. The tea in the afternoon was given gratis to the Sunday School, the benefactor wishing to conceal his identity, although it was suspected that Plasucha knew some- thing about it. In the afternoon, the Sunday School was photographed, and a crowded group it was Then the tables were spread, and all partook of tea and dainties. Some outside friends had been invited to the treat, amongst them being the Rev E. Jones Edwards and Mr Thos Lewis, Arthog. In the evening a magic lantern entertainment was given by Mr R. C, Evans, and the presentation of a handsome oak tray, with inscription, was made to Mrs Williams. Several friends spoke, and the meeting, although a very interesting one, was clouded by the fact that it was the last for the much-respected family to attend. FUNERAL OF THE LATE THOS. GRIFFITHS.— The mortal remains of the well-known deacon, Thos Griffiths, of Llwyngwril, formerly of Llanelltyd, arrived at Dolgelley by the one o'clock train on Saturday, and a large number of friends awaited the cortege at the station, whence a procession was formed, and slowly wended its way towards Llanelltyd, where the interment was made. The ministers and deacons walked in front of the hearse and several carriages, which were followed by the general public in large numbers. The body was taken first to the Q.M. Chapel at Llanelltyd, where a short service was held under the presidency of the RevE. Vaughan Humphreys. The chapel was crowded. The Rev 1. Jones Williams, Llandderfel, read a portion of scripture, and the Rev Evan Roberts, Dolgelley, engaged in prayer. After sing- ing the deceased's favourite hymn, Syfled iechyd, syfled bywyd," etc., short addresses were delivered by the Rev John Davies, Bontddn Mr Edward Griffith, J.P., and the Rev Hugh Roberts, Rhydynmn. The meeting was closed with prayer by the ReV R. Morris, B.D. The body was then taken to the churchyard, and the Revs D. James, Llanegryn E. Jones, Edwards, Arthog; and O. Lloyd Owen, Bontddu, took part at the graveside. PRESENTATION.—A special meeting of the Women's Temperance Association was held on 1 Friday, at the English Presbyterian Chapel, to make a presentation to Mrs Williams, Plasucha, on the occasion of the departure of the family for Wrexham. The chair was occupied by Mrs Williams, Maesffynon, the president of the Associ- ation, and there was a good attendance. The meeting was introduced with prayer by Miss Evans, Maesyffynon. Then, after a song by Miss Parry, Plasnewydd, the President presented Mrs Williams with a handsome travelling clock, with an appro- priate inscription. In presenting it, on behalf of the Association, she paid a high tribute to the xervices of Mrs Williams in the cause of temperance and sobriety during her residence in the town. She was the prime mover in all their efforts, and the Association was much indebted to her zeal and indefatigable energy in all the various branches of the work. It would be a great loss to Dolgelley, especially to the poor and destitute, to lose Mrs Williams They all felt the parting very much. It was under deep feelings that MrsWilliams acknow- ledged the kind feelings shown towards her on that occasion. A song was then rendered by Mrs Robert Evans, and short addresses followed by Mrs R. C. Evans, Mrs Wynne Williams, and Mrs Edwards, Coedcvmmer. Miss Gwen Davies, Bridge- street, officiated at the organ. The meeting was closed with prayer by Mrs Williams, Maesffynon. URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. The ordinary fortnightly meeting of the Council was held at the Shire Hall on Tuesday week night, January 7th, at 7 o'clock, Present, Messrs J Edwards (chairman), Dr J Jones (vice-chairman), R Richards, E Wynne Williams, D Meredith, W Hughes, Ellis Williams; R Davies, W R Williams, with R Barnett (assistant clerk), and E R Jones (collector).—The Clerk read a letter from Mr Grant, stating that he would arrange that an engineer sbould meet representatives of the Council at an early date, and would give due notice of the time. The committee was arranged to meet at 2 o'clock on Wednesday.—Mr R Richards reported a visit of the chairman aud himself to Clogwyn, to see to the complaints as to the overflowing of the water. They were accompanied by Mr O D Rob- erts, and they had pointed out to him some defects and he was prepared to carry out improvements. They wished to suggest that the workmen of the Council be sent there to carry out the necessary improvements. Dr John Jones proposed that the chairman and Mr Richards be given full powers to carry out this matter to a conclusion.—Mr E Wynne Williams asked if they had a right to incur ex- penses outside the boundary.—Mr Richards said that they would spare many pounds by so doing. —Mr Ellis Williams asked if Mr 0 D Roberts would pay for the trough.—The Chairman said that it was a matter that would be brought forward fur- ther on.—Mr E Wynne Williams said that the County Council repaired the place before.—The niprk said that the most satisfactory way would be ,A. to have Mr Roberts to do it, and the Council to vote a sum towards the expenses.—Mr W R Wil- liams seconded Dr John Jones' motion, and ultim- ately it was carried unanimously.—Mr W Hughes proposed that a manhole be put at Penbryn at the function of the two roads by the Grammar School. Mr R Richards seconded and the motion was carried.—The Clerk read the medical officer's re- port which stated that no case of infectious disease had been notified, and that the health of the dis- trict was otherwise satisfactory,—Tenders for pro- viding iron gratings-Mr Robert Lloyd's tender- 9s 2d per gate-was accepted. It was decided that half the number be obtained during the next fortnight, and the other half during the following fortnight. The dispute between the Council and the County Council was next brought forward, and the Chairman said that he thought they should call the ratepayers to consider the question. Dr J Jones said that they had decided to go in for arbi- tration. Mr R Richards asked for how long the present arrangement of the County Council stood. TV»P Clerk said that it was for 3 years, li of which "had expired. Dr J Jones said that at the end of I ex that period they would be in a position to get I better terms. The Chairman said that the question before the meeting was whether they were going to call the ratepayers together, as the question of -arbitration had been settleo.-After a long discus- sion it was proposed by Mr\\ R Williams, seconded bv Mr Ellis Williams that the matter be referred to a meeting of the ratepayers. Dr John Jones said they could never get anything like the voice of the ratepayers by calling a meeting. The only 1 way was to have "a house to house canvass The motion was then withdrawn. The Council then decided to discuss the water works scheme in private, and the representatives of the press were asked to retire.
Rural District Council. The ordinary monthly meeting of the above Council was held on Saturday, Mr John h (chairman) presiding. There were also present Messrs John Roberts, Brithdir and lslaw rctret, John Owen, Llanaber; Ellis Pughe Jones, Llan- ddwy we-is-y-graig; Morris Griffith Williams and John Richard Jones. Llanenddwyn: Robert Hughes Rywel Pngb, Llanfachreth s Cadwalaur • Roberts and Robert. Ffoulkes Jones, Llangelynin; Owen Jones, Llanymawddwy Hugh Jones and John Pugh Jones, Talyllyn; with Mr W It Richardson (assistant clerk) Dr Hugh Jones (medi- cal officer), and John Edwards (inspector). LLWYNGWRIL WATBR SUPPLY. The Assistant Clerk said that the Countess de Morella had been written to with respect to the land required by the Council for the site of a proposed reservoir, and he had since then received a reply from her solicitors to the effect that, after full consideration of the circum- stances of the case, the Countess had instructed them to inform the Council that she would agree to the following modifications of her former terms: (I)- She would grant the water rights at £1 annual rental instead of L5. (2)-She would grant the easements for pipe laying at a similar rent. Instead of selling the land required for the site o the reservoir, she would grant a lease of the same for the same period as the water rate at a sum of £1. (4)—To all other requests the terms sent to the Council in her previous letter would hold good. The letter went on to state that by these terms the expenses of the scheme would be materially diminished, but that beyond this she was no pre- pared to go. The period for which she wou grant the lease would be about thirty years. The Chairman said that for his own part he would be very glad if the Council would accept these terms, which he thought were very reasonable. The Medical Officer said he bad lIeen the spot where it was proposed to build a reservoir, and it all amounted to this—the place is without a water supply. and there was no other place to turn to. ,:11"> Mr R. Ffoulkes Jones said their duty tnat uay was to consider the teims offered, and not whetner the scheme was advisable. He thought the reasonable, but there was one point which he < 1 uot think the Council should agree to and that was the period of the lease, which he thought was too short. He objected to the terms being accepted, unless they could get a longer period, say 99 years at least. Mr Ellis Pughe Jones said there were three sets of plans of the scheme drawn out, and still they did not know what. they were doing. Mr Cadwaladr Roberts said they had done every- thing to lessen the expense. He had seen some of the tenants concerned, and spoken to them about the spot where it was now proposed to build a re- servoir, and all of them had said they had never seen the place dry. Mr Ffoulkes Jones then proposed that the Council accept the Countess de Morella's terms, with the exception of that relating to the period of the lease, aud that she be urged to grant the lease for 99 years. Mr M. G. Williams seconded, and it was passed. With regard to the flow of water at the site of the proposed reservoir, Mr W. Lloyd sent in a re- port that the average for one month (from Nov. 10 to Dec. 10, both inclusive) was 110,520 gallons per 24 hours. ABERGYNOLWYN WATER SUPPLY. The Rev G. R. G. Pugh wrote stating he would very soon be in Abergynolwyn, when Mr Meyrick Roberts, according to arrangements, would go over to confer with him about the water supply for the village. Mr Owen Jones said the Parish Council had met, and they were informed that Dr Bradford would not now take any steps in the matter as he had promised. The Medical Officer said the source of the, pro- posed water supply was liable to pollution, as it was in an open channel; it could, however, be piped. On the proposition of Mr Owen Jones, the matter was deferred. REPAIRS. Miss H. E. Jones wrote stating that the men would start at once with the repairs which the Council requested should be carried out at Nanty- rhenfaes. She had intended to give orders for such repairs before receiving the notice. Mr It Floulkes Jones said he bad seen Mr Gillart with regard to the repairs needed at Tydu, Llwyngwril, and Mr Gillart informed him that he had already given instructions to the builder to get the work done without delay. SCAVENGING AT ABERGYNOI/WYN. The Assistant Clerk said there was some doubt whether Talvllyn district was to contribute towards the expense of scavenging at the above village, the doubt arising with respect to Cwrt. Mr Meyrick Roberts was to have taken this matter in hand, but he was absent that day. The represent- atives of the district of Talyllyn, however, were present. Mr John Pugh Jones said he had not had time to look into the matter, neither had he seen Mr Roberts. On the proposition of Mr Owen Jones, the matter was deferred to the next meeting. TYNLLAN ANL TYNYCAB, LLANGELYNIN. The following letter was read from Mr E. W. Kirkby, Llanfendigaid, Towyn.re the above places This is the first intimation I have received as to the condition of these houses from your Board, and I am told the required alterations must he carried out in three months. I have received no complaint from the tenant of Tynllan as to the con- dition of his house and the roof of Tynycae was lately attended to, and the tenant says the house is comfortable. If your Board insist upon this work being done within the specified time, I shall have no course, with regard to the small holdings, but to amalgamate them and to do away with at least one of every two of the dwelling houses, as in this case I should have to add the land of Tynycae to Tynllan, and do away with Tynycae as a holding. I need hardly point out to your Board that this end of Llangelyin Parish is quite thinly populated enough as it is, and the loss of even one small hold- ing will be something in such a district. I may also point out to your Board that I have under- taken to rebuild at least one farm house on this estate in the coming spring, and have many other repairs to attend to, so that it will be quite im- possible to go in for extensive alterations and improvements at all these old-fashioned houses within a specified time. I am taking them in rota- tion, the worst first, and in due time I shall be able to improve them generally, provided your Board does not force matters, which, if they do, will be to the detriment of small holdings generally. I have this summer entirely re-built Closbach, near the places now complained of, so your Board can see that I am doing all I can for these small holdings, and if given time I hope to proceed with the work, but if the Board force us in the matter, instead of increasing small holdings, which are much needed, we shall have to do away with some of the existing ones. Please bring the matter before the notice of your Board at their next meeting." Mr Owen Jones said they could rely entirely on Mr Kirkby doing everything in his power in respect of the two places mentioned, and be proposed that the matter be left in his hands, relying on his word. Mr Ellis. Pugh Jones seconded and it was unanimously agreed to. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The Medical Officer reported that with the San- itary Inspector he had visited Bryncoedifor School, some of the walls of which were damp and needed repair at once. There was no proper prov- ision for disposing of the surface water in the area surrounding the school. The privies and urinals were badly constructed and badly drained. Proper pail closets should be provided. On December 31st he examined Pantllwyfog, in the Parish of Llanell- tyd. The house was naturally damp, as it had been built in an excavated site, the back wall being in contact with the soil. The dairy was damp and dark, had a bad floor, and was without ventilation of any kind. The kitchen also had a bad floor, and the bedroom had no ceilings, ana the walls generally were defective. There was no proper privy accommodation. They visited Corris and investigated a comulaint of nuisance existing at the back of Idris House, but they did not dis- cover anything injurious to health. Hen Factory, Aberllefenni, still remained in a very bad state,the around floor being flooded after heavy rains. On January 5th three cases of diphtheria were reported at Pcnmaenpool district, all of which were being investigated. The Assistant Clerk said that some parents had been'summoned for not sending their children to Bryncoedifor National School, but the magis- trates dismissed the summonses, the school build. ings being unfit for habitation. Mr R Ffoulkes Jones proposed that the Medical Officer send a notice to the Managers of the school pointing out that the place was unfit for habitation and directing that, it be closed. He proposed fur- ther that a copy of the Medical Officer's report on this building be sent to the Education Department. Mr M G Williams moved an amendment to tne effect that one month be given in which to carry out the necessary repairs, and on the matter being put to the vote, the ammendment was carried. INSPECTOR'S REPORT. Mr John Edwards, acting sanitary inspector, re- ported that according to instructions be inspected Felin Newydd, parish of Llanfacbretb. The house being too small to accommodate the family, a loft above a cowshed was used as a sleeping room. The loft had no ceiling, its walls were not plastered,and only one pane in the window was made to open. The walls of the dwelling house were defective,and in one place in contact with the soil to a considerable height. The roof also was out of repair, and the place was generally dilapidated. In company with the Medical Officer he inspected Bryncoeditor National School. One of the walls was damp and required painting, and the roof was slightly out of repair. There was ne provision to take away the surface water at the back of the school. The pit privies were in an unsatisfactory condition, and they should be emptied and thoroughly cleansed and converted into proper pail closets. He also in- spected Tydu, parish of Celynin. The walls were damp in several places, and the roof was defective. 1 Some of the sleeping rooms were without ceilings. I The kitchen floor was out of repairs. There was an old pit privy on the premises. Llwynynn was also inspected. This house was in a roost unsatisfactory condition. The bedrooms had no ceilings or fire- places. The house was cold, damp and draughty. A room on the ground floor was used as a sleeping room, and had a rough stone floor and a smoky chimney. The eaves were without gutters, and the general surroundings of the house were most damp. Some of the bedrooms at Tymawr, Llaneg:ry°- b*d no ceilings, and the roof was low and e The floors also were out of repair. The water supply was in a most unsatisfactory condition, manure heaps and cowsheds being right above the well and within a few feet of it. All the roo except one at Tvnewydd, Celynin, were without ceilings and fire places, and one was without a win- dow or ventilation of any sort. The roof, also, was defective. The water supply was at an incon- venient distance from the dwelling house, and there was no privy accommodation of any kind. With regard to Caerllwyn nothing had yet been done to improve the condition of the place. e attention of the agent of Benrbosucha had been called to the insanitary condition of the place, but nothing bad yet been done. The requirements of the Council in regard to Bronlletyifan and Blaen- pennant were still unattended to. Neither had any improvements been effected at Llanymawddwy School House with regard to the water supply. The attention of the owner of Bethania Terrace, Upper Corris, was called months ago to the dilap- idated and objectionable condition of the privies belonging to these cottages, and he was requested to replace them by proper pail closets, and later the owner was requested to pro- vide privy accommodation for GlandwyrydCottage, but nothing had been done at either place. The requirements of the Council had been complied with at Hillsborough, Upper Corris, but at New Street and Penygroes Cottages, properties of the same owner, nothing had been done. The insanitary condition of Trawsnant remained the same. It was resolved that notices be sent to several of the places mentioned by the Inspector.
ABERDOVEY. PERSONAL.—The Bishop of Bangor and his household have arrived at Pant Eidal, and, it is expected, will remain in residence there for two or three months. TREFEDDIAN HOTEL AND TERRACE DRAINAGE. At the last meeting of the Council it was de- cided to allow Mr Morgan, the owner, to construct a septic tank system of drainage for the above. A full report will be found in another column. SHIPPING.—On Saturday night the s.s. Dora arrived with a large cargo of groceries from Liver- pool, and sailed Wednesday morning. Tuesday morning the s.s. Kynanite, of Glasgow, arrived with a cargo of cement for the Birmingham Water Works, GOOD NEWS.-It is rumoured that Mr Edward Morgan, who is developing his Trefeddian Estate, will follow the example of Mr Solomon Andrews at Pwllheli, and will build a church and Calvinistic Methodist chapel near the hotel and cottages for the convenience of the residents. PRESENTATION.—At the close of his lecture last Wednesday evening, Philip Sidney presented the Institute with his beautiful volume entitled, The History of the Midland Churches." TEMPERANCE.—Last Sunday evening the Hall was crowded. The chair was filled by Mr John Pugh, Pier House. Addresses were delivered by Messrs Festin Williams. E. L. Rowlands, John r Lumley. and the chairman, Thirteen signed the pledge at the close of the meeting. THE CHORAL SOCIETY.—What about this once- flourishing Society? Where are the officers Mr Ffestin Williams, the conductor, Mr Lumley, the treasurer, and others. Is there no money in hand 1 The last performance of the cantata Daniel" was a fine treat. Are we to have no other ? Wake up, good comrades, wake up. BI-MONTHLY MEETING.—The Bi-monthly Sun- day School meeting of the Calvinistic Methodists was held at the Tabernacle Chapel last Sunday. A goodly number of representatives was present, and a very edifying discussion took place in the morn- ing meeting on The duty of the Sunday School in view of the popular demand for what is called light literature An excellent paper on the sub- ject by Mr Derry Evans, B.A. Towyn County School introduced the discussion. In the afternoon meeting the children answered excellently when catechised by Mr Meredith Jones, Caethle, and the Dosbarth Canol" fairly, when catechised by Mr E. Rowlands, Pennal. r.;J"A GOOD SUGGESTION.—It was suggested in the discussion during the debate last Thursday evening, that an arrangement should be come to between the School Board, the District Council, and the different land-owners in the district, by which every child in the parishes of Towyn and Pennal should have an opportunity of planting one tree annually. We believe that a holiday of this kind is given every year to the children of America where it is known as Arbor day. In a few years, with some plan of this kind, the face of our barren- looking locality would be entirely changed. BABY FOUND DEAD IN BED.—An inquest as to the death of Mary Jones, 10 weeks old, danghter of Robert Owen Jones, who was found dead by her mother on Sunday morning last, was held last, week at Blaenavon, Glamorgan). The child had been suffering from slight fits, but usually became all right in a few minutes. On. the Satur- day night she had a very slight fit In the morning the mother awoke at about a quarter to 5, when she found that the child was dead in her arms. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from convul- sions." A REMARKABLE MAN.—One of the most remark- able men in the whole of Great Britain is Captain Roger Lewis, who lives at Carpenters' Rest, Penhelig, in this town. He is 87 years of age and may now be seen daily following his occupation as boat builder. This veteran artizan can boast of a wonderful career. He has not only designed, but built 14 ships, rigged them ready for sea, and, pos- sessing a master's certificate for home and foreign parts, he has in bygone days commanded many of the ships he built. Captain Lewis built the first steamer that crossed' At)erdovey Bar. It was called the Quarry Maid." He has spent 44 years of his life on sea, and when he retired, he built the house in which he now resides. To adorn the walls of the local Museum, we would suggest that a paint- ing of this veteran be procured by the Institute Committee. CHRISTIAN ENDBAVOUR.-The weekly meeting of this society was held on Monday evening, and took the form of a sham Parliamentary election. There was a large attendance, Mr W J Hughes acting as presiding officer. Mr Humphrey Row- lands (Conservative candidate) opened in a humourous address, being supported in a vigorous speech by Mr J W Morgan, and supplemented by Mr D LI Hughes in a few well-chosen words. Mr Rees J Davies (Labour candidate), in a concise ad- dress. laid stress upon the unequal representation in Parliament, and claimed a better representation for labour, Mr John Owen corroborating. In a carefullv-worded address, Mr R Griffith (Liberal candidate) laid before the meeting the claims of Liberalism, and was ably supported by Mr John Roberts. The result of the poll was as fol- low.s:-Liberal, 19; Conservative, 5; Labour, 5; neutral, 1. LIFEBOAT,—On Monday night the Aberdovey lifeboat went out for a surprise exercise. The even- ing was dark, but the weather frosty, which added to the interest of the night practice, All arrange- ments were under the command of Captain David Jones, whose duties as superintendent coxswain are very smartly carried out. Only nine minutes ex- pired between the time the boat left the house until she was on the water with all hands property rigged for their exercise. The crew and hauliers turned out well. Our little Welsh seaport is noted for help in cases of emergency. Men, women, and children turn out in scores whenever, and at any hour, the signal is given. This institution is worthy of general support. The record of saving so many brave sailors should appeal to rich and poor for their donations. Captain Enoch Lewis, the energetic local secretary, or Captain D Jones, the coxswain, will gladly receive any subscriptions to enable the Lifeboat Institution to meet the emergencies of the future. THE LITERARY INSTITUTE made a new move last Wednesday night, when the members and friends crowded every available corner of their large room to bear Philip Sidney' read Dickens'' Christmas Carol.' A nominal charge of twopence was made, so as not to deter anyone from coming, and the result fully justified the j means. The committee's idea was to try and still 1 further increase the interest in the lending library by a reading in their own premises, and at tne same time benefit the funds of the Institute, both which ends were attained. The audience in- cluded numbers of young men, sailors, firemen, leading inhabitants, and the chairman of the Urban District Council. Only a prior engagement kept awav Mr Howells, of Craigydon, the popular president of the Institute. In his absence the chair was taken by Mr Eves, one of the viee.presidents, who briefly opened the proceedings, observing. that as this was the third time that1 Philip Sidney bad come to help them, he certainly needed no intro- duction there. A vote of thanks, moved by Mr E L-Rowlands and seconded by Mr Evans, school- master, was given with three times three to the reader, not only for his visit that night, but for bis continued interest in the welfare of the Institute. A similar compliment to the chairman closed the enjoyable proceedings. DEBATING SOCIETY.-The weekly meeting of this society was held at the lower room of the In- stitute on Thursday evening. The chair was taken by Mr T. H. Owain Jones, A.P S. The subject for discussion was The present policy of the Dis- trict Council." First a vote of censure on the Council was proposed by Mr Festin Williams, who in very fair terms followed up the work of the Council for the last fifty years. He found fault with the Council for not purchasing the gasworks, the foreshore, the common, and pointed out the many mistakes made in the general administration of the district. Mr W Jones, (R.O., followed by taking the opposite view, and moved a vote of con- fidence in the Council, and pointed cut the great; improvements carried out at Aberdovey, Many members took part, and all appeared to be in favour of censuring the Council. When the vote was taken, it was, as anticipated, in favour of the opener; all appeared to lose sight of the fact that all great improvements mean much heavier taxes, which, it is agreed by all who have to bear the burden, cannot be increased for some time to come. It is to be hoped that some of the eloquent censurers will offer their services to the public at the next election, so that they might have a chance of putting their theories into practice. They will then soon find when they want to carry out some brand new scheme, that the public is much like the horse in the old proverb which saith that one man can lead him to the water's brink, but twenty cannot make him drink." FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE WHARF. INQUEST ON THE BODY. An inquest touching the death of the boy David Jones, who was killed by being run over by a rail- way truck on the previous Wednesday, was con- ducted at the Literary Institute, Aberdovey, on Saturday afternoon last, by Mr R 0 Jones, deputy county coroner. Mr E L Rowlands was appointed foreman of the jury. Mr Minssall, solicitor, Oswes- try, was present on behalf of the Cambrian Rail- ways Company.—Captain David Jones, 55, Copper- hill-street, father of the boy, was the first witness, and he gave his evidence under deep emotion. He said his vessel, the Sarah Davies, was alongside the wharf, on the previous Wednesday. On that day I is son went with him to the ship. While on the ship he was playing with a little ball. Between 3 ar.d 4 in the afternoon they started for home, the boy walking a little behind. Shunting operations were being carried on at the wharf at the time, and be and deceased were walking between the waggons and the warehouse. When the waggons started to move, he looked back, and not seeing his boy at first, looked underneath, and saw him there with the wheel going over his face. It was on the far rail from him that this occurred, and deceased must have gone under the waggon to have got there. He did not notice the ball in his possession coming from the ship. He had been told by Mr Edwards, the stationmaster, that a ball had been found near where the accident took place. The golf ball (produced) was one similar to what his son had been playing with. Deceased was seven years of age last June,—Mr E L Rowlands, on be- half of the jury, proposed a vote of sympathy with Captain Jones and his family in their sad bereave- ment.—The Coroner and Mr Minshall also joined in the expression of sympathy which was carried in silence.—John Lumley, foreman at the wharf, in the employ of the Cambrian Railways Company, was next examined. He said he bad seen the boy on the quay and on the ship during the afternoon. He was about 50 yards away when the accident occurred, His attention was first attracted by hearing a man shouting. He immediately signalled the engine to stop, and ran in the direction of the shouting. On reaching the spot he saw the boy's head under the wheel. He extricated him, and carried him into the warehouse. The wheel had passed over his neck, his right hand, and left arm, the limbs being practically severed from the body. Some time after the ball (produced) was found near the place where the accident occurred.— Lewis Edwards, stationmaster, Aberdovey, deposed that he saw a railway employee, named William Smalley, picking up the ball close to where the ac- cident occurred.—The Coroner, in summing up, said the facts pointed to the conclusion that death was quite accidental, and that the boy must have gone under the waggon to fetch his ball-The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death." The funeral of the boy took place the same after- noon at the cemetery, and was largely attended. A large number of school children were also present, who were marshalled by Mr Festin Wil- liams (headmaster), and Miss O'Neale (senior mistress. The officiating ministers were the Rev Mr Jones (C.M.), and the Rev Mr Evans (I). ♦
LAMPETER. MINISTERIAL.—The Rev J. N. Davies, of Llanfair has decided to accept the call which he recently received from the Welsh Congregational Church at Zoar, Swansea, and will commence duties on an early date DONATio-V,rs Davies-Evans, of Highmead, has kindly sent to the Committee of Management of the Secondary School for Girls a subscription of ES to be allocated partly to the aid of the finances of the school, and partly to the provision of prizes for the encouragement of study. LAMPETER SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS.- Miss Emily Morgan, A.R.C.M., A. Mus. T.C.L., has been offered and has accepted the post of music mistress in the Lampeter Secondary School for Girls. Miss Morgan is very highly qualified. She has had extensive and successful experience, and is very warmly recommended by those with whom she has worked. Her special subjects are pianoforte playing, theory and harmony, singing and organ, and she is accustomed to prepare pupils for all the public examinations in music. Lampeter is to be congratulated of securing the services of a teacher so accomplished. APPOINTMENT.—The Rev. D. Alec Lloyd, curate cf St. Pauls', Harringay, London, and son of Mrs Lloyd, 15, Station-terrace, has been appointed honorary chaplain to the South African forces. Mr Lloyd left Waterloo station for Southampton on Tuesday week, and sailed on board the R.M.S. Tagus the same day. Mr Lloyd was accorded a hearty send off, and was the recipient of numerous presents. He hopes to return to his native land in aboat twelve months time. WEDDING.—The Rev T W Moore, B.A., curate at St Margaret's, Mountain Ash, newly-appointed vicar of Pontnewydd, Mon., and Miss Maria M Jones, Mountain Ash, were married on Tuesday at St Margaret's, Mountain Ash. A large number of friends witnessed the ceremony, which was pet formed by the Rev B Lloyd, B.D., vicar and rural dean (uncle of the bridegroom). The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Tom Jones, and the bridesmaids were the Misses Jones (neices of tne bride), who were accompanied by ten little flower girls. The best man was Mr Rowland P Dowling, Ynysybwl. The bride and bridegroom left by the 12-30 p.m. Great Western Railway train for Bournemouth, where the honeymoon will be spent. Mr Moore, is the son of Mr Thomas Moore, of Bridge-street. Lampeter, who was an inspector of nuisances and Surveyor of Lampeter for many years. BENEFIT CON.CERT.-As announced in our last issue, a benefit concert was given to Dan Williams (junior), Drovers-road, at the School Hall, on Tues- day evening last. As is well knowa among the in- habitants, Dan has suffered a long and painful ill- ness, thus incurring a very heavy expense on his family. A number of local gentlemen took the matter in hand, and formed a committee, of which Mr D F Lloyd was chairman, Mr D Roberts, sec- retary, and Mr D Davies, Caxton Hall, treasurer., The committee unanimously decided to assist him to enter a sanatorium, in order that he may recruit his health. The concert was at all events well at- tended, and was a proof that he bad much sym- pathy. The programme was gone through in a praiseworthy manner, and was as follows :—Piano- forte solo, Tarantelle," Miss Mary Jones song, "Who carries the gun?" Mr Arthur Edwards selections of part songs by the renowned Lampeter Mouth Organ Band comic song, I bats how l saved my life," Mr J Alban chorus, On the ramparts," Excelsior Male Voice Party, conducted by Mr D J Bowen song, Japanese love song," Miss Jennie Jones glee, Hark hark! away," St Peter's Church Choir, conducted by Mr W Lewis duet, 11 Bydd bur i Gymru Fad," Messrs Emrys Morris and D B Williams; song, Miss M J Jones selections by the renowned Mouth Organ Band song, 11 Wreckers of Dunraven," Mr D B Williams; chorus, Dewrion Feibion Gwalia," Excelsior Male Voice Party. The second part of the programme contained a farce (in one act), entitled Turn him out." This was well performed and kept the audience in a happy mood till the end. The char- acters represented were, Nicodemus Nobbs (an itinerant vendor of juvenile toys), Mr Wm Lewis, Mr Mackintosh Moke, Mr J M Edwards Mr Eg- lantine Roseleaf, Mr J Alban Julia (Moke's wife), Miss Annie Hughes Susan (a maid of all work), Miss Annie L Owen Two Porters, Messrs E J Evans and D W Davies; finale, God save the King." CHURCH TEA PARTY.—The annual tea party in connection with the Welsh Church Sunday School was held on Wednesdey afternoon in last week at the Old Grammar School. The tables were beauti- fully decorated by the members, and laid out with a good supply of hot tea, cake, buns, &c., and were superintended over by Mrs D Davies, College-street, and Miss Enoch Jones, Mount Walk, assisted by a large number of willing helpers. All having done ample justice to the good things provided, a mis. cellaneous entertainment was held under the pre- sidency of Mr William Junes. superintendent of the school. In the absence of the vicar, the Rev W J Evans, curate, conducted in his usual humour- ous manner. A long programme, consisting of songs, dialogues, and recitations, arranged by Mr Johnny Ivans, secretary of the school, was gone through in an admirable manner, and the meeting gave entire satisfaction to all those present. At nine o'clock games and dancing were indulged in up to a late hour, and the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadan" brougt to a close a very enjoyable evening. COEDMOBE LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY. -Under the auspices of the above Society, a very successful meeting was held at the Ram School on New Year's Eve. The first part of the meeting was taken up by a debate on the question of Trades Unionism." Mr Davies, schoolmaster, was unan- imously voted to the chair and after a few prelim- inary remarks from the Chairman the debate was proceeded with. MrT Roberta,in a powerful speech opened the discussion on the side of Unionism and was seconded by Mr D Davies; on the opposite side, Mr Thomas Morgan read an admirable paper and in Mr G Jones Davies he found an able sec- onder. The latter's effort was characterised by a good deal of biting sarcasm. Eloquent speeches were further delivered on both sides and the final voting resulted in the victory of the Unionists over the "non Unionists." Having settled one im- portant question, the members and all people present (about 120 in number) adjourned for supper, which was presided over by Mrs Davies, Abertrisant. When every one had due ample justice to the good things provided for them,a short musical programme was gone through. Songs, duets, &c., were admirably given by Messrs Davies and Miss Davies, Rboslwyn, and a few others and their efforts were keenly appreciated. With this part of the programme over, we had another debate on the following question, Reason or Love, which in the safest guide in choosing a wife ?" Mr James Evans put forward the claims of Reason in an excellent speech. The eloquence of this speaker fairly captivated the audience and his speech was frequently punctuated with loud ap- plause. Mr J W Thomas followed and in a racy speech emphasised the points already mentioned by the previous speaker. Mr J Ivor Rees championed the cause of Love and was ably supported by Mr James Davies. It soon became evident that the subject was one of deep interest to all the people present and most of the speakers waxed eloquent over the claims of Love. The discussion and the voting resulted in a great victory for Love. It was, indeed, a veritable "triumph of love." Mr Davies made an ideal chairman, and kept the meeting well in hand and his worthy and en- couraging remarks from the chair were greatly ap- preciated. The debates throughout maintained a high level of excellence. It should have been mentioned that the supper was given to the mem- bers by the Chairman and his wife. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to both and three cheers were lustily given for Mrs Davies. A few minutes still left before mid-night were well occupied by Mr J Walter Thomas, who made an earnest and impassioned appeal to all the young people present to join the Society which, we are glad to state, is in a -most flourishing condition. At the stroke of 12, the old tune-" Crugybar was impressively sung by the whole audience. The meeting from beginning to end was a most successful one in fact, it far exceeded our highest expectations. After wishing one another a Happy New Year one left with the feeling that the last hours of the Old Year had been worthily spent, and, with the hope that all should live to enjoy a similar meeting at the close of the second year of the new century. PRESENTATION TO THE REV W. LI. FOOTMAN. There was an interesting gathering at the vestry of Holy Trinity Church, Aberystwyth, on Wednes- (lay evening in last week, when the Rev W. Ll. Footman, a former curate, and now headmaster of St David's College School. Lampeter, was made the recipient of a handsome gold watch. The Rev Prebendary Williams presided and there were also present Rev T E P Davies, curate, the Rev W LI and Mrs Footman. M J Denston Perrott, Mr W H Colby and Mr J Jenkin Jones (churchwardens). Mr Price, Crystal Palace, Mrs W J Watkins, Miss Watkins, Miss Williams, Abergeldie, Mrs Harold Atwood, Mrs Sheraton, Miss Evans, Gogerddan Cottages, Miss Dunn, and others. Rev Prebendary Williams said it was now some time since they had Mr Footman amongst them, but although time had passed, he was sure they all remembered his genial and pleasant face, and were very glad to see him among them once more. Dur- ing the four years that he served as curate of that parish he found him a most pleasant, willing, and able colleague; always ready to carry on the im- portant work which was given him to do as curate. He believed it was Mr Gladstone that said that a town curate held about the most responsible office of any man in the country." He had to be active; he had to visit the people; he had to take the lead among the young people he had to teach them on Sundays and week days; and he had to set for them an example of a pure Christian life. He was sure that in all these respects Mr Footman did his duty. He took a very great interest in the young people of the parish, and being an athlete the young men of the congregation could look up to him with respect; and having been engaged as a teacher before he came there, they found he could instruct the young in what he might say an exemplary manner. Children's services flourished during his time, and he was sure the parents would always look to him with respect for the interest he had taken in their children. It was not for him but it was for the members of the congregation to express their appreciation of Mr Footman's services. He had only to say that be had found him a most agreeable fellow-worker, and that he was ready at all times to help him in the work of administering and carrying on the duties of this growing parish (applause). Mr W. H. Colby said he supposed the Vicar bad asked him, as the tallest and greyest of the two churchwaidens, to make the pr- sentation to Mr Footman. He had pleasure in doing so on behalf of the members of the congregation of Holy Trinity Church, as a token of the kindly feeling with which they all regarded him, and as a memento of over 4i years harmonious working amongst them. They congratulated him upon having obtained the head- mastership of Lampeter School, and upon having secured the services of a working partner (laughter and hear, bear). They wished Mr and Mrs Foot- man every happiness and success in their future career at Lampeter (applause).—Mr Colby then handed the watch to Mr Footman. Mr J. Jenkin Jones, another churchwarden, who also spoke, said Mr Footman was always like one of themselves. Although the testimonial was not as large as they would like it to be, he hoped Mr Footman would value the feeling which prompted them to make it. Mr Jones spoke of Mr Footman's good work in connection with the Sunday School. The funds had been improved, and the membership increased from 80 to 180. He wished Mr and Mrs Footman long life, happiness, and prosperity (hear, hear.) Mr J. D. Perrott said the small token carried with it hearty and sincere good wishes. They were all sorry to lose Mr Footman, but were anxious for his future success. They always remembered him amongst them as being an exemplary worker, and as doing an immense amount of work in the parish. It was a new church, which necessitated the formation of all the organisations connected with church work, but all had gone on successfully smoothly, and harmoniously. They would miss his' genial and happy presence amongst them, but his example would be a great encouragement and would stimulate them in future work (hear, hear.) The Rev W. Ll. Footman was heartily received on rising to acknowledge the presentation. He said he was very grateful to them all for the kind things said of him and for the handsome watch. When the matter was suggested to him, he sug- gested, as the bazaar and other things were on hand that the matter should be allowed to pass. The Vicar, however, said the parishioners desired to present him with something on leading, and he had nothing further to say though e felt that the pleasant memories of his stay at Aberystwyth and work among them would have been enough and quite satisfactory to him. The watch would be his constant companion and would many times a day remind him of the happy times spent in that parish (hear, hear). Since he came to Aberystwyth in 1896, thanks to the euthusiasm of the Vicar and his excellent churchwardens and generous parish- ioners, the chancel had been completed and pro- vided with fine choir stalls and practically paid for. When the foundation stone of the chancel was laid. in 1897, he told the Vicar that he did not see where the £2,400 was to come from. The Vicar, however, always took a hopeful view and now his hopes had been almost realized (bear, hear.) In addition to that one of the churchwardens (Mr Colby) had generously provided a Church hall in which the Sunday School and other meetings were held Çbear, hear.) In that and other respects he congratulated the Vicar on his churchwardens. With their assistance, he hoped the small balance of debt would soon be wiped off and the church completed by the addition of a tower with a fine peal of bells (cheers.) The Vicar having pronounced the Benediction, the meeting ended.—The watch, a handsome gold one, was supplied by Mr Purton, North-parade. THE HERO OF THE HOUR. Were the good humoured Evan Evans. Deheudir" among the vast throng of 14,000 people at Blackheath on Saturday he would have good reasons to exclaim, as was his wont at his eisteddfodau Boys Llambed show talent." Prob- ably no native of Lampeter in any sphere of life has received such a wide notice in the press as the celebrated full back from this little town who played at the International on Saturday. Boys Llambed can show loyalty as well as talent and it was but natural, therefore, that they turned out to a man on Monday evening to give a right royal Welsh welcome to Mr J. Strand Jones on bis return home from Blackheath, where he had distinguished himself so much and added to the lustre of the Welsh team. Mr Strand Jones arrived by the last train in company of the deputy- mayor, Councillor Joseph Davies, and Mr J. S. Jones, who acted as linesman on Saturday last. At the station he was met oy a torchlight pro- cession headed by the Town Band under the; conductorship of Mr E. Davies-Jones, and drawn in a wagonette through the principal streets in company of Alderman S. Davies-Jones and Mr J. S. Jones. Later in the evening a largely attended smoking concert was held at the Lion Hotel, under the presidency of Alderman S. Davies-Jones, the programme was as followsThe toast of^the Royal Family, proposed by the chairman duett, Messrs W. and J. Davies; song. Mr Phil Jones; humorous speech, Mr S. V. Davies comic son- Mr J. Alban. The Chairman in proposing the toast 01 the" Welsh Football Union said that Mr Strand Jones had won a match for Wales for the first time on the Blackheath ground. He was sure the people at Cardiff woukPnot appreciate the recep- tion given to him at Lampeter that night. Song Mr J. Davies. Mr J. Samuel Jones in responding on bebalfjof the Welsh Football Union:said that the men who voted in favour of Strand Jones were the seven proudest, men on the field on Saturday. In spite of the volumes of criticisms, he was pleased to find that they had come out so well of the fray. It was the finest international match he bad seen, and it was their host—Mr Strand Jones-who had opened the scoring by running three-parts of the length, then passing on to the London Welshman who west oyer. The Welshmen were the masters of the situation during the last twenty minutes, and it was through Strand's fine kick that the garite was won.- Addresses were also delivered by Mr Jos James, Rev D, T. Jones. Pontypridd Messrs D. Watkins, E. Inglis Davies, Lovell, and Anthony. Songs were also given by Messrs Arthur Lynch, J. Alban, H. W. Howells, D. B. Williams. W. A. Mills and selections of part songs by the Mouth Organ Band, Needless to say that the news of the victory was received with great satisfaction at Lampeter. The news of the result was first received here by Mr E. S, Morris, newsagent on Saturday evening. SCHOOL BOARD.—A special meeting of the mem- ) bers of the School Board was held on Thursday last, the Rev Evan Evans (vice-chairman) presid- ing. The other members present were the Rev R C Jones. Messrs J E Lloyd and John Jones, with Mr D F Lloyd (clerk). The Clerk having reported that Mrs Nicholas bad refused to accept the terms offered her at the previous meeting for cleaning the St Peter's School, it was resolved to offer her £5 10s per annum as from December last, this sum to include all extras.—A letter from Mr D F Lloyd. secretary of the Girls Secondary School having been read requesting the Board to get their girl pupil c teachers instructed at the Secondary School, it was resolved that a reply be sent stating that the Board could rot at present entertain the applica- tion.—It was resolved that, as no other school in Lampeter possessed the necessary apparatus, the clerk should ascertain whether the girl pupil teachers could be instructed in Science at the St David's College School.—Miss Cissy Jones (an ex- pupil teacher) was appointed a provisional assistant teacher under Article 49 at the Peterwell Infants school at a salary of £25 per annum, to commence duties on the 15th inst, and subject to three months notice on either side.—It was resolved that Itbwen Davies, be appointed a candidate for pupil teacher at the Peterwell Girls school at a salary of P,6 a year. It was also agreed that Mr John Jones and the Clerk should purchase a clock for this school-The annual report, upon the work of the St Peter's Boy's school (Headmaster Mr W Lewis") from His Majesty's Inspector was read. It stated that this is an intelligently conducted school. A t very large amount of excellent work has been ac- complished during the year." The report on the work done at the St Mary's School, Maestir, was as follow.s:—This school is in a satisfactory condition of efficiency on the whole. History and expression in the reading should receive careful attention next year. The loose stones on the playground should be removed. Miss M J Thomas is recognised under Article 82 (b) of the code.—It was resolved that Messrs John Jones and J E Lloyd should be ap- pointed to see that the suggestion in the Inspector's report as to removing stones from the yard of St Mary's School should 'be carried out and also to get the pump put into proper working order. THE POST OFFICE.—It would be well if the Town Council were to take steps to get an improve- ment in the postal arrangements for the town and district on the lines suggested in a recent num- ber of your paper. The new postmaster should be encouraged in all possible ways to provide better accommodation for the service of the public at the office and also to effect other very necessary im- provements. I am told that a service of motor cars between this town and Aberayron would prove a safe and profitable investment to the promoters as well as a boon to the inhabitants of a wide district. These could carry the mail bag to such hamlets as Llanwnen, Cribyn and other places at much faster speed than can be done by a horse and trap. They should also enable cottagers and small < farmers to send their produce to town and to the markets a very low rate. While there are such possibilities in store and such ample room for im- provement, it is nothing short of a scandal that Lampeter should have to drag at the heels of such a stagnant village as Llandyssul, in so far as its postal arrangements are concerned. May I also repeat the question given in your last issue. Where, oh where, is that' Sleeping Beauty," the Chamber of Commerce -T. BARBED WIRE-What has come over those two doughty town councillors who were going to champion the public cause against the introduction of the barbarous barbed wire ? You had better take care and be up and doing or you will find that if you sleep much longer, you will be tied down to earth like the giant in Gulliver's Travels." X.X. IS IT NOT A NUISANCE ? [To the Editor of the Welsh Gazette.] SIR,—I notice in your report of the Lampeter Town Council meeting held January 8th, a most uncalled-for and untrue remark made by Coun- cillor J. J. Davies, with regard to my letter to the Council, in which letter (after consulting my neighbours) I asked that the water tap which is fixed a few inches from my shop window be removed—owing to its being a nuisance and the dampness from this tap causing the goods in my shop to rust. I also suggested (at the wish of those that use this tap) that it be placed at the back. A more suitable place for swilling blankets, &-c. than in the principal street. Councillor J. J. Davies said that I was never satisfied, that I wanted everything. Did I ever before ask the Council for anything ? Councillor J. J. Davies also said that one of these days I should want the Corporation to say that property was not their own. Of tne many absurd ta 1" remarks made by this Councillor, this is the worst of all. If he means the property I occupy, I do not think the Corporation ever dreamt of laying claim to it but surely as a member who has had a seat on the Council for so many years, Councillor Davies is acquainted with Corporation property. I shall be glad if Councillor J. J. Davies will explain himself through the columns of your paper. Again, those Councillors who did not at the meeting con- sider this tap to be a nuisance (it being far enough from their own premises) will, I think, bear me out when I say that for about four yards about this tap in summer and winter the ground is simply mud, and in frosty weather a mass of ice. Is this not a nuisance ? Thanking you in anticipation and apologizing for so far trespassing upon your invalu- able space. D. J. JONES, Idris Cycle Works, Lampeter. RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. The Rev T C Edmunds, Trefilan, presided over a meeting of the Lampeter Rural District Council, held on Friday. TAFARNDY ROAD. A deputation of persons interested in the Taf- arndy road. Cellan, was received by the Council, and applied to have the Tafarndy road taken over and maintained by the Council. It appeared from the evidence of the deputation that the road which leads from Llanfair Mill to Cellan, tracts of which may be seen, if put into a proper state of repair would be a shorter cut from the one place to the other. Mr John Jones, the Mill, and an aged lady named Williams bore out testimony that they re- membered the road being used by the public, and if it were put in a better state and maintained by the Council it would be a boon to the neighbour- hood. Among those who objected was Mr Rees, the Mill. It would cost he said a great deal to put the place in a fit condition, and a footbridge would also have to be built. It was agreed that the matter be left to the clerk to make further enquiries. TYPHOID FEVER. The Medical Officer (Pr E C Thomas) reported a case of Typhoid fever at Parknoyadd, Llanfairr The sanitary condition of the premises was far from saiisfactory more especially the wated supply. In the summer the inhabitants obtainee their supply from a well some distance from tht houe-bub in the winter they avail themselves o the surface water running in a stream at)out;am yards from the house, and which must be contam- inated, in passing through fields, by the animals on the Parknoyadd and adjoining farms. He would report further on the question of typhoid in his annual report which would be ready shortly. The Sanitary Inspector had disinfected the place and carried out the necessary instructions. BOARD OF GUARDIANS. The fortnightly meeting of the Guardians was held, on Friday last, Mr David Davies, Velindre. presiding. There were also present the Rev R C Jones (vice chairman), and Messrs John Davies, Lampeter Urban B J Evans, Llanfairclydogau; W Inglis Jones, Bettws Bledrws; T H R Hughes, Llanwnen Lewis Davies, Llilnycrwys; David Davies, Llanfihangel-rhosycorn David Price. Lampeter Rural; Thomas Williams, Llanwenog J G Marsden, Silian with J E Lloyd (clerk), E D; Rees, (assistant clerk), James Evans, (master), Wm Davies and David Evans (relieving officers), and Dr Abel Evans (medical officer). STATISTICS. Amount of out-door relief administered during the past fortnight per Mr Wm Davies, wasL34 Is to 12a paupers per Mr David Evans, Z41 is to 128 — -r-- paupers. Number of inmates in the house 19 corresponding period last year 22 Number oi vagrants relieved during the past fortnight 36; correspondtng period last year 24, an increase of 12. MASTER'S REPORT. The master reported that Evan Thomas, ao inmate was on the 1st inst. sent to prison for fourteen days with hard labour for misconducting himself at the house. On New Year's Day the inmates were treated to dinner by Mr T. H. R. Hughes. Neuaddfawr,and they all thanked him for his generosity.—On the proposition of the chairman, and seconded by Mr Lewis Davies, a vote of thanks was accorded to Mr Hughes for his kindness. SANCTIONED. The Local Government Board wrote stating tha they approved of the increase in the salaries of the master, and the relieving officers. "k THE FRIENDLY SOCIETIES BILL. 1 The secretary of the conference of the Friendly Societies wrote, stating that, in view of the litera- ture which they understand has been distributed by the Charity Organisation Society, asking thilt Board A oppose the passing of the above Bill, they respectfully beg to submit a brief explan- ation of the same, together with a few reasons why the proposed measure was introduced into Parlia- ment. on behalf of the Kational Conference of Friendly Societies. They desire at the same time- to make clear the fact that the said Bill in no way touches upon the question of old age pensions, and that any such question in connection with its pro- visions is altogether outside the intention of the promoters. It will be observed that the Bill seeks only to provide for cases in which a small weekly sum is received from a friendly society as sick pay," The Bill provides as follows In granting cut-door relief to a member of any friendly society the Board of Guardians shall not take into con- sideration any sum Jreceived from such friendly society as sick pay, except in so far as such sum shall exceed 5s a week. The Clerk said that if a man received 5s a week from a friendly society, the Board should treat such a case in the granting of relief as if he was receiving sick pay. The Cliairman said that nothing prevented them now to relieve. The object of the Bill was that the Guardians should not take into confederation any sick pay that paupers received from friendly societies. No action was taken in the matter, and the letter "as left on the table. A SAD CASE. h B J Evans drew attention to the case of a widow named Eleanor Jones, Llwynfedw, Llanfanv who had a small farm which was fully mortgaged to Mr William Williams at £220. The Guardians discussed the question at some length and decided to ask Mr Williams to realise the sale of the farm and if there was a surplus tc pay it to the widow. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. Mr David Davies presided over a meeting of this committee. THE SPORTING RIGHTS. The Clerk said t hat the valuer had now valued the district, and as the books would have to be de- posited in March he would like to have the qustion of the Sporting Rights settled in order to have the books made up. The Chairman said that the complaint was that the sporting rights were rated too high. He t)plicved that they were rated higher than at any other Union Were they not ? The Clerk said that he bad written to the ad- joining Union for a scale but had received no re- ply. Mr Harford's agent offered 3d per acre. The Chairman said be thought that the valuer charged a little more when the acreage was over 2000 acres. Mr Inglis Jones said that the fairest way would be to write to the valuer asking him to reconsider his deci&ion with a view of modifying the scale. He did not know why some had to pay 5d and ot hers only 3d. He proposed that the clerk should write to the valuer, asking him to reconsider the question. This was agreed to.
Vale of Aeron. YSTRAD FAIR—This was held on Monday last. The weal her was favourable, and a very goodly number of cattle and horses were shown. Dealers were plentiful and prices paid were very satisfac- torv to farmers—store cattle sold particularly well and fat bull,- sold at 26s"per cwt, whilst prime qual- ity young cows and heifers sold as high as 29s per cwt. Several horses changed hands at £45. This fair looks as if destined to become about the largest (barring Dalis) in Mid-Cardiganshire. There is only ten years since it has been started and it grows visibly from year to year. Farmers are much to blame by selling their stock at home, and they are undoubtedly losers by doing so.
NEW QUAY. GRAMMAR SCHoor.M-r T. Wallis Thomas, the new headmaster of the Grammar School, has arrived at New Quay, and intends opening the new school shortly. PHEI-,OME*.NAL.-At Glyngoleu Farm, last Satur- day afternoon, a cow gave birth to three calves and, strange to :<ay, the three are doing well, and very likely to live. TEMPERANCE —A crowded temperance meeting was held at Bethel on Monday evening. The chair was occupied by Rev J. Jenkins, and stirring addresses were delivered by the Revs E. J. Edwards, Brynrhiwgaled,. D. M. Davies,Towyn, and Rev J. Jenkins Misses May Philippsand Davies sang- a duett and Miss Nellie James, Glynteifi rendered a beautiful solo in Welsh. Miss Edith Davies, Church-street, also sang very sweetly. The meeting closed with prayer offered by Mr Thomas, Brynarfor. PUBLIC MEETING.—At the Board School on Monday evening last, a public meeting was called to consider once again the bonsing of the mocb abused hearse. Councillor E. J. Davies occupied the chair. Mr Thomas, Brynarfor, suggested that the meeting should ask the owner of the Sailote Home if he would kindly rent the coachhouse, where the hearse is kept at present, for the next twelve months. The suggestion was acted upon, and a committee was appointed to carry it out. It is to be hoped that nothing more will be beard of this much talked of hearse for the next twelve months. At the close the Chairman brought to the notice of the meeting the advantages of apply- ing for the services of the teacher iB cookery given by the County Council. A strong committee was formed, and the secretary Mr John Owen was asked to make the application. SOCIAL GATHERING.—A very pleasant evening was spent at "the Tabernacl Schoolroom last Thurs- day, when the young: ladies, for the second time, devoted their abilities and attention to the enter- tainment of their many friends for an hour or so. After tea a special programme was gone through, and it is not often the lot of anyone to enjoy such a musical treat as that given on Thursday evening. Some of the songs and recitations were quite above the order of what we generally get; and, if it were possible to repeat last Thursday evening's programme many no doubt would eagerly avail themselves of the opportunity of enjoying it. The programme was as follows:—Pianoforte solo. Miss Lucy Davies solo, Mvfi Svdd yn Magu'r baban," Miss Maud Davies solo. -'Dadv," Mrs D. O. Jones, song, Ould plaid Shawl Mise, Augusta Griffiths song, The Lighthouse Light," Mr T. P. Jones recita- tion," The usual way," Miss Hodees. R.A.M.; dialogue, "Twelfth night," Miss Hodges, R.A.M., and Miss M. rhomas, K.A.M.; song," lien uaaair freichiau fy Fam." Miss Maggie Thomas. R.A.M.; duett, Ora pro Nobis," Mr T P.Jones and Mrs D. O. Jones; song, '• Robin adair." Miss Bessie Evans, Miss May Philipps Tatters song, T. Timothy solo, Mentra Gwen, W. Timothy; song, The man who carries the Gun," Councillor E. J. Davies; song, u Darby and Joan," Miss Mary Ellen Philipps. It may be mentioned that several of these item* were encored, among them being Messrs W. Timothy and Councillor E. J. Davies. The Rev Joseph Jenkins, pastor, presided.
LLANFARIAN. CO-OPERATION AMONG FARMERS.—The co- operation movement among the farmers of Cardi- ganshire is gaining ground. The movement is spreading from the southern end of the county to tbe northern end. On Saturday evening a meeting of the farmers of the district of Llanfarian was hew atPentrebont schoolroom, where they were met by Mr Vaughan Davies, M.P., who explained to them, in a clear and practical way, the objects of the pro- posed Agricultural Co-operative Society, and pointed out tbe advantages of such a sooiety to the farmers of Ireland and Scotland. Mr Davies said that the local society should cover the district from Aberystwyth to Castle Hill and thence to Blaenplwyf. It wa.s decided to call another meet- ing of farmers and labourers as well, and have the Society registered as soon as possible, so as to take advantages of the spring purchases at reduced prices. Great thanks are due to Mr Vaaghar Davies, and also to the managers of the school for placing the use of the building at the disposal IJI the committee. Among those present west Messrs James Jones, Tyllwyd R Rishards Gwarfelin R Jones, Pale D Jones, Trefedlin John Royle, Penrhiwgoch Lloyd, Brynyrychen John Daniel. Pentrebont; Thomas Evans, 001 merchant; Evan Jones, Tancastell Evan Lewif P.C. Griffiths. Among those who spoke in favot of the movement were Messrs James Joaes, Richards, D Jones, and John Daniel, the latt. speaking from the point of view of the labourin class. ( i