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< ABEKYSTWYTH. SUNDAY NEXT the pulpit of the English Presby- terian Church will be occupie ) by Professor Edward Anw) i. PERSONAL. — III.- NIIIM ic.;s friends will be glad to learn tliat Principal Roberts, who is in Switzer- land recuperating his health, is making satisfactory progress. THE PULPIT of the English Congregational Church was occupied on Sunday evening by the Rev A Wynne Thomas, who had an exceptionally large congregation, the chapel being quite full. r" Civr*1 TUP STRP• r-;ore Pit are being 111 xevraw-s a-i, and li.e carriage way disturbed. When is such treatment of the public stroets to end ? SCHOLASIIC.—Mr Gwilym A Edwards, of the 1 Universi" O!IT" Abcrvstwrtb, has been elected to tk Meyrick Exhibition for Classics, of the value of College, Oxford, and Mr Griffith Hut>hp«, also of the U.C.W., to one or £30, at the saut- foundation. ABERYSTWYTH PRINTED BOOKS are gradually coming to liuht. This week we print in our "Cymru Fu" column, the titles and other particul- ars of sever*! v men have been found in the Swan- sea|Library. Some of them date from 1810,the year after the first printing press was set up in the town. THE AWTVTCWSAHY SERVICES of the Welsh Methodises m London were held cn Sunday and Monday evening when tl Ri'v P J Rees, of Aber- ystwyth, and the Rev John Williams, of Princes- road, Liverpool, officiated. Mr Rees was in early youth a member of the church at New Jewin, where his talher, Mro John Rees, is now one of the senior deacons YSTWYTH LODGE.—This Lodge held its weekly meeting ai, the Progress Hall, on Friday night. The programme for the evening was as follows:— pianoforte sole, Sister Rosie Jones, song. Brother D L William*, recitation Brother Tommy Jones, song Sister Lizzie Williams, recitation Sister JSmily Jones, speech Brother Richard Jones. SOCIAL GATHKUXC.—At the Presbyterian Lec- ture Hall,"on Thursday evening,there was a "social under the auspices of the Literary and Debating Society. Two prizes were given for the best guess- ing of names of books from extracts. The first prize was won by Miss Harding, and the second by Miss Lottie Jones Afterwards refreshments were served and games played. A very enjoyable evening was spent. THE CASTLE now carefully stored in the Public Library, under glass, were examined last Thursday by Mr Harold Hughes, F.K.I.B.A., Bangor, who spent some hours in measuring and drawing some of the objects, with the view to giving as correct a description as may be possible of the interesting stones, cannon balls, kc. In due course labels will be attached to the articles in the case, for the edification of visitors and residents. N.S.P.C. — During the quarter ended 31st December. 1903, the Oswestry, Montgomeryshire, and Aberystwyth Branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children inquired into 30 complaints, of which 28 cases were found to be true, and affected the welfare of 81 children. There were 3S offenders. Action was taken as follows — Warnings were given in 24 cases: 2 cases were dealt with by transfer, &c" and 4 cases were found to be of such a gr-ss nature as to necessitate prosecution. The Society's Inspector made 180 visits of supervision 1 of the children died before or during inquiry. PLASCRUG — One wonders how long is this favourite walk to oe neglected by the TownCour.cil. A short time ago it. was shorn of its carpet of greensward. The folly of this was pointed out at the time and the result which was then predicted has come about—that portion from which the turf was removed is now the worst »ndmos forsaken of all It is neither a clean path nor a grassy lawn. The turf was not removed without much expense and to what purpose ? Why not plant this portion of the £ rr>ad with ornamental shrubs. at considerate distances ? Plascrug could be made much more attractive at but very little expense. YOUNG HELPERS' LEAGUE.—A meeting of the members of the Young Helpers' League (Dr BarnardcO held last Thursday afternoon in the Congregational Scltoohoorr, under the presidency of Mrs Morgan, Xantcaerio. The Committee and about thirty young helpers were entertained to tea by the following ladies—Mrs Arthur Hughes, Mrs E H James, Mrs Darlington. Mrs White, Mrs Morgan L -wis, and Jessie Roberts. After tea the children's collecting boxes were opened by Mrs Angus (treasurer), the contents of which reached a very satisfactory sum, promising well for the future of the league, feeveral new members joined and the meeting altogether was a most successful or*. FANCY AND IMAGINATION.—At the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evenit.g week last, the Rev A Wynne Thomas delivered a lecture on "Fancy and Imagination," a study in the poets. The Rev T Mortimer Green occupied the chair. Mr Thomas said that he had tai-o-n a very wide text and no one would be able to accuse him of wandering off his subject. In his introductory remarks he said that be would allow the poets to speak for themselves. No one, he said, could understand a poem until they had learnt tt. Many people asked poets what they meant by such and such a line. If the poets could have said what they had to say in a simpler manner they would have done so. Mr Thomas then recited several poems by Wordsworth, Shelley and others. The lecture was tuuch appreciated. A CREDITABLE IMPROVEMENT.—Now that the hoarding of the new premises opposite the Railway Station have been removed the spectator is given a full view of the front elevation of these new buildings, and he must be a fastidious critic indeed if the marked improvement made here fails to win his appreciation. The blind wall and the small wooden shanties-which immediately greeted the stranger as he made his exit from the station—are gone, and in their place there now stands a noble pile which cannot fail to give the visitor a pleasing first impression of the town. One of the most marked effects of these new premises is that they throw the Station completely out of harmony with its surronndings. It is to be hoped that the Rail- way Company will not tarry long before erecting a new building, or giving the present one a new and better frontage. NATIONAL SCHOOL.—The following is a copy of bis Majesty's Inspector's report upon the Infants department for the past school yearThe Infants' School is industriously conducted and the children are creditably advanced in their work." The Annual Government Report for the year 1903 was received on Monday and shows that the high- est grants have been awarded as usuaL The fol- lowing extract refers to the work of the scholars during the year ending November 50th, 1903: The order and tone are very pleasing, the teaching is methodically and carefully given, and the effic ency of the school is well maintained. Greater evenness might be expected in some of the subjects of in- struction. The fourth standard has been very well taught by Miss Collins. The first and fifth stan- dards are taught mainly by two pupil trachers. An additional assistant might with advantage be appointed in order to allow the pupil teachers more time for private study." The headmaster is Mr T Ainsleigh Jones. NORTH CARDIGANSHIRE TEACHERS ASSOCIA- TION. — The quarterly meeting of the above Association was held at Aberystwytb on Saturday, when there was a large attendance of teacher., Mr D Samuel, M.A., presided. MrlD J Saer, the retiring secretary, gave a report of the year's work, and pointed out that the membership of the Association had nearly doubled during the last seven years. The following ofticers were elected -Vice-presirlent; Mr T Richards. Devil's Bridge; secretalj and treasurer, Mr W P Elwy Jones, Cwm- padara representatives on the Council and the County Association, Mr H H Herring, Mr W P Elwy Jones, and Mr D JSaer. Miss Charles, Cwa- padarn, was re-elected secretary of the Benevolent and Orphan funds, and Mr R R Davies president — Mr D J Saer gave an address on the co-ordination of curricula in primary and secondary schools, which led to a good discussion on the teaching of Welsh and modem languages. The management of subjects for discussion at Portsmouth Conference was left in the bands of the local committee. Miss Brant, Mr R R Davies, and Mr W Hamer were elected representatives of the Association at the Portsmouth Conference. Two new members were elected at the meeting. "REMINISCENCES OF THE BOER WAR" was the subject of an interesting address given at the Buarth Hall on Wednesday evening by Dr Owen Williams of Tre'rddol. Captain McGildowney, who presided, made some appropriate remarks in introducing the lecturer. In the course of his address, Dr Williams related his experiences in South Africa at one of the most stirring and critical times 10 the history of the Dark Continent. A medical man by profession and a keen observer, Dr Williams did not return from the scene of the great war without having gained a vast amount of knowledge of men and things. His remarks were followed wirh keen intere:it;by the audience. At the close, Mr W H Colby proposed and Mr J E Sparrow seconded a cordial vote of thanks to Dr Williams for his lucid and entertaining address. In acknowledging the vote of thanks, Dr Williams said that be feared his address fell at a somewhat inopportune moment in view of the fact that they had only the previous day opened a fine new Drill Hall at that town and that rumours of war came upon us daiiy the Far East and that con- scription was boded by some even for our own country. He. however, did not think that con- scription would be needed. The volunteer system ,J •ppleme-ted with rifle dUN, would be ample to meet all 11 uuire/ucnts. Archdeacon Williams pro- posed anti Dr Williams seconded a hearty vote cf tbanks to Captain McGildowney for presiding. MUTUAL ADMIRATION.—The Mayor and Lord I anley have exchanged photos and thereby hangs a.4pretty tale The Mayo," it is said, get th, br>< £ in. CHURCH NEWS.—The benefice of Llanfihangel G^neu r Glvn, Cardiganshire, has been offered hv the Bishop of St. Da rid*s to the Rev Z. M. Davies, vicar ot Blaenpenal, who has accepted it. PROFESSOR C H. HERFORD will visit Aberys- twytb on Friday, and will give a lecture at the College in the evening on Some women of the Icelandic sagas." An announcement will be found in our advertising ooluruns. TW COI-rCrE ENTRAN^F HALL has iust been further adorned by placing there, on its pedestal, the replica of the statue of the late Mr T. E. Ellis, M.P., the original of which was lately unveiled at Bala by Mr John Morley, M.P. This is the first statue of a former student of the College to be er- ected within the precincts of bis alma mater. RAILWAY NEWS.—The travelling public will re- gret to learn that the oldest guard on the Cam- brian Railway, Mr Davu Jones, is lying seriously ill at his house in Aberystwyth. He is one of the best known and popular figures on the line, and as proof of the esteem in which he is held it may be stated that Mr Denniss, the general manager, i exceedingly kind to, and solicitors for his welfare during his indisposition. A BARRIER, well nigh impassable bv foot-passen- gers, has been placed by the Cambrian Railway Companies, on the road through its yard to the goods offices and warehouse a.t Aberystwyth. A thick coating of metal has been laid on the road, and left, unrolled. It is with the greatest difficulty that the public can now walk ever it to transact- their business whilst for horses with heavy loads, the strain must be great. Cannot a steam roller be hired to do duty in this matter ? ALFRED PLACE ENGLISH BAPTIST CHURCH.— On Wednesday, January 13th, a tea and Christmas Tree were given to all the members of the Sunday School together with the parents and friends. The tea was the kind gift of the Misses Owen, Maesyr- hedydd, and the Christmas Tree was presented by Mr and Mrs David Howell, of Cwm. The presents for the Tree were subscribed for by members of the church and congregation. About 150 were present at tea, after which the children formed a ring round the Tree and sang a carol, while it was being lighted up by Professor Angus, who had most kindly superintended the dressing of it. prev- iously. The superintendent ot the Sunday School, Mr T. H. Edwards, dressed in the garb of Father Christmas then entered the room, and much to the delight of the children presented a gift to each one. After a happy time spent in the enjoyment of toys, crackers and games, a very pleasant evening was brought to a close at 8 o'clock by the singing of the doxology, the benediction being pronounced by the pastor, the Rev T. Williams, B.A. PETTY SESSIONS. The weekly Petty Sessions were held on Wednesday at the Town Hall, before the Mayor (Mr. Isaac Hopkins), Mr. R. J. Jones, Mr J Watkins, Mr Geo. Davis, and Mr. C. M. Williams. Alleged Theft.—Samuel Arthur, Chaly- beate-street, was charged by Henry Warwick Newtown, Cambrian Railways inspector, with stealing apples, value 3d. the property of the Cambrian Railway Company at the good s warehouse on December 30th. Mr. S. Pryce Parry appeared for the presecution and Mr. W. P. Owen for the defence. At Mr Owen's request, all witnesses were ord- ered out of court. Mr Parry explained that defendant had been in the employ of the Cambrian Railway Company for about 12 months.—Harry Wynne, watchman on the Cambrian Railway, said he re- ceived instructions on the 29th December to go to Aberystwyth to watch the move- ments of the men in the warehouse. He entered the warehouse at 5.30 a.m. on the 30th of December. At 9.35 am he saw Arthur remove a portion of the head of a barrel of apples, and take two apples out, and place them in his pocket. At 10.15 a. m. he again, wentto the same barrel, and removing the head took another apple. He (witness) came out from where he was watching, and charged him with taking the three apples. He replied that he only took one. He then took him to Mr. Thomas, the stationmaster, and having related the facts to him. accused admitted to Mr Thomas having taken one apple.—Cross-examined He was a kind of policeman on the railway. —Mr Owen: Am I to understand that the barrel was a bait, and that you were the fisherman?—-Witness: I did not understand it was a bait in any way. There were two barrels, one containing onions and the other apples.—Witness continued to say that he bad not examined the barrel, and could not say whether it had a label on. It was what was known as a loose order, and had been refused in the town. He would not be Bur- prised to hear that Mr. Ellis the goods fore- man, had told defendant that the apples were to be sold among the men employed at the warehouse. It was the custom to do so when goods were refused and returned to the warehouse. The man had now been sus- pended for three .weeks, and the Cambrian Railway Company had five days' pay in hand He was not aware that accused had been four years a warder at Winston Green Pri- son, Birmingham, and had come to Oswes- try with a good characted. There were orchards at Oswestry, and no doubt he (wit- ness) had taken an apple or two in his youth, and did not think he was stealing.—In reply to the Bench: He did not interfere and charge the defendant after he saw him take the first two apples. He was concealed about six or seven yards from the barrel. He remained watching till about 2.30 p.m.— James A Thomas, stationmaster, said the barrel of apples had been consigned to some one on the Buarth. It had not been deliver- ed. They had been asked to keep it back for a day or two for the convenience of the consignee. At his instigation Wynne was put to watch in the warehouse on December 30th. About 2.0 p.m. Wynne came to him and stated that defendant had been to the barrel on two occasions, and had taken two apples the first time and one the second. Arthur admitted taking one apple, but not two, and asked him to make the case as favourable as he could. He suspended ac- cused in the evening.—Cross-examined: The apples had since been delivered to the con- signee He believed it was a person named Hughes, living on the Buarth. He was sure Ellis had not said that these apples were to be sold amongst the men.—By Mr J. Wat- kins When the barrel was delivered the1 Company made no allowance for the apples taken.—Mr. Owen contended that it had not been shown that the apples were the pro- perty of the Cambrian Railway Company on the date in question, and it had not been proved that anyorifc had lost anything. Mr. Owen also asserted that it was the custom to sell loose orders of this kind amongst the employees, and Arthur had been told by Ellis, the foreman, that it would be done in this case. He had then gone to sample the apples, to see whether he would buy any for his little boy.—Ihe Bench decided to hear the evidence for the defence, and accused elected to be dealt with summarily. He said he was 31 years of age, and was em- ployed at a weekly wage of 17s. Oii- the afternoon of the 29th December. Ellis, the foreman, told him that the barrel of apples was likely to be sold amongst the employees. He took one apple to take to his wife, in- tending to make a ptn-chase. He told Mr. Thomas, the stationmaster, that when he saw him in the evening.—Croiss-examined: He intended buying a few pounds of apples. He knew of other things having been sold, but had never bought anything. It was not necessary to remove the head of the barrel, as the apples were exposed. He told Mr. Thomas that it would not have happened if Ellis, the foreman, had not told him that the apples were to be sold.—Mr. Thomas, recalled, said defendant did not make that statement.—The case was dismissed. DEATH OF THE REV. D. R. WILLIAMS. We regret to announce the death of the Rev. D. R. Williams, pastor of Salem Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church, which took place at his residence, Aelybryn, Lisburne- terrace, on Tuesday morning, at the age of 55 years. The rev. gentleman was taken unwell on Friday, the Sth inst. Up to that time he had been in his usual health,, except that on the previous evening, at the church meeting where he spoke with extraordinary force an unction, he was noticed to be very pallid in countenance. On the Friday he was taken seriously ill, and his condition be- came a cause of anxiety to his family and friends. A doctor was called in, and in the course of a few days a second medical man was summoned for consultation. A little later Dr. Gamgee, a Birmingham specialist, was telegraphed for. He pronounced that everything had been done by the local medi- cal men that was possible.. but he feared to perform an operation. The patient began to sink, and though he was cheerful during the first week of His illness and expected to get better, on Sunday he began to feel that the end was near. He calld for the deacons of Salem Chapel, and gave them his parting farewell. He passed away at six o'clock on Tuesday morning, and the news of his death was received with deep regret both in town I and country. Mr. Williams was a Aberayron where he was born in September, 1848. He was of pious parents, his rather be a sea captain, with whom Mr. \V iillanushiiusfcii voyaged in his youth for seven years. He was deeply influenced as a man hy the revival ot ldLl, in fact, lie was a child oi that revival. He got his secondary educa- tion at the Llanûyssui Grammar School, under the Rev. Thomas James, M.A. From .there he proceeded to Treveeca College, where he devoted himself to the study 00; theology and philosophy. He was, subse- quently, for about fourteen years, pastor of ç; > t "1, T;1 V- >; rV-.i t' c- ::t was called to Cruglas, Swansea, where he spent about ten years. Just five years ago he was invited to become pastor of Salem Chapel, Aberystwyth, and he accepted in February, of 1899 the induction meeting taking place in July of that year. His ministry at Salem was particularly success- ful. From a membership of about 150, it has increased to over 280. Mr. Williams was an energetic character. All the socie- ties connected with his church, whether Biblical or literary, had his cordial co-opera- tion and support. He was well-known throughout the district; as an ardent teeto- taller ,and was one of the chief supporters of the local lodge of Good Templars. He was an excellent theological student, and read deeply in. theology, and was possessed of an excellent library of theological books. and general literature. Mr. Williams was widely know beyond this immediate neigh- bourhood. Since the death of Mr. Thomas Owens he was general secretary of the Cal- vinistic Methodist Sunday School' Union and had, with characteristic energy, tfcrown himself into the worjj. He leaves a widow and four children, the eldest being about fourteen and the young- est four and a half. His mother, an old lady of 87, is alive, though bed-ridden, at Aberayron nursed by an only daughter. Much sympathy is felt with Mrs. Williams and family in their sad bereavement. At the North Cardiganshire Monthly meeting assembled at Bath-street, Chapel, on Tuesday, feeling references were made to the passing away of Mr. Williams by Mr. David Samuel, M.A., Professor Edward Ed- wards, Revs W. Jones, T. Levi„ T E Rob- erts, and A Wynne Thomai, Messrs W Tho- mas and D Jenkins, Mus Bac. A memorial service will be held at Salem Chapel on Thursday evening at seven o'clock, and the funeral will take place on Saturday morning when the remains will be taken by the Manchester and Milford Railway to Rhydlewis. where a child of the deceased lies buried. ESTTLEMENT OF A PAUPER. SUCCESSFUL APPEAL BY ABERYST- WYTH GUARDIANS. A somewhat peculiar appeal came before Mr J M Yates, K.C., at the Manchester Assize Court on Wednesday in last week. The appellants werethe Aberystwyth Board of Guardians and the respondents the Chorl- ton. Board of Guardians. The case marked the conclusion of the Salford Hundred Ses- sions and arose out of the dispute between the two parties as to the settlement of a pauper lunatic named Sarah Ann Williams. Mr. Langdon appeared for the appellants, and Mr T F Bryne for the respondents. Mr Langdon explained that the appellants appealed against a decision of the justices in the courts below making Sarah Ann Wil- liams —a pauper lunatic—chargeable to the Aberystwyth Guardians. The appeal was made on the ground that Williams acquired a status of irremovability in Ludlow by a three years' residence there. The appeal was made under the Lunacy Act of 1890, and to his (counsel's) knowledge: was the first of its kind nncler that Act. On August 27th of last year there was an adjudication by the magistrates that Sarah Ann Williams, who was a. pauper lunatic, and who had been sent from the Chorlton Union to the Lan- caster Asylum, had a birth settlement in the polish of Issayndre, and was chargeable peallants went on to state that Sarah Ann to the Aberystwyth Union. Counsel for ap- Williams was born in the parish of Issayndre. in Aberystwyth Union ,in the county of Cardigan, and in 1884 took a situation at the Feather's Hotel, Ludlow.— Evidence would be given by people who had also been in service at the Feather's Hotel during the period in which Williams was there, and who would state that she (Williams) was in resi- dence at the hotel for a period of fully three years. After the hearing of evidence, Mr Yates allowed the appeal with costs.

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