I W N M H MMM BOVRIL i F*% t REPELS a a Skm* xt INFLUENZA.
Aberystwyth Town Council. A meeting of the Aberystwyth Town Council was held on Tuesday at the Council Chamber, Town Hall, when there were present the mayor -(Mr E H James), Councillor R J Jones (ex-mayor), Aldermen Peter Jones. E P Wynne, and W H Palmer, Councillors J P Thomas, Captain D James, W Thomas, T J Samuel, J T Davies, G Fossett Roberts, and R Doughton, with Mr A J Hughes (town clerk), and Mr Rees Jones (borough surveyor.) ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS. A letter was read from Miss Catherine Gilbertson stating she was prepared to accept the terms of the --renewal of the lease of 21, High-street, but desired the Council to give her a little more time if-or re- building, as her tenent claimed a May taking. The letter was referred to the Finance Com- mittee. THE TELEPHONE FOR FIRE ALARMS. A letter was read from Mr D J Lewis, Great Darkgate-street, asking the Council to entertain the application of the National Telephone Company to have the Police Station and honses of the Fire Brigade men connectecilwith the system. Mr Lewis pointed out that the telephone was of some service at the late iire in Terrace-road, as the exchange having been rung up he was the first to arouse the sanitary inspector and others. Mr Samuel thought something had been-done,in this direction already. The Surveyor said the engineer and representa- tives of the National Telephone Company were in town about three weeks ago. They then went into the matter thoroughly, and promised to send him an estimate. Mr R J Jones said the Council bad decided to have communications established between! he Police Stations and residences of the captain of the brigade, the chief engineer, and one or two of the members. These would then be able to summon the other members of the Brigade. Mr W Thomas said the difficu:ty was that some of the firemen might change their residences. Alderman Palmer said in some places there was an electric bell communication with all the fire- men, which was not used for any other purpose. Mr R J Jones—But the difficulty is we don't know how long these fireman will live in their re- spective houses. Mr G Fossett Roberts agreed with Mr R J Jones, and said that was the reason why communications had not yet been established. The Surveyor said he was awaiting the estimate of the National Telephone Company. IThey had decided that the Police Station should be the centre from where an alarm should be sent to the captains residence, who would communicate with the residences of four members of the Brigade. These in turn would call upon the others om their way to the fire. Mr J P Thomas-Do you intend doing away en- tirely with the hooter. The Surveyor-Certainly. Mr J P Tbomas-I think that is uufortunate, because at the last fire some volunteers did very good work: The Surveyor said the intention of these volun- teers might be good, but the result was bad. He would be greatly obliged to them if they kept away. The matter was left in abeyance, pending the reply from the National Telephone Company. FREE DEBRIS. A letter was read from Councillor John Jenkins stating he was quite prepared to allow the Cor- poration to take away debris free of charge from his quarry for the filling up in connection with the Promenade extension works. Mr J P Thomas-Hear, hear. Mr R J Jones-I should think he ought to be. The Clerk said he had also seen Mr Smith, act- ing for Mr Roderick Richards, in reference to get- ting debris from the latter's quarry. Mr Richards was willing to give the debris free of charge, but the removal to be under the supervision of Mr Richards' agent, and subject to the grant of a right of way to Mr Richards over the road at the rear of the Hostel. The Clerk said he had not yet had this undertaking in writing, but when it was received he would submit it to the Public Works Committee. Mr T J Samuel proposed that they accept Mr Jenkins' offer and that the Clerk write thanking him. He thought it would be a great advantage to the town to have this debris. Mr R J Jones: I think it will be a mutual advantage. Mr J P Thomas: I think it will be a greater advantage to the town than to Mr Jenkins. The proposition was agreed to. THE HARBOUR ROAD. A letter was read from Mr Isaac Griffiths, secretary of the Steam Packet Co., drawing atten- tion to the disgraceful state of the road leading from the steamer warehouse. The road was simply impassable, and as the traffic was heavy, he hoped the Council would cause the road to be repaired as Moon as possible. The Clerk said he had seen Mr Frank Pethick, and called his attention to this matter, and he pro- mised to enquire into it. He suggested that much of the difficulty might be removed if the water that accumulated on the side of the rails nearest the quay wall was drained off at various points. He had pointed out that the height of the rails had, no doubt, the effect of keeping the water back, and caused the condition ascribed to the road, and that the Corporation would expect the Company to take some steps to remedy the mischief. Mr W. Thomas thought the road ought to be drained every ten yards or so under the line, to carry the water into the Harbour. The Clerk said he would again write to Mr Pethick on the matter. Mr W Thomas: And in the meantime give the Harbour Committee power to take some action. The Surveyor said the only remedy would be to lower the rails of the railway. The rails were much too high now. The Clerk said he would mention in his letter that the road mtast either be filled up or the rails reduced in height. Alderman Peter Jones said there was a certain responsibility attached to Mr Pethick's Company to put this road in proper condition. He con- sidered it would be well if the Surveyor prepared a requisition giving the improvements which the Council required to be done. They granted the Company leave to lay the railway subject to those conditions. If they did not comply with those conditions, then the Council must take the necessary proceedings to have them enforced. Alderman Peter Jones' proposition having been seconded, was unanimously agreed to. TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE. The Clerk read a letter from the Secretary, General Post Office, applying for the consent of the Council to the erection and maintenance of a line of telegraphs from the boundary of the Cardigan County Council near the Aberystwyth Workhouse to Aberystwyth Post Office. The Postmaster General undertook to make good any damage caused in the execution and the maintenance of the works. The letter was referred to the Public Weeks Committee. Mr R J Jones said he was quite surprised, when informed by Mr Stephens, who had charge of the telephone department of the Post-office, that the trunk line to Aberystwyth would not be established until the end of the present year, whereas he had understood that the whole thing would be com- pleted before next summer. In a letter he received from Mr Deauiss in November, he was told it "would be established before the spring. Mr Stephens also informed him that they were not going to begin the work from both ends simultaneously, although that was the impression of the delegates at the conference. Aberystwyth were the biggest guarantors in the matter and were the first to take the initiative, and he thought they should press upon the authorities to get the connection to Aber- ystwyth completed before the summer. The Clerk was authorised to write, pressing the claims of Aberystwyth in the direction indicated. ACCOMMODATION AT THE HARBOUR. The Clerk reported he bad received a further letter from Mr De Bal, of the Cwmrheidol Mine, with reference to the storage room required by him at Rofawr, j The letter was referred to the Harbour Com- mittee. PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE. Alderman Peter Jones presented the report of this committee, which recommended that the plan of a new house on the site of No. 31, North-parade, for Mr David Lloyd be approved, and also plan of a new house on the site of No. 39, Portland-street for Mr Nelson Nelson. The committee also reported having received tenders for railings for the prom- enade extension, and the tender of Mr David Morgan, at E246 10s, being the lowest, was accepted. Alderman Jones said that since the meeting of the committee he had received a letter from Mr Morgan stating that he withdrew his tender, as one of the members of the Council was connected with his firm, and that member desired that he should not be in any way interested in any tender for goods supplied to the Council. The committee now asked qhatthis matter be referred back, with authority to accept which tender they thought best. Mr J P Thomas seconded, and this was agreed to. The committee recommended that the following goods be purchased from Messrs Pethick Bros :— Eighteen waggons at PZ 15s each and 20 tons of rails at £3 per ton. The report was adopted. WIDENING OF MILL STREET. Capt James informed the Council that Mrs James, Mill-street had now vacated her house, and the Council could proceed with the widening of the road. CONDITION OF TRINITY ROAD. A petition, signed by the residents of Trinity- road and neighbourhood, was read, calling attention to the exceptionally bad state of the roads in that district, which was the cause of much incon- venience, both to the inhabitants and those attending Trinity Church. The petitioners respect- fully asked the Council to have Trinity-road completed in accordance with the resolutions of December, 1898, and April 16th, 1901. Mr J P Thomas moved that the petition be referred to the Public Works Committee for con- sideration and report. Mr W Thomas said he did not think it necessary to refer the matter to committee. The Council had already passed a resolution and it only remained for that resolution to be carried out. The state of the road bad been mentioned to him repeatedly during the past fortnight, and he was told that the vicar and wardens of Trinity Church were put to great inconvenience because of it. He had visited the place, and the chief work required to be done was the macadamising of the road itself. He would propose that the work be carried out at once under the Private Street Works Act. He knew the Surveyor had been busy and would be busy, but he believed he could find a couple of hours to prepare an estimate in this case. Mr R J Jones said the Chairman of the Public Works Committee at the previous meeting gave reasons why the work should be delayed. Alderman Peter Jones said there were some houses in the street in course of erection, and it was felt that rather than have the street cut up a second time it would be preferable if that work could be completod before the Private Street Works Act was put into operation. It would mean double expense to do the work now, and then have the road cut up again for water, drainage, gas, etc. Mr R J Jones—The Gas Company havo done their work. Alderman Peter Jones-But the connections from the mains to the houses will have to be done again, and I understand that Mr Bearne has three more houses to be built. Mr W Thomas said two of Mr Bearne's houses bad been built, and there was only one left. Mr Samuel thought they could proceed with the work as far as Trinity Church. Mr Bearne had only one corner unfinished. The road was really in an awful state, and ought to be done before the summer. There were only two houses where the pavement had not been laid. Captain James said the worst of it was that those who had laid pavements bad to wade through the mud in places -where the pavements had not been laid, to get to their houses. Mr W Thomas said he did not expect the work to be carried through to the extreme end, but he thought it should be done as far as the church. Mr J T Davies seconded Mr Thomas' proposition. Mr J P Thomas thought the residents of this place should be told that if they wanted gas, water, or electric light to their houses they should have it now before the road was made. Mr W Thomas' proposition was unanimously agreed to, and the Surveyor was instructed to serve the necessary notices. DAMAGE AT THE HARBOUR. The Surveyor reported that more damage had bsen done by the storm at the Harbour. He bad a gang of men working there every day, and the temporary work which had been put up was proof against the violence of the seas. Mr R Doughton said it was very essential that tne worK started two years ago snouia be nnisnea. There was a continual scour through the groynes, and if that was stopped, the shingle would not be washed to and fro. The Surveyor said the Council could rest assured that they were now doing the work most urgently needed. i LITIGATION. | The minutes of a meeting of the committee appointed in the matter of the action of the Attorney General v James were presented, in which the Clerk reported upon the position of the action, and that it would come on for trial at the ensuing assizes for Cardiganshire. The committee had given the Clerk authority to take the steps advised by him. PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMITTEE. Mr T J Samuel presented the report of this com- mittee, which stated that the guarantors for the borrower who had not returned the book to the Librarian bad paid the value of the book and the fines accrued for the delay. Also that the U.C.W. Authorities had agreed to co-operate with the Library Committee in the application for the Gilchrist Lectures. The list of new boaks suggested by the Book Committee was read and accepted. The applications for supplying papers for next year (1903) were received. It was resolved to accept that of Messrs Evallls Brothers, and that their accounts be ren- dered monthly. It was resolved to add the "Pilot" to the list of weekly papers. Resolved to grant the sum of ZI 5s towards the fund raised by the sea- faring members of the reading room for the daily supplying of the "Shipping Gazette "for 1903.- Resolved that on and after 1st January, 1903, all readers' tickets must be renewed on production of usual form signed by guarantors, notices to this effect to be printed forthwith and exhibited in the Library and Reading room.—That the offer of the Rev G Eyre Evans to deliver two further lectures on I- Aberystwyth," illustrated with a new series of lantern slides, be gratefully accepted, the Chairman and the Rev G Eyre Erans to arrange the same for a convenient date in February next.—Bills amount- ing to £3 7s 2d, were examined and passed. I FINANCE COMMITTEE. Alderman E P Wynne submitted the report of this committee, which recommended payments I amounting to Z705 7s 6d. Mr R Doughton drew attention to an item of £ 6 5s for income tax in the Harbour fund account. He would like to know how they came to pay income tax on the harbour, when they made no profit out of it. Alderman Peter Jones said the income tax was in respect ofYstrad Meurig quarry, which was included as part of the harbour property. FIRE INSURANCE. Alderman Palmer drew attention to the fact that in new leases granted by the Corporation there was a condition that the Corporation should be men- tioned in the fire insurance. He hoped that when the ground rents were paid that the Borough Accountant would require the fire insurance receipts to be produced. He was afraid that in many of the fire insurance policies the name of the Corporation did not appear. Mr T J Samuel-I don't believe it requires the name of the Corporation. Alderman Palmer reiterated that that was one of the Council's conditions. Mr Samuel-It is not clone. I Alderman Palmer-It ought to be done. The Clerk upheld Alderman Palmer's contention Alderman Palmer said he would propose that a circular be sent to all lessees asking them to insert the name of the Corporation in the fire insurance policies, and that the receipts be presented at the Borough Accountant's office. Mr J P Thomas said be would second that, provided be (lid not stipulate that the receipts be kept by the Corporation, Alderman Palmer said he only wanted to have the receipts presented. Mr W Thomas said the notice could go out with the demand for the ground rent. Alderman Palmer's proposition was then unanim- ously agreed to. LEASES. The Finance Committee recommended the grant- ing of the application of the London and Provincial Bank, Limited, for the lenewal of the lease of their premises at the corner of Terrace-road and North parade also that an extension of time till May 12, 1904, be granted Mr J H Edwards to carry out the conditions attached to the rere.wal of the lease of 5, Corporation-street. The recommendations were agreed to. MAYOR'S SALARY. The agenda contained the following To pass a resolution that £100 be awarded to the Mayor, as remuneration in connection with his office, to enable him to defray expenditure to be incurred during his year of office." The Clerk said the real object of this was to enable the Mayor from time to time to defray the expenses which hitherto had been irregularly met by the Council. For instance, when any hospitality had been shown, the guests had been invited in the name of the Mayor ar,d Corporation, and the charges had come in to the Corporation and been paid irre- gularly, The fact of this resolution being passed would enable the Mayor to extend hospitality whenever it was desired on the part of the Council, and he would, of course, defray the expense. He need hardly say that be believed the usual way was to give the lIIayora certain sumby way of salary, and the Mayor placed it in a special account, and if there was any overplus, it would not be to the advantage of the Mayor It was, really, adopting what was invariably the custom in boroughs situated similarly to Aberystwyth, where so many occasions arose of having to extend hospitality to distinguished visitors, and that duty was increasing year by year as the importance of the town increased, and he hoped the Corporation would approve of the resolution in the words on the agenda. Alderman Peter Jones proposed that the Council approve of the suggestion made by the Clerk. During recent years there had been special occa- sions on which the Mayor had been obliged to incur considerable expense on behalf of the Corporation,and this appeared to him a more courteous way of doing that than having a discussion on each ef these occasions. They antici- pated the opening of the promenade extension and other functions during the present year, and he thought the resolution was essentially necessary in in order to carry into effect what was possibly illegal, or at least sailing very near the wind, in the past. This was an expenditure which he thought they were all agreed must be .ncurred by by a town like Aberystwyth. Mr R J Jones 4sked would it not be pre- ferable to amend nile resolution to some extent, because if they had the opening ot the Promenade extension during the present year he did not think E100 would cover the expenditure which would be incurred by the Mayor. Alderman Peter Jones said there would hardly be any objection to a supplementalvote when such an occasion arose. The Clerk said it would be quite open for the Council to increase the Mayor's salary. Alderman Palmer asked would it not be better to bring this forward when there was something be- fore them. At present there was nothing. When the time came for the opening of the Promenade extension, they could discuss the matter then. He did not believe in granting a certain sum now, and asking no questions till the end of the year, and when the end of the year came to find that E5 had been given to this and P,15 to that. The ratepayers might feel they knew nothing about it. He thought it was better to have the thing open and above board. They gave zElOO to the Mayor, and that was to be spent, but the question was not to come before the Council. Mr R J Jones-Do I understand that Aldermau Palmer is opposing this resolution Alderman Palmer—Yes. Mr R J Jones said Alderman Palmerwas the first man on all occasions to object to any course differ- ent to that now proposed.. Alderman Palmer—1 say we don't want it at present. There is no occasion. Mr R J Jones—If you oppose this resolution I say you are inconsistent with yourself, inasmuch as you oppose the payment of bills whenever they come before the Council. Mr W Thomas said he felt bound to vote for this resolution. In the first place, on the ground of legality, because they bad been called to account repeatedly by Alderman Palmer on the ground of bills having been paid in an irregular way. He would vote for it, however, on the distinct under- standing that none of this £100 was to be paid out in driblets of £ 1 or so as subscriptions. This salary should only be used for special occasions and not handed over to John, or Jane, or anyone else. The Mayor-I won't accept tbis, unless you appoint a committee. Mr W Thomas said that was a question of detail, and he hoped the Mayor would bear in mind that it was not a personal question for him. It was a question of procedure for the Council in future. There wa3 the occasion of the last function, when it came to their knowledge that a Cabinet Minister was coming to Aberystwyth. They had to run about, hold special meetings, and make arrange- ments hurriedly, and he must say the arrangements would have been better bad the Mayor for the time being the authority to carry them out. They must I y not allow these opportunities to slip by, when they knew that other towns competing with Aberystwyth in the matter of Colleges and other matters made much more fuss over the visits of prominent men than they did. He believed also it would be the means of saving money, because these entertain- ments got up suddenly by a committee cost more than they ought to. He knew the value of money having, worked for 2s 3d, 2s 4d, and 2s 6d per day for years, and he would not willingly spend a shilling more than was needed. There was no seconder to Alderman Palmer's proposition, and the recommendation as placed on the agenda by the Clerk was then put to the m eet- ing and carried. RECORD OF MEMBERS' ATTENDANCES. The following is a record of the attendance of Members at Council and CommitteeMeetings during the year ending 31st October, 1902, 'compiled by Alderman C M Williams :— Xfl fcb • » r3 JD cj "3 O O c8 Names of Members of the k § -2 Ja cP4i ,2 Sfc Council. g | g-S fcg" fc « E- It. J. Jones (mayor) 163 99 64 Ald. David Roberts 126 2 124 Ald. Peter Jones 116 81 35 Ald. W. H. Palmer 130 45 85 Ald. E. P. Wynne 159 106 53 Councillors: C. M. Williams 125 117 8 John Jenkins 98 29 69 William Thomas 98 73 25 Robert Daughton 125 57 68 Robert Peake 141 50 91 E. H. James 129 82 47 J. P. Thomas 148 65 83 T. E. Salmon 134 87 47 G. F. Roberts 150 70 80 J. T. Davies 151 110 41 T. J. Samuel 151 137 14
The Temperance Movement CONFERENCE & PUBLIC MEETING. THE NEW LICENSING ACT. A temperance meeting under the auspices of the Lampeter and District Temperance Association, convened for the purpose of discussing the new [ Licensing Act which came into operation on New Year's Day, was held on Wednesday evening in last week. In the afternoon a conference was held at Shiloh Chapel, under the presidency of^the Rev Evan Evans, Soar. Mr J Ernest Lloyd, solicitor, minutely explained the new Act, and emphasized the clauses affecting country districts. Mr Lloyd said Licensing Acts were most complicated. but he would onlv deal with the main clauses, which were in themselves, easily understood. In future it would be as difficult to get a licence for selling intoxicants as for selling gunpowder. If a person was convicted three times within a year, the magistrates had z, power to send such a person to an Inebriates Home, and if a person was found drunk on the highway the police might apprehend him. This in itself was a great improvement, for under the old law the police could only apprehend such person as were drunk and disorderly. When a person was found drunk in a public house or in a building with a child under seven years of age under his care, he might be apprehended and fined a sum of forty shillings. When a person was found drunk on licensed premises the publican might be pro- ceeded against unless he would prove that he had taken all reasonable steps to turn away the drunken person in the absence of proof the police would only have to prove that the man was drunk. The next clause related to judicial separation between husband and wife. Under the old Act, the wife would have to prove that the husband had been euiltv of misconduct, assaults, &c., but this new Act enabled a wife to get a separation order if the man had been called i a habitual drunkard, and a husband could likewise get an order if the wife was convicted. He did not think that that clause would greatly affect this district. Therelwas another clause, however, which might have important results in the district. It stated that if a man had been convicted three times within a year under the Inebriates' Act, the magistrates could authorise the police to advise all the publicans not to supply such a person with drink within three years, and after three years if he got drunk again he would be liable to a fine of twenty shillings. A new register of all ccnvictions was to be made. Under the old system all con- victions against a publican were recorded on licences and lasted for one year only, whereas under the new Act, a record of all convictions for several years will be registered. The iiew Act also removed the disqualification of a magistrate who was interested in the shares of a railway refreshment room, and a petty sessional clerk, who was a solicitor, would not be allowed to be interested in any shares. All transfer of licences and occasional licences shall be granted publicly wheareas hitherto the latter could be granted by a magistrate in his own house. No sessions nor coroner's inquests shall be held in public houses. Another new departure which affected the large towns chiefly, was the registra- tion of all clubs, at which intoxicating liquors were supplied. The public must supply plans of new houses, and alterations. There shall be no screens on the counters and no little holes where a drunken person may be concealed. Concluding, Mr Lloyd said that this Act had now had its hand on the publican, and not the publican on the Act. The Rev Evan Evans, in prcposing a vote of thanks to Mr Lloyd, referred in eulogistic terms to the valuable services the Bryn family had rendered to the temperance cause in the town. The Rev R C Jones seconded.—The delegates from Llanddewibrefi referred to the excellent pro- gress being made by the Temperance party in that village, which bad never before been in such a good state. Young men who once used to lead a drunken life, were now teetotallers, and took an active part in the meetings. The Rev T Eli Evans proposed that they as a Temperance party should pledge themselves to support the police in carrying out this Act. Mr Wm Lloyd seconded, and added that as far as the Lampeter police were concerned he was sure that they woald do all they could to carry out the Act. It was further agreed that the secretary (Rev T LI Roderick) should send a letter to the Chief Constable and the magistrates residing in the dis- trict asking them to support the new' Act, and to use their full power to carry it out successfully. In the evening a public meeting was held at the Soar Chapel, the Rev T T Davies, Rhydybont, presiding over a good audience. The Rev T Eli Evans, in the course of an eloquent address, spoke of the custom of distributing intoxi- cants at the sales and at the harvest, and said it was on such occasions that many a promising young man was first tempted to indulge in this evil. A great many of them went to sales not for the pur- pose of pnrchasing goods, but to get a free drink. The farmers had not yet realised the important fact that they were responsible for the beginning of many a drunken life. This evil first sprung up in the three counties of Cardigan, Carmarthen, and Pembroke, but he was glad to find that there were signs that it was about dying out in the latter county. Its main object was to stir up the bidder so that he might give a high bid for the goods. This, he considered, was one of the greatest evils of the day, and was not a proper way of transacting business. He main- tained it was dishonest, and worse than larceny or burglarly. and no farmer who allowed the practice could profess to be a Christian. (Hear, hear.) The Rev T W Ellis (W) explained the new Act, and commented upon the various clauses,-whilst the Rev E Ungoed Thomas, Carmarthen, also delivered a valuable address. The addresses were listened to with rapt atten- tion, and were highly appreciated. The resolutions adopted at the Conference were put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
LLANDYSSUL. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Wed- nesday, December 31st, before Mr Charles Lloyd (in the chair), Captain Stewart, Mr D J Lloyd, and the Rev fhos Thomas. Drunk on Licensed Premises.—John Williams, Brynllofawr, Llanybyther, was charged by P.C. W G Morgan, with having been drunk on the licensed premises of Penrhiwllyn Inn on December 1st. This being his second offence within the past twelve months, a fine of P.1 and costs was imposed. -P.C. Morgan also charged Rees Lloyd, Pannau- gleision, Caio, a farmer and cattle dealer, with a similar offence and at the same public house, and he was fined 10s and costs. Drunk and Disord,-rly.-For being drunk find disorderly at Llanybyther, James Rogers, Slang, Llandilo, was fined 5s and costs.-P.C. Morgan proved the case. Drunk.—John Jon'es, Reading Room, Llany- bytber, was charged by P.C. Morgan with having been drunk on the highway at Llanybyther, and a fine of 2s 6d and costs was imposed. Uninscribed I-ehicles.-P.C. Morgan, Llany- byther, charged Evan Davies, Tower Farm, Pen- cader, with using a light spring cart with no name painted thereon. The Bench fined the defendant 2s 6d and costs.-P.C, Morgan charged Eleanor Lewis, Rhydyfallen, Pencarreg. with a like offence, and she also was fined 2s 6d and costs. Drunk and Digorderly.-P.C. Lewis, Llandyssul, charged Evan Jones, Capel Cynon, Llandysiliogogo, with having been drunk and disorderly.—Defend- ant was fined 5s and costs. Driinkenness.-P.C. Lewis preferred a charge of drunkenness against Wm Jones, 2, Church-street, Llandyssul, and this having been proved, a fine of 23 6d and costs was inflicted. Unmuzzled Dogs.—Daniel Evans, Glanteifi; Wm Jones, Cefnisaf, Llangeler; and John Lloyd, Tem- perance House, Pencader, were charged by P.C. Lewis, with allowing their dogs to be wnmuzzled on the highway.—Fined 6d each. Extension—Mr A E Smith, Porth Hotel, was granted an hour's extension on the 15th January, Calan Hen day. Sivorn I)t.-P.C. Chailes Chapman, New Court, was sworn in as a constable to do duty in Carmar- thenshire when required. Licensing Day.-Fet)ruary 11th was fixed upon as the date for the renewal of licenses.
LLANILAR. PETTY SESSIONS. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Friday last, before Dr Hughes and Mr T Griffiths. Drunk and Refusing to Quit.—Henry Morgan, Rhiwgoch, Llanrhystyd, farmer, was charged bv -11 P.C. Griffiths, Llanfarian, with having been drunk and disorderly on licensed premises, the Royal Oak Inn, Llanychaiarn, and refusing to quit when re- quested to do so on October 18th. The case bad been adjourned from the previous sessions, the magistrates having -expressed a desire to hear two witnesses, who defendant had subpoened, but who did not attend. These witnesses were again not present, and defendant said he wished to have the case finished with.—The Bench imposed a fine of 10s and costs. Drunk and Disorderly. -John Messer, Gorslwyd, Devil's Bridge, miner, was charged by P.C. Evans with having been drunk and disorderly on the high- way between Pendre and Penlonefedw, Llanfihangel Uppe& on Dec 26th.—The charge having been proved, a fine of 10s and costs was inflicted. Licensinfl.-The licensing day was fixed for Feb- ruary 6th, and the adjourned Licensing Sessions for March 5th.
Cross Inn, Llanon. 0 Bwys i AMAETHWYR. "UNOHONYNT" a ysgrifena --Syr,-Gan wybod am eich parodrwydd bob amser i gynorthwyo yn mhob achos fyddo a'i duedd i lesoli y bobl, yr wyf yn gwneyd cais atoch am ganiatad i ddefnyddio eich papyr hybys i alw sylw at gyfarfod cyhoeddus sydd i'w gynal yn y lie uchod nos Wener nesaf. Cyfarfod ydyw i'r pwrpas arbenig o drafod egwyddorion a manteision mudiad sydd yn hynod o bwrpasol, yn mhob ryw fodd i ddyrchafu'r bobl o ran eu sefyllfa arianol, ac mewn amrywiol ffyrdd eraill. Deallir nad gwneyd haer- iadau heb ffeithiau y tu cefn iddynt ydym y mae'r profion cryfaf dros ddweyd fod y mudiad bwn yn un na cblywyd am ei gyffelyb tuag at ddeffroi dyn- ion i'r gwaith mawr o deimlo dyddordebac i wneud eu goreu dros wella eu hamgylchiadau eu hunain. Adwaenir y mudiad wrth yr enw Cydweithrediad Amaethyddol," ac mae'r enw ar unwaith i bob dyn meddylgar, yn arwyddocaol iawn. Fe deimla pob dyn ystyriol fod rhyw ddaioni mewn mudiad sydd a'i wreiddiau yn blanedig mewn cydweitbrediad dynion a'u gilydd. Rhywbeth sydd yn tueddu i ddwyn dynion at eu gilydd, i feddwl mwy ac yn well am eu gilydd, ac i gynorthwyo y naill a'r llall, yn sicr y mae daioni lawer yn siwr o ddeilliaw o hyn. Mudiad anmholiticaidd anenwadol ydyw; nid yw cwestiynau politicaidd na rhagfarna chulni enwadaeth y dyddiau diweddaf hyn, yn cael lie o'i fewn. Ysbryd eang gwladgarwch ac ysbryd crefydd na wyr am derfynau sect i'w weithgarwch yw ei ysbryd. Arwyddairy mudiad yw—" I'r lan a dyn," bydded y peth a fo o ran daliadau gwleidyddol a chredo crefyddol. Ac mae'r mudiad yn decbreu ar ei waith trwy wella amgylchiadau tymorol y dyn a hon yw'r ffordd, yr unig ffordd wybyddus mewn dau ddadguddiad i'w wella yn mhob gwedd arall. Y cwbl y mae'r mudiad cydweitbredol yn amcanu ato yw, ceisio gollwng y goleuni i mewn; os llwyddir i raddau bychan, clyna'r ewbl wedi ei enill. Y mae darllen banes y mudiad mawr hwn yn yr Iwerddon yn argyboeddi llawer o'r posiblrwydd i ddyrchafu dynion, pan wedi syrthio i gyflwr an- obeitbiol. Gymaint sydd wedi ei wneud yn y wlad hono y mae yn anhawdd dirnad. Mor anhawdd a hyny yw dirnad gymaint y mae pobl, rhai heb un rbaid personol arnynt hwy, yn barod i aberthu dros eu cyd-ddynion a'u gwlad. Nid eu haur a'u barian roddant, ond eu hunain gyda'u heiddo. Gwir yw'r dywediad na raid disgwyl yn hir am ffrwyth i had gwir gariad. Fel hyn y bu yn yr Iwerddon. We], hyn ydyw amcan cyfarfod nos yfory yn Cross Inn- goleuo, dysgu, hyfforddi, ac unrhyw beth dybir, neu a ofynir tuag at sefydlu yn yr ardal gymdeithas gydweithredol. Wrth gwrs, y cyfarfod sydd i ben- derfynu pa un a yw'r gymdogaeth yn barod i fab- wysiadu y mudiad neu beidio. Rhaid i bob un weled drosto ei hun beth ydyw banfod a phrif egwyddor v mudiad. Feb hyny gwell peidioffurfioeymrleittias; diogetatch a doethach yw ares hyd nes y meistrolir egwyddorion sylfaenol y mudiad. I'r amaethwyr y mae'r mucfiad yn fwyaf neillduol-dosbartb sydd wedi gweled ami a blin gystuddiau. ac eto, er wedi eu profi a llawer fflangell, y maent yn fyw eto. Y mae amaethyddiaeth yn gyfryw alwedigaeth ag y y 1!1 mae llwyddiant gwlad yn dibynu yn bollol arni. Yn marn dynion cyfarwydd y mae gwlad yn myn'd i lawr yn mhob ystyr, os yw ei hamaethyddiaeth yn myn'd i lawr. Fel arall, os i'r lan y mae'r alwedig- aeth yn myn'd, i'r lan befyd y mae'r wladyn myn'd. Yn ngwyneb hyn beth dybir o'r dynion hyny deim- lant yn gated ac yn ddidaraw iawn o amaethwyr ac amaethyddiaeth ? Deued pawb i'r cyfarfod, heb wabaniaeth rhyw, oedran, na gwaith.
LLANYBYTHER MINISTERIAL.—The Rev T W Francis of Llan- gendeirne. the newly appointed minister of the Aberduar Baptist Chapel commenced duties on Sunday week. Mr Francis has already won for him- self a host of friends, and the congregation on Sun- day last was very large. THE NEW LICENSING ACT.—The new Licensing Act which came into operation on Thursday last has given rise to much discussion amongst the bibilous fraternity in the village. The Act will no doubt play an important part in the furtherance of the temperance cause in the village. Some good friends of old Bacchus are said to be at their wits end how to escape the trammels of the new law and they declare that they will go solid against a Tory Government next election for placing such awkward fetters on their feet. RAILWAY ACCIDENT.—An accident which re- sulted in the loss of a left arm occurred on Friday afternoon last to young Idris Jones, only son of Mr John Jones, a mason in the employ of the M. and M. Railway Company. Young Idris who is only about seven years of age went to meet the down goods train, and as is too often the practice he went to play about the trucks. However, when near the platform Idris stood on the footboard of the guard's van, which was knocked against by trucks in motion. The lad was thrown off to the rails, the wheels of the van passing over his left arm. Ex-P.C. Bevan who happened to be on the spot ran to the lad's aid and managed to bring him out from be- neath the trucks without further injury. Medical aid was sent for, and Dr E C Thomas and Dr Jones found it necessary to amputate the arm by the elbow. Ihe lad is said to be progressing as favourably as can be expected. Ex-P C. Bevan. deserves great commendation for his prompt action
METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA IN AUSTRALIA. There has been somewhat extraordinary weather in Australia of late, writes a Sydney correspondent. At Albury, h New South Wales, the local police on duty during ,he early hours of the morning, saw a fireball in tht western sky. The phenomenon was of startling brilliancy, illuminating the sky with almost daylight clearness. It proceeded slowly, and th''n appeared to part in two, one portion fall- ing towards the earth, and the other becoming lost in space. The light emitted was of a pale greenish colour, and of blinding brilliancy. At Bendigo, in Victoria,numbets of people saw what they described as a ball of fire, which lit up the city for fully five seconds, and then passed northwards until it appeared to be over a neighbouring township, where it burst and spread into numerous small sparks. In another part of the State a settler and his wifo were returning home in a buggy, when they wit- nessed a bill of fire drop which lighted up the whole neighbourhood. When it reached the ground a blue li £ ht was visible, and afterwards there was a smell of sulphur. The couple received a great fr^ht, while the horses in the buggy became stai, i ed. At the Adelaide Observatory the observers on duty beheli what they described as a brilliant globular liht, having a planetary disc, which appeared in the south-south-east, at an altitude of about 4Edfg. The luminous object moved northwards, passing within 15deg. or 20deg. of the sun. It was srightly visible for about four minutes, and appeared like Venus, when that planet is at its greatest brilliancy soon after sunset. One of the observers watched the visitor's leisured progress across the heavens until, owing to the glare of the sky, it became invisible, at an altitude of about 45deg. above the north horizon. The meteor, there- fore, travelled in full view for 90deg. this con- stituting a record. Two of the other observers said that when the meteoric body was near the prime vertical its fo-n-i changed, and from globular it became elongated, the long axis being south to north, the direction of travel. A fourth observer saw it for about a minute, and in that time it moved through 20cleg. of arc. At Ipswich, Queens- land, during a storm, an aerolite penetrated the roof of a house, itlid exploded with a sound which caused much consternation in dm neighbourhood. At Nyngan, in New South Wales, during the even- ing the residents noticed what appeared to be an enormous volume of white and black smoke, with an apparent red glare shewing through, coming from the south-east. The whole of the sky in that quarter was obscured. As the volume came closer, it was seen to be a dust storm, which is most unusual from that directior. Indoors it became quite dark. The whole town in a few minutes was obscured, persons not being discernible a yard apart. the darkness, with gusts of strong wind, lasted for an hour, with rumbling thunder. Half to one and a- half inches of rain fell in the track of the storm a half to two miles from the boundary of the town, but none in the town itself. Where the rain fell it commingled rith the dust, and became con- verted into showers of mud. The same thing hap- pened in other parts of the State. At Manildra, in the Molong district, hailstones as large as pigeons' eggs fell, and 4in. ?f rain was registered in an hour. Numerous equally remarkable phenomena have been reported from other parts of the Com- monwealth.
PENLLWYN. PROTEST.—Much indignation prevails in this neighbourhood against the Vale of Rheidol Rail- way Company running trains on Sundays. It is to be hoped that the Sunday service of trains will be abandoned. NEW YEAR'S CUSTOMS.—To signify the advent of the New Year ,the time-honoured waits were observed in by the young people of the neighbourhood. Parties were formed and went about the village singing: appropriate tunes. INFLUENZA.—This malady has been rather common in this place during the last few weeks, but fortunately .the cases are not dangerous. Its effect is clearly seen as the congregations of the Sunday and weekly meetings where the seats of many faithful worshippers are vacant. BENEVOLENCE.—There is none who keeps in close touch as regards sympathy and sentiment with his native parish thanPrincipal Prys, M.A., of Trefecca. Last week he sent a handsome gift to his sister, Mrs Morris, Pandy, tor distribution among the deserving cases in this place. It is hardly necessary to add that such timely generosity was much appreciated by the recipients. CHURCH SERVICE.—At 6 p.m on New Year's Day a service was held in Capel Bangor Church. The Goginan choir rendered two special tunes, and the children were catechised in a portion of tho- Scripture by the Rev E J Davies. The Vicar gave a short and appropriate address, in which he urged all those present to faithfulness and purity of life. Mrs Rees and Miss Saycell presided at the organ. After service all the children again assembled at the Schoolroom, where they were presented by the Vicar with oranges &c. Melus moes mwy. TEA PARTY.—Through the generosity of the Vicar the Rev M Morgan, the choir members of the Bangor and Goginan Churches were entertained to a sumptuous tea at the Schoolroom on New Year's Day. At four o'clock in the afternoon close upon one hundred persons sat down to well arranged and attractive tables. Praise is due to the ladies who attended at the tables. They were bent on making each individual as happy as possible; and thanks to their good arrangements, everything passed off without a hitch. They comprised the following ladies-Mrs Rees, Mrs and Miss Burdett, Miss M C Lewis (Tynllidiart), Miss James (Fron), Miss Humphreys, Miss Strickland, and Miss K Leeke. Tea over, the centre of the attraction for the children was the Chrismas tree given through the kindness of Madame De Bal.. After the Christmas tree had been lit up the room presented a charming appearance, the glowing faces of the children being in harmony with the elaborate and tasteful decorations. Every child received a present from the Christmas tree. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Vicar for his kindness, and to the ladies who so ably presided at the tables. ENTERTAINMENT. The annual literary and musical meeting was held at the Board School on New Year's Eve. These meetings have been very popular and have produced excellent results in past years. This year again the meeting reached a high standard, and was as flourishing as ever. The chair was occupied by the Rev D Morgan, while Miss Jennie Jones, A.L.C.M., accompanied, and the secretarial duties were discharged by Mr A J Pierce. Messrs J Morris and G Owen, B.A., acted as adjudicators. The competitions which formed part of the programme were not so well contested as in previous years. All the artistes sustained their high reputation, and the meeting was a success in every respect. The programme was as follows :-Song, Lizzie James, Penlon recitation, "Merch y Aleddwyn," Annie M.Thomas; pianoforte solo, Miss Jones, the accompanist; quartette, i" Bwthyn ar y Bryn," Misses M Hughes, M Edwards, Messrs J Hughes and E D Morgan; recitation, Bedd fy Mam," Johnnie J Hughes; song, Gwlad y Delvn," Mr David 0 Morris; competition, Spelling Bee," (1) Tom Griffiths, (2) Mary Jones, (3) Jane Humphreys pianoforte duett, Ivor P Morris and Olwen Morris recitation," Yn Swn y Gyfeddach," Miss Mary E Parry competition, best recitation of verses by a class of children, (1) the class of children which included Getta J Morgan, Lizzie Humphreys, Blodwen Vaughan, Ellen James, and Annie M Thomas glee, Clychau Aberdyfi." Ladies" Party conducted by Mrs Williams, Nlinavon song, "Neges y Blodeuyn," Miss Mary Hughes; dialogue, which was splepdidly performed by Misses Gwladys J Adams, Mary E Parry, Annie M James, and Mary E Williams quartette, Gawn ni Gwrdd yn y Nef," Messrs Isaac Jones, John Edwards, Misses Margaret Edwards and Jennie Jones; dialogue, "Sut Fechgyn leuainc Wnant Wyr Da," Misses Jennie Jones, Glanrheidol, and Margaret Edwards song, Anturiaf," Miss Kate Pierce (Llinos Rheidol); recitation, Addoli Saesneg," Mr Tom Griffiths; duett, Ac yr Oedd yn y Wlad Hono," Miss M Hughes and J Hughes competition, Naming the Books of the Old Testa- ment in order," prize given by Mr J Edwards, Dol- pandy, (1) Mr J Edwards, Penllwyn Cottage, (2) Miss K Pugh; song, Y Gardotes Fach," Miss Gwladys J Adams competition, Best Wit," Mr J Edwards and Tom Griffiths, equal; octette, Tany- castell," Party led by Mr J Hughes; recitation, "Yn yr Ystorm," Mr W H Morris dialogue, Sufc Ferched leuainc Wnant Gartref Dedwydd," Mr A J Pierce and Mr E D Morgan; glee, Daw yr Haf," Mr Isaac Jones and party. Votes of thanks were proposed by Mr J. Morris and seconded by the Chairman to those that had taken part in the meeting and to all concerned, which was carried amid cheers. The meeting was brought to a close I z, by the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," solo being taken by Miss K Pierce.
CWMERJFYN. DYDD CALAN.—Fe fu boneddigesau caredig Capel Siloa yn rhoddi gwledd o de i blant a phobl y capel a'r ardal Dydd Calan. Daeth lluaws i'r wledd, ac fe gawsant eu diwallu. Hefyd bu Master Gwilym Davies, Cwmerfyn, yn rhoddi eur- afalau i'r plant. Yn yr hwyr cynhaliwyd cyfarfod adloniadol. Llywyddwyd gan Mr John James, I Llety Spence, ac arweiniwyd gan y Parch D C Davies beirniadwyd y gerddoriaeth gan Mr M. H.. Evans, Penbryn, Goginan, a'r amrywiaeth gan Mr J James, U.C.W., Llwyn, Cwmerfyn. Cafwyd an- erchiadau gan y Parch D C Davies, Mr Thos James, Llwyn, a Mr Hugh Lewis, Moelbien. Yr oedd y rhaglen fel y canlyn Unawd i fachgen dan 14 oed, Master Lewis James, Llety Spence; unawd i ferch dan 14 oed, Miss Mary L Hopkins, Cwmerfyn; can, Mr James Davies, Cwmerfyn; adroddiad Miss Bess A Davies, Cwmerfyn darllen difyfyr, goreu, Mr Hugh Lewis, Moelbren; unawd i ferched, "Dim ond deilen," Miss E James, Llety Spence; can sran Miss M Evans, Penbryn; deuawd gan Miss M J Jones a Miss M J Richards, Goginan: unawd bari- tone, Gyda'r Iesu," Mr Edward Owen, Penybont; am y llawyss-rif oreu i blant don 12 oed, Miss Sarah Hopkins, Cwmerfyn; ton ddifyfyr, Mr Wm J DaTies, Cwmerfyn pedwarawd, parti o Cwmerfyn; ad- roddiad gan Miss M J Morgan, Cwmerfyn: am y ffraetheb oreu, Miss M J Morgan, Cwmerfyn; can gan Mr H M Evans, Penbryn; can gan Mr E Owen, Penybont; adroddiad gan Mr Llewelyn Davies, Cwmerfyn; can gan Mr Jas Davies, Cwmerfyn; can gan Mr E Owen, Penybont. Ar ol y diolchiad- au arferol diweddwyd y cyfarfod trwy i Mr Jas Davies ganu Hen Wlad fy Nbadau." Ysgrifen-, ydd y cyfarfod oedd Mr John James, Llety Spence.
The New Licensing Act. [To the Editor of the Welsh Gazette.] Sir.-The new Licensing Act which cane into force on January 1st contains very drastij measures for the punishment of drunkards, anI should therefore lead to special efforts for their re clamation. It is true that drunkenness is a sin and a crime, but it is equally true that it is a disease, and in many cases it is a disease which has been un- wittingly contracted by its victim owing to the deceptive nature of alcohol, and this side of the case needs to be emphasised at this juncture. Of late years considerable attention has been devoted to the treatment of those who are afflicted with the craving for strong drink, and legislation has given to our municipal authorities the power to provide institutions for inebriates. Now the un- doubted effect of the new Licensing Act will be to demand a more extensive exercise of these powers and an increase of asylums throughout the country for the detention of drunkards. The official report of Dr Welsh Branthwaite, in- spector under the Inebriates Act to the Home Office recently issued, will doubtless also create in- creased interest in the question of inebriate homes. In view of these facts will you kindly allow me through your columns, to draw attention to a most important matter relating to the subject. I am certain that the expense and trouble of keeping those who suffer from the drink crave away from the drink does not result in the recla- mation of any large proportion of the victims. I helieve there are only two certain remedies- one is an absolute emancipation of the individual by the power of the Divine grace resulting in a transformed life, and the other an eradication of the drink crave. It must be perfectly clear that the minds of many victims are, by the very demoralisation caused by the drink, rendered insusceptible to religious influ- ences. and meanwhile can onlv therefore be saved by physical means. It is in behalf of this class that I desire to submit a suggestion. Several years ago when on tour abroad, I formed an influential committee to investigae the I- Bi- chloride of Gold Cure," for the drink crave, and as the outcome of that investigation I am prepared to assert that by this specific remedy a drunkard may be absolutely cured of the desire for drink without putting forth the slightest effert of his own. except the mere willingness to submit to the treatment. This cure has now been introduced into England, but as at present practised it is only within the reach of well-to-do persons. I have however had considerable correspondence and personal inter- views with the managers, and learn that they would be glad to consider any arrangement by which poor persons could also benefit by the cure or by which the cure could be introduced into the Inebriate Asylums of the country. The amount at present spent in the vain and futile endeavour to reclaim inebriates by simply shutting them away from the drink is enormous, not merely in the expense of board and lodging for twelve or eighteen months as the case may be, but also in the consequent loss of their services to the community during the lengthy term of their detention. Now this would be avoided by adopting the cure to which I have re- ferred, as in about one month they would be fitted to resume their ordinary avocation in a state of re- stored health, and with immunity from the tempta- tion to indulge in alcoholic liquors. The cure is also efficacious in the case of those addicted to morphia or other drugs, which result in an even more terrible enslavement than alcohol. In order to anticipate the thoughts of these un- fortunate people whose minds are so constituted that they invariably suppose when a person makes such a suggestion as mine that he has some personal interest to serve, I may say that I am not in any way associated with those who administer this cure, and I have no financial interest whatever in the promotion of it, but simply the deep interest which one naturally feels in making known to the un- fortunate victims of this awful craving, the means available for their emancipation. I may add that those who administer the cure in this country court investigation, and it seems to me to be the bounden duty of philanthropists to in- stitute a thorough enquiry into the matter and make a pronouncement upon it, for it is a terrible thought that thousands of drunkards are perishing, some from lack of knowledge, and others for lack of funds to avail themselves of this really wonderful cure, and I thank you in anticipation foi kindly allowing me to bring it under the notice of the public. I shall be pleased to answer any enquiries on the subject. Yours faithfully, E. TENNYSON SMITH, Holmleigh," Leonard-road, Handsworth, Birmingham, December 29th, 1902-.
PENMORFA. CONCBRT.—A very successful concert was held at the chapel on Boxing night. The chair was ccupied by Mr D H Davies, Parcybrag, the duties of conductor being undertaken by Mr G J Parry, Ferndale, who did his work exoellently. The pro- gramme was as follows :—Song by the school children Awn awn i chwareu song, Sons of the Empire" on the gramophone song by the school children Myn'd i'r Ysgol" duett, Messrs Teify Davies and Griff Jones, Gwynfro; song, Motherland," on gramophone; song by children, The Miller" part song by Ladies' Choir, Llwyn Onn <song, Hen bennill adroddai fy nhad," Vliss Gwladys Thomas, Cwmceilog song, Rock If Ages," on the gramophone song, Glory be to •rod," Miss Rachel Phillips duett," Paradwys y lardd," Miss Williams and Mr J Davies, Fronlas s,ng by school children, Ar ol bod yn cbwareu smg, Mr Griff Jones; songs on gramophone, "Nazareth" and Bugail Hafod y Cwm"; song, "Merch y Cadben," Mr Teify Davies song by school children Burlesque Band song, Death ofNelson," Mr Teify Davies song on gramophone, !()Iy City duett, Lle treigla'r Caveri," Mr T Joies, Glyn, and Mr T James, Capel Gwnda song, (lyda'r Mawr," Miss Rachel Phillips part song, 4' 1elyn fy Ng wlad" Ladies' Choir; song, Miss R Philips Male Voice Party," 0 mor beryny man," cotfiucted by Mr G J Parry, Ferndale. A vote of thaiks to the Chairman was proposed by Mr G Daves, Alltcordde, and seconded by Mr D E Thomas. Great'praise is due to those artistes who gavetheir services free, and also to Mr DE Thomas the secretary, who bad previonsly worked hard to ensuis a good concert. The proceedings were brougit to a close by the singing of the Welsh Natioial Anthem. The proceeds are to be devoted towarls getting a library for the school children.
DRUNKEN JURYMEN. At Lhierick Quarter Sessions Judge Adams stopped the triai of a case owing to one of the jury being under tie influence of drink. A s^coid case was postponed from Saturday till Monday, the Crown Solicitor (Mr. Leahy) fearing that it Mould not be possible to obtain a' sufficient number (f sober jurors that evening. Judge Adams said thatthe grand jurors of the county were drawn from a respectable farming class. It was a scandal to see so nany of them coming into court under the influence )f drink. Ireland could not be what she ought to le while such disgraceful incidents took place. Mr. Lealy afterwards stated that three of the jurors had been arrested that evening for drunken- ness.
One consequence of the Belgian anti-gambling law is that even the game of loto has been pro- hibited in the fishermen's public-houses at Blanken- berghe, near Ostend.
ELECTROCUTED BY ACCIDENT. The inquiry into the circumstances attending the deaths of the two men, William Brown, a mechanical engineer, of North End-road, Fulham, and William Arthur Line, a caretaker, of Lillie Mansions, who died from electric shocks whilst having slipper baths at the Fulham Public Baths, Walham-green, on the Tuesday before Christmas, has been concluded. The evidence shewed that Line climbed on his bath to call the attendant, and, catching hold of the galvanised iron railing at the top, received an electric shock. Other bathers, attracted by the screams, climbed up to look over the top of the front partitions, and also received a shock. The mau Brown was subsequently found dead. Mr. Gilbert Scott Ram, H.M. Electrical Inspector, who attended for the Home Office, said he had examined the place, and formed the opinion that the accident was due to insufficient earthing. It was not properly earthed from an electrician's point of view, or in accordance with the Phoenix regula- tions. There was no deliberate earthing; it miglit have been accidental. As this case had received soj much attention, he hoped it would not cause alarm amongst those who had electric light in their houses; but in houses thev were cased in wood, which was almost a non-cofiductor. In answer to further questions, Mr. Ham said it would be better in all s\ach institutions if the pipes were out of reach of the public, and if the partitions had been 10ft. high this could not have happened, The coroner summed up the evidence, and oven- tually the jury returned the following verdict: "Accidental death from an electrical shock, owing to faulty design and construction of the electric "Accidental death from an electrical shock, owing to faulty design and construction of the electric installation, but we are unable to say on whom the blame rests." Mr. Prescott, town clerk, said that Jr. Mcdhurst had been authorised to make a complete examina- tion of the baths, and to do what was necessary to make them absolutely safe in every way.
RICHMOND JEWELLERY ROBBERY At the Richmond Police-court, on Monday, Joseph Guizard, described as a diamond merchant, of Parkholme-road, Dalston, was charged with break- ing and entering 55 and 56, George-street, Rich- mond, on December 19th, and stealing jewc);. ry valued at L800. He was also charged with receiving the same, well knowing it to have been stolen.— Mr. Courlander, the occupier of the premises, gave evidence as to finding his premises broken open and a number of valuables stolen.-Detective-inspecf)r Scott deposed to arresting the prisoner at Hounds- ditch on Sunday. He first asked him to give an account of a bracelet he had sold. Prisoner said that three or four Sundays ago a man about his own stamp offered it to him in exchange for a ring, and they made a deal. Mr. Courlander identified the bracelet as his property. Nothing relating to the charge was found on prisoner when charged. Prisoner was what was termed a street dealer, con- ducting his business in the streets.—A remand was granted.
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YSBYTTY YSTWYTH. FRONGOCH MINES--Much concern is being feW at the partial stoppage of work at these mines.- Affording as they do employment for several hundred men, they have been of inestimable benefit in reviving an industry which bad been in a lauguishing state for several years. About a fort- night ago, seventy of the miners were discharged, and these were torccd to seek employment else- where. The majority, we are glad to learn, har« obtained work, having been taken on by Mr De I Bal at the Cwmrbeidol Mine.
THE MOORISH CRISIS. EUROPEAN OFFICERS MISSING. A despatch has been received in Paris from Tangier, announcing that the Italian Colonel, F'rrata, and a French Colonel, who started on December ?9ih from Tangier to Fez, have disap- peared. It is feared that they have fallen into the 'iaii(I nanrls of the rebels. The French Colonel was being sent on a special mission to the Saltan. BRITISH SUBJECTS ORDERED TO THE COAST. Renter' Agency i;> informed that letters, dated Tangier, December 29th, announce that Kaid Sir Harry Maclean had just arrived at that place from FlZ. The reason of Ins sudden return is not stated, but it is to be remembered that he only arrived from England a short while previously, and started immediately up country. The letters add that on the previous day, Sir Arthur Nicolson, the British Minister at Tangier, had sent despatch runners to Marakesh, Alcozar, Tetwan, and Fez to tell all British subjects to come down to the coast. A !ctter had been received at Tangier from Mr. Madecd, tho Hritish Vice-Consul at Ft z, stating that he would scud down the English ladies if he thought it necessary. This note was despatched before Sir Arthur JN'icolson's special runners would have arrived. THE SULTAN'S ASTUTE MOVE j Official information received at Tangier, from Fez states that the Sultan has just taken a step which will have a great effect, and shews his energetic character and intelligence. He has caused to be brought from his place of imprisonment at Mequinez, his elder brother, Muley Mahomed, the very person-- age whom the Pretended alleged that he wished to place on the Throne. The Sultan made his formal entry into Fez. and was acclaimed by the populace, and after a public reconciliation with his brother, his Shereefian Majesty, installed in his palace, announced that he appointed his brother Governor of the province of Fez, thus disposing for the time being of the reports relative to the aspirations to the Throne of Muley Mahomed. As the result oF this astute act the tribes in the Fez district have come, in to swear fidelity to the Sultan, declaring that Bou Hamara was an impostor, and that they would bar his way to Fez. The immediate danger which threatened Fez has, therefore, disappeared. All the roads from the const to Fez are open. FLIGHT OF BOU HAMARA. According to official information received at Tangier from Fez, the agitator, Bou Hamara, instead of taking advantage of his victory over the Sultan's troops, unexpectedly took the road back to Taza, after haying been abandoned by the Hi;iini tribe, who retired in order to deposit their booty ia a safe place.
Dr Pye H. Chavasse and other physicians having prescribed Robinson's Patent Barley with which to dilute milk for infants' food, it has been used in the Royal nnrseries of this country and on theConlinen many of the Royal children owing their stamina to this preparation. Messrs Keen, Robinson and Co.'s Royal appointments commence with that of King k William IV.,and include that to our present King.-» The Daily Telegraph (London).