r COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION NOTES. In the Forden division, both parties are striving hard, with the Liberals confident. Mr Rogers delivered a fine fighting speech on Saturday evening week, to a large con- gregation, presided over by Mr R. Roberts, Nanteribba, and supported by Mr A. E. O. Humphreys-Owen, Mr John Davies, .Fron- fraith, Mr W. Stourton, and Mr Stafford. The speeches came as an eye-opener to many present, and a vote of confidence in Mr Rogers, carried with but one dissen- tient ,augurs well ior a triumphant Liberal poll. Mr Rogers minced no words in a plain statement of his views. Here is a sum- mary of his speech:—He appeared before them not as a politician, but as a large ratepayer in the parish, and as one would therefore do his best to keep the rates as low as possible, without sacrificing effi- ciency. He had lived in the parish for 28 years, and during that time he had tried to do his duty as a citizen in the offices with which the ratepayers had entrusted him. He was an old servant as a school manager, and for a quarter of a century he had served them on the Board of Guar- dians and Rural District Council. He, therefore, thought he was more entitled to represent them on the County Council than an outsider. Referring to the Small Hold- ings Act, Mr Rogers said the proper ad- ministration of that Act very keenly affected Forden. The reason why the Act had not been applied better in the county was that they had appointed the wrong men on the committee. There were too many landlords and their agents upon it. Let them by all means have a few landlords who were in sympathy with the land hungerers and their aspirations on the committee, but the best men to represent that class were men who were in touch with them and ,were dependent upon them for their place on the Council. Pressure should be put upon the landowners to keep up their small holdings, or to make them release the land to the County Council to be let as small holdings. On the education ques- tion. Mr Rogers urged the abolition of re- ligious tests for teachers, and the full pub- lic control of schools maintained from the rates. Reverting to the fact that an out- sider" represented Forden, he said it was defeating the object of the Local Govern- ment Act, which aimed at self-government. Party arrangements are now fixed up in Llanfyllin, where Mr John Lomax has quitted the field in favour of Mr Marshall Dugdale. The Liberals are to be cham- pioned by Mr James Stanley Davies, of Lledfron, a well-known farmer. Mr Dug- dale's commanding personality makes him a particularly strong candidate, and a very keen contest is assured. The Tories in the Aberhafesp division have at last landed a candidate from with- out the division, in the person of Mr John Miller, the Court, Abermule. Personally much liked, Mr. Miller may be expected to poll well, but compared to Mr Hamer Jones, a well tried, trusted, and exceptionally able man, he can hardly hope for success. Three years ago, Mr Norton won the seat by reason of his extensive acquaintances, a band of hard working supporters, and a thorough fighting campaign, while Mr Hamer, the retiring member, was content to allow his past stewardship to plead his claims. Mr Miller will put up a vigorous and honourable fight, and the supporters of Mr Jones must by no means prospect victory as an easy thing. We note that during the last three years Mr Hamer Jones, attended 19 of the 29 Education Committee meetings, and was present at the Attend- ance Committee 13 out of 19 times. A particularly interesting contest is as- sured in the Guilsfield division, which Capt. Mytton represented so long without oppo- sition. Mr F. G. Howorth takes the field in the Liberal interests, and the Tories have nominated Mr D. Jones, Maesgwyn. The task which has been set the Progressive party is not a light one, but Liberals, we are certain, will work hard for what would be regarded as one of the best victories at this election. Mr Howorth possesses the qualities of a very capable councillor, and a strong rally should gain him the seat. Major W. M. Dugdale has announced his intention to endeavour to unseat Mr E. H.^ Roberts in Llandysilio. He promises regu- lar attendances at the meeting and a faith- ful stewardship. We imagine that the electors will stick by their present repre- sentative, who is thoroughly conversant with their best interests, and serves them well. Liberals must lament the retiral of Mr Ebenezer Pugh from the representation of Llanrhaiadr, for which constituency he proved an energetic member. Mr Griffith Owen is now the Liberal candidate, and opposing him is Mr R. Roberts, Arllen Fawr, who comes out as an independent. Independent candidates are not just at this juncture desirable. There are # distinct party policies to be pursued, and if a can- didate is unable to determine between the right and the wrong ones, the electors at any rate are. For the fourth time, Mr Evan Jones, Hen- nas, has resolved to assail the Chairman of the Education Authority for the repre- sentation of Llanwnog, which Mr, Richard Jones has held since the creation of the, County Council. At last election the lat- ter's majority was 66, and we scarce think that that majority will diminish as a re- sult of Mr Jones' splendid work for his di- vision and the county generally. That Pendinas should be off the Council and the Education Authority is unthinkable, and the electors of this division are not going to commit such an egregious blunder. It would be an unwarranted trespass upon space to enter upon a laudation of Mr 'Jones' public services. They are known to all who can read, and we do not believe the veriest Tory concerned for the intelli- gent and efficient administration of county affairs, would rejoice to see him rejected. ,But Llanwnog will honour the gentleman who honours it on the Council by a ma- jority worthy of him. In his address to the electors of Llan- fechain division, Mr R. O. Perrott points out that although increased work has been imposed upon the County Council, involv. ing larger expenditure in many directions, it has not materially effected the rate dur- ing the last three years. He makes no at- tack upon any extravagant policy, nor do any other of the Tory candidates. Mr Pryce, of Pantdrain, has again'forced the Liberals to defend their seat in Llan- gurig. Concerning the contest a correspon- dent writes The question asked by the Tories is, What has Mr Godfrey Bowen done to try and do away with the sheep dipping,' which is so much of a humbug to our farmers ?' The question asked by the Liberals is- Who is responsible for the Sheep Dipping Act ?* Is it not a fact that it was passed into law by the Conservatives in 1903 ? Mr Pryse and his supporters hope to win the seat by trying to blind people with the statement that the County Council is re- sponsible for the Sheep Dipping Act. The Tories are trying to gain a seat from the Liberals by blaming the Liberals for what the Tories themselves are guilty of. And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.' Our correspondent adds :—" Some years ago when the poll was declared, and the Tory candidate got in, the Conservatives, inspired by John Barleycorn, were making use of peculiar unpleasant language, and shouting for all they were worth. 'There's a licking for the old chapel people. We'll have them now.' Such was some of their exclamations. These bigots for the moment had forgotten that it was the foolish chapel people who helped them to gain the seat. I I said then that a Tory should never again get my vote, and the friend who was with me said the same. I have no disrespect I for the man, but I respect principle more, and I cannot understand Nonconformists and especially Nonconformist deacons, who I after drawing faces as long as fiddles in the I big pew, and talking about religious liberty I and justice, go right away from chapel to a Conservative meeting to help them to fetter Nonconformity. 0, ye hypocrites." The nominations at Kerry included Mr William Alderson, Gla-nmeheii, Mr John Jones, Cwm Bromley, and Mr John Wilkes Poundley. Mr Alderson having retired, a contest will take place between Mr Pound- ley and Mr Jones. Mr Jack" Poundley is the son ,of Mr J. E. Poundley, the retir- ing member, and is very popular in Kerry and district. He has been chairman of the Parish Council for the last six years, being returned at the head of the poll at the last election. Mr Jones is a member of the Rural District Council. At one time he occupied Penarran Farm, Kerry. From there he removed to Bank Farm, Church- stoke, and subsequently entered into occu- pation Cwmbromley. Mr Jones has shown himself to be a successful and sagacious farmer, and the Liberals could not have chosen a mode popular local champion. At Berriew, Capt. Corbett-Winder makes another attempt to unseat Mr Humphreys- Owen. He failed on the last occasion by 34votes, and we should be surprised if he did any better this time. Mr Humphreys- Owen is one of the most prominent young men on the county authority, and is follow- ing in the footsteps of his worthy sire.
THE ELECTIONS. 16 CONTESTS. The following were the nominations re- ceived by the Returning Officer (Mr Martin Woosnam) on Friday. It will be seen that there are to be 16 contests. The Liberals are attacking nine Tory seats and the Tor- ies are assailing the Liberals in seven di- visions. CONTESTED DIVISIONS. The asterisk represents the retiring mem- ber:— Aberhafesp—J. Hamer Jones (L), J. G. Miller (C). Berriew—*A. E. Humphreys-Owen (L), W. Corbett Winder (C). Llandysilio-*E. H. Roberts (L), Major Dugdale (C). Deytheur-Joseph Davies (L), *E. S. Per- rott (C). Llanfyllin—J. Stanley Davies (L), J. Mar- shall Dugdale (C). Penn ant-Griffith Owen (L), Robert Rob- erts (I). Llanfechain-John Rees (L), *R. O. Per- rott (C). Darowen-*John Edwards (L), F. M. Campbell (C). Llanidloes (West)-Evan Williams (L), William George (L). Llangurig—*J. Godfrey Bowen (L), J. R. Pryse (C). Forden-T. Rogers (L), *P. Hurlbutt (C). Guilsfield-F. G. Howorth (L), David Jones (C). Kerry-John Jones (L), J. W. Poundley (C). Llandyssil—John Davies (L), Charles Lewis (C). Llanwnog-*Richard Jones (L), Evan Jones (C). Meifod—Richard O. Roberts (L), *A. W. Williams-Wynn (C). UNOPPOSED RETURNS. LIBERALS. Catno-*Llewelyn Davies Humphreys. Cemmes-*William Jones. Llanbrynmair-E. M. Jones. Llanfair-*Maurice Evans (Brynelin), *John Lloyd Peate. Llanidloes—*Wm. Ashton (East Ward), Stephen Breeze (Without). Llandinam—*Edward Jones). Trefeglwys-*David Jones. Llanfihangel-*Ro bert Griffiths. Tregynon—*Evan Lewis. Newtown—*C. J. Newell, *Richard Lloyd, and *Hugh Lewis. Machynlleth—*Richard Rees. Isygarreg—*Evan Roberts. CONSERVATIVES. Churchstoke—*W. P. Jones. Leighton—* Arthur Vaughan. Welshpool—*Charles Shuker (Buttington Ward), *Lord Powis (Castle Ward), *Wm. Humphreys (Llanerchydol Ward), and John Pugh (Guilsfield Ward). Montgomery-*Francis Langford. Llanerfyl-*W. Forrester Addie. N ewtown-*Colonel Pryce-Jones.
Property Sale at Machynlleth. On Friday afternoon, Messrs Gillart and Sons offered for sale at the Lion Hotel, Machynlleth, valuable freehold property and accommodation land situate in and near to the town, belonging to Mrs Ann Davies. The sale was conducted by Mr D. Gillart, and Mr R. 0. Davies, of Messrs Chalmers, Hunt, and Davies, was solicitor for the vendor. In the course of his re- marks, Mr Gillart said: Ysguboryddol (that being the name by which Lots 1 to 5 are collectively known) consists of a group of fields lying compactly together and ex- tending from the main road almost to the river Dovey. They are intersected by the line of railway, but there is a convenient crossing at the right spot, and the roads serving the fields are also very convenient for their purpose. I should like to mention that the sole reason for the vendor wishing to sell is that having severed her connec- tion with the neighbourhood, she is re- siding at an inconvenient distance away. The house property is very well situated in prominent situations, central, and very convenient, and whatever happens there is every ground for believing that the value of such sites as we have in this sale will be maintained, and probably enhanced. The town is growing, public improvements are in course of construction, and if the I activity in the building trade is a sound indication of what is to come, then we cer- tainly ought to be doing better here in the near future. A good many houses of a nice class have been built here lately, and when the possibilities of the neighbourhood as a residential and holiday resort are more fully realised and the place boomed" a bit more, there is sure to be an increase of prosperity for Machynlleth. Lots 1 to 5, comprising seven fields, were put up as one lot. These fields aggre- gate 28a. lr. 6p., and the total rent amounts to £ 95. There was, however, no bid, and Mr Gillart proceeded to offer Lot 1, Cae- scubor," 6a 3r 26p, annual rent £ 27. Bid- ding started at £ 250, and it was withdrawn at £420. Lot 2, Caebach and Caebach Glas," 4a Or 23p, annual rent £13, did not fetch a bid. Lot 3, called Cae Uchaf," 4a 3r 19p, annual Tent £15, was next put up. Bidding started at t200, but it did not advance be- yond £ 230, at which figure it was with- drawn. There were no offers for Lots 4 or 5, and Mr Gillart put up Lot 8, known as Lyfnant House," in the occupation of Mr D. Smith, hairdresser, at an annual rent of £ 20. Bidding commenced at £ 300, and the price rapidly rose to £425, when it was knocked down to the tenant. Lot 9 comprised the dwelling house and shop known as Leicester House," in the occupation of Mrs Roberts, at a rent of £25, also four cottages at the rear, the whole property bringing in a total rental of 1:48. Bidding started at £350, and at E435 it was withdrawn. Lot 6, the well-known residence Mald- wyn House," let at an annual rent of £28 to Mrs Bennett Davies, together with a stable at the rear fetching a rent of £5 and in the occupation of Mr G. M. Arthur. There were no bids, and the property was put up separately. The bidding for "Maldwyn House" started at £450, and at S:560 it was withdrawn. The stable was then offered and was withdrawn at 980.
NEWTOWN. SPRING FASHIONS, a choice assortment of Flowers New Straws and Ready-to wear Hats now showing at MISSES GOODWIN, 7, Market-street. COAL AND LimE.-If you want good quality Coal at reasonable prices, either in truck or cart loads, or in cwt. sacks, try JOHN SMOUT, No. 13, Canal Wharf, Newtown. fAdvt. MB. T. MALDWYN PRICE, R.A.M., visits Newtown on Tuesdays and Saturdays Lessons given in Singing, Pianoforte, Violin, and 'Cello. He may be seen at Mr Fvan Bebb's, Broad- street, or Salop-road, Welshpool. PARENTS PLEASE NOTE.-A pure sweet gives not only pleasure, but also nourishment to grow- ing children. All the ingredients used in making Ann Taylor's Everton Toffee are pure and whole some. It is as nourishing as it is delicious. IF You have a bad cough and a good shilling you can part company with both by purchasing a bottle of Owen's Cough Elixir, a never failing remedy. Prepared and sold only by F. J. Nash, M.P.S., Chemist, Broad-street, Newtown.—Advt. F. J. NASH, M.P.S., Chemist, Optician, 48, Broad-street, Newtown, attends from 8-30 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily at the above address, and will test your sight free of charge. Eyeglasses and spectacles of every description kept in stock. Oculist prescriptions a speciality.—Advt. ALARM CLOCKS.-This is the season of the year that you most require these goods. E. H. MORGAN, jeweller, 18, Broad-streec, has a grand selection at from 2/6 uqwards. A call will oblige. ST. DAVID'S DAY.-LADIES will please note this date, for on the 1st of March we intend Opening a New Department—"DRESSMAKING"— which will be carried on by first-class experienced hands. Style, Fit, and Workmanship guaranteed. Moderate Charges.-LEwIS'S, London House, New- town.—Advt. To RATEPAYERS.—The annual meeting of the Ratepayers' Association will be held this (Monday) night. FOOTBALL.—Amidst a hurricane, a football match was played on Thursday week, between the Half-Holiday and Captain Arbuthnot's team of "terriers." The latter were vanquished to the tune of 4-1. The four goals came from the toe of C. M. Woosnam, the opposing point was regis- tered by Bright. MR. DAVID DAVIES'S foxhounds met at the Bear Hotel on Saturday morning week. Dolforgan wood was drawn blank, as was also Cefncaled wood, but on entering Drefor Gorse a fox broke out at the bottom, and when near the Old Kennels he turned to the left, up Llwyn-y-rhwd wood, then back down the dingle to the Drefor Gorse. Rey- nard broke out again on the Drefor hill, through the planting near the Old Quarries, where he doubled back along the planting down Cwm-golog dingle, then turned left handed over the top to the Drefor dingle, where the scent gave out. A WEEK'S ENTERTAINMENT.—There are many residents in the town who have a vivid recol- lection of the last visit of Mr and Mrs Victor Andre many years ago. Mrs Andre then per- formed many feats of clairvoyance, and incidents in the life history of many of the audience were in a weird and mysterious way recounted. Every night the performance was well patronized, and if the Newtown public can still appreciate a fasci- nating experience we anticipate excellent' houses' this week. Mr Andre is bringing a splendid company of variety artistes, and, as will be seen from our advertizing columns, a performance will be given every night. MOCK ELECTION PETITION.—On Thursday an election petition, sequal to a mock election held on the previous Thursday, in connection with the Young People's Society, was presented for con- sideration in the English Congregational School- room before a crowded attendance. The petitioner was Mr J. H. Pickup, against the successful can- didate Mr W. Spence. Mr Garbett Edwards, instructed by Mr Morley Hughes, appeared for the prosecutor, and Mr Charles Woosnam (solictor) instructed by Mr D. T. Morgan, for the defendant. After a hearing which lasted two and a half hours, during which many witnesses gave evi- dence, the judge (Mr F. Turner) dismissed the case, remarking that perjury had been committed on both sides. DEATH OF A NATIVE IN TRENTON, N.J.—We regret to announce the death of a townsman at Trenton, N.J., on February 3rd, in the person of Mr 'Richard Turner, mason. To the present generation deceased and his family would be almost forgotten, but the subject under notice would be more familiarly remembered in his con- nection as "drummer" with the Royal Welsh Warehouse Band. Deceased followed the same occupation as his father and his brothers, and migrated to America about twenty-one years ago. After an illness extending over several years, his death was hastened by grip and pneumonia. He was in his 57th year of his age, and is survived by his wife and two sons, Harry W. and Richard E. Turner. The funeral took place on the following Monday at Greenwood Cemetery. LEGAL SUCCESS.- W e announced in a recent issue the success of Mr Charles Woosnam in his final law examination. He has been placed on the honours list in the second division. The candi- dates who sat the examination numbered 181, 90 of whom went in for honours, and 23 obtained destinctive marks. Only four found position on the first class honours hst, and nine on the second class. Two years ago, Mr Woosnam's eldest brother, Montagu, distinguished himself in the honours examination by annexing the Clifford's Inn prize, and but for indisposition, which greatly interfered with his studies on the eve of the examination, he might well have achieved a place of equal merit. Both brothers (sons of Mr George Woosnam, Llanidloes-road) were articled with Mr Martin Woosnam, Bank Chambers. THE NEW POSTMASTER.—Mr E. Stephen Jones, of Birmingham, the newly appointed postmaster, carries with him the hearty good wishes and universal respect of a wide circle of friends in Birmingham. Mr Jones was born at Penmacho, and received his early training in the National School; afterwards removing to the Grammar School, Llanwrst, where he was regarded a,s a promising pupil. In 1881 he removed tc Birming- ham, and there began his successful career as a sorting clerk and telegraphist in the second class. He was rapidly promoted to the first class, and became an overseer. His administrative gifts shortly aftarwards won him another promotion, and he was appointed assistant superintendent, second class, qualifying him for higher and more important positions in the first class. Mr Jones is a thorough Welshman, and is in sympathy with all that is best in Welsh national life. He has been chairman of the Cyfarfod Ysgolions, the Eisteddfod, and the United Nonconformist musical festival, and for many years ho had been a highly respected deacon in the Calvinistic Methodist Church. Mr Jones is a brother of Mr David Jones, postmaster of Stafford..
BUTTINGTON. If you are wanting SEED OATS, we invite you to pay us a visit. We have a splendid lot at a reasonable price.-DAVID JONES and SON, Corn Merchants, High-street, Welshpool.
PONTDOLGOCH. It will pay you to pay a visit to the Music Salon, 8, Broad Street, Newtown. COMPETITIVE MEETING.—In connection with the Saron and Shiloh United Literary Society, a competitive meeting was held at Saron on Tuesday evening, February 22nd. The Rev D. Davies very ably presided, and the meeting was conducted in a truly eisteddfodic style by Mr Demetrius J. Owen, Llanbrynmair. The adjudicators were:- Music, Mr J. Meirion Evans, Caersws; essay, speech and recitations, Mr Maurice Jones, Carno. The following is a list of the prize-winners: Recitations (for children under 12), 1 Hilda Davies, 2 Cora Jones, 3 Johnnie M, Jones. Recit- ation (for children under 16), 1 Maggie Jones, Pprtheiryn, 2 Phebe Davies. Recitation (for adults), 1 Miss Maggie Jones, Church House. Solo (for children under 12). 1 J. M. Jones. Solo for girls under 16), 1 Janet Jones, 2 Shebe Jones, 3 Mary Jones. Duett (for children under 16), 1 Maggie Jones and Maggie Ashton, 2 Janet and Mary Jones. Impromptu speech, 1 Mr Lewis Jones, Carno. Essay on The two first missionary travels of St. Paul," 1 Maggie Jones, Pertheiryn. Baritone solo, The Sailor boy's dream," 1 Mr A. Jones, Garthbwt. Quartette (round), "Would you know my Celia's charms," 1 Messrs W. Thomas, T. George, E. Jones and C. Jones. (Quar- tette, 11 Lord, for Thy tender mercy's sake," 1 Messrs W. Thomas, E. Jones, Miss Maudie Thomas and Maggie Jones. Mixed voices com- petition (for parties between eight and 12 in number), Like the grass are all man's days," 1 Saron choir (conducted by Willie Thomas) A hearty vote of thanks to the chairman, conductor, adjudicators and the accompanist (Miss Rosa Thomas, Caersws) was proposed by Mr E. Jones, J.P., and seconded by Mr R. Jones, Pertheiryn, and carried amidst applause.
WELSHPOOL. GRAND DISPLAY of new goods on show at BOWEN's, the well-kn^wn cash drapers, Berriew- street. FARMERS requiring best quality Corn-sacks are invited to call at William Thomas's, Ironmonger, W elshpool.—[Advt.] THE DAIRY.—Our "Princess" Separator has been awarded over 100 medals. The most reliable; easiest to work; British made.—Call and inspect at HUMPHREY JONES & SON, Hall- street. [Advt. PERSONAL.—The Earl of Powis left Welshpool for London by the 10-42 a.m. train last Monday, and later in the week he and the Countess of Powis left the country for Pau. Lady Powis hopes to derive such benefit for her stay abroad as to enable her to return for the summer. ANOTHER DEATH AMONGST THE HERBERTS.— By the death of Mr George Jenkins, of Armidale, Australia, this month of February, has once more brought mourning into the Herbert familf. The deceased was married to Beatrice, a daughter of the HOB. R. C. Herbert, of Orleton, sister of Colonel Edward Herbert, and Cousin of the Earl of Powis. OCTOGENARIAN'S DEATH.—Mr. Robert Lloyd, 20, High-street, who for many years was coach- man at Gungrog Hall, aDd to the late Mr Thomas Newill at the Dairy, died last Monday, aged 85 years.—Another inhabitant, also 83 years of age, having died the previous Saturday, was buried in Christ Churchyard on Wednesday, Mrs. Davies, Raven-square, a sometime landlady of the Raven Ian. FORGOT SHE WAS A BIDE I-Stealing sticks from Moelygarth Wood (on the Garth estate) was the charge that brought a young woman from "the top of the town to the Borou, h Sessions last Tuesday. Her name appeared on the charge sheet as Catherine Evans, Clifton-street, but in Court she said her surname was Humphreys-" I forgot I was married!" she explained amid some laughter.—The Justices' Clerk (Mr C. Pryce Yearsley) When were you married ?—Defendant: 17th January.—The Clerk: You forgot you were married!—P.C. John Morgans, Guilsfield, said that on February 12th he was in Penbryn-laae, Guilsfield, keeping observation on Moelygarth Wood. He saw defendant coming out of the wood carrying a bundle of sticks. Witness told her he had received complaints about people taking sticks from the wood. She replied, "I didn't think there was any harm in taking the small ones." She put the sticks down; he said he should have to report the case; she said she was very sorry.—The Bench dismissed the case, but told defendant she must net take any more. STEALING SYCAMORE BRANCHES.—"They're a bit mixed" was the suggestive criticism, which the Justices' Clerk (Mr C. Pryce Yearsley) passed at the Borough Sessions last Tuesday upon the interested parties in a case of stealing timber Daniel Edwards, gamekeeper on the Garth estate, conducted the prosecution of Richard Evans, Mermaid-passage, and David Evans, Clifton-street, and said that on February 10th he saw defendants in Moelygarth big wood cutting branches off a felled sycamore tree. He watched them for a quarter of an hour, saw each tie up a bundle of wood and put it on their backs. He went down the lane to meet them, and saw a brummock sticking out of Richard Evans' pocket. He told them that he had instructions from Mr Collinson (the agent) to keep careful watch as there had been so much cutting down. David Evans gave his name as Thomas Evans, and Richard Evans gave his as John Evans.—David Evans (inter- rupting) No! Don't tell lies! Tell the truth !— Continuing, witness said that defendants refused to put down the wood, which he valued altogether at 2s. They were only branches.—Mr Pryce Jones: Aren't these given away as a rule ?—Wit- ness Not always.—Owing to the defendants' behaviour in the box the proceedings became somewhat mixed up, and the Bench adjourned the cases until the following morning. Mr D P. Owen and Mr John Jones then occupied the magisterial chairs, and David Evans pleaded he did not think he was doing any wrong—he had seen plenty of people taking sticks away.-The Bench fined David Evans 15s, including costs, or 14 days' hard labour, and Richard Evans lOa, including costs, or seven days' hard labour. Moreover, in respect of a similar offence on the Llanerchydol estate, for which he had been bound over a, fortnight before, Richard Evans was fined 5s, including costs, or seven days. The Bench. refused defendants any time to pay, and they were removed in the custody of the police. PARISH CHURCH ORGAN RE-OPENED.—For some reason or other the organ which the late Earl of Powis to St. Mary's Parish Church in 1884 at a cost of XI,300 was never completed until this year. A public subscription was recently got up, amounting to over ii 100, and the organ underwent a thorough overhauling. Five stops were added, namely violone on the pedal; diapason; flute on the great; flute and piccolo; also trem- ulants on the choir and swell. The formal re-opening took place at evensong last Thurs- day before a crowded congregation. Non- conformists and other Anglican heretics were prominent in the best pews-" We get pushed into the background on such occasions was one Conformist's good humoured comment. A full choir attended, the Vicar (Dr. Grimaldi Davis) intoned the prayers, and uttered the Benediction after the collection, which made more than £ 9. Dr. Roland Rogers, organist of Bangor Cathedral, was the "re-opener." His best performance proved to be the selection from Sullivan and Hollins. The programme read as follows:- Hymn 292; Andante Con. Moto (Beethoven) anthem, "Lord I have loved the habitation of Thine House" (Torrence); In Memoriam (Sulli- van) vocal solo, As Pants the heart" (Spohr), Mr T. Maldwyn Price; (a) Allegretto Grazioso (Hollins), (b) Romance in D Flat (Lemare) hymn 193; Schimmerlied (Schumann) Intro. 3rd part Lohengrin (Wagner) hymn 24. HENFAES A SPLENDID HORSE TO BACK."— "There's no sense or reason in it. It's fairly ignoring the ratepayers this is Thus a Welsh- pool householder vented his feelings last week after reading the full report in the Express' of how the Old Gang on the Town Council had gained another point to scotch the Hen Faes scheme. "I wish the election were coming on now," continued the indignant townsman. fhere'll be a clearing out. There's Marston to go out and Stockton to go out—Marston's for Llanerchydol, our tahernacle !-and W. A." for Guilsfield he may be an old man, but there'll be no mercy for him. As David Jones said, we're only making fools of ourselves and a laughing exhibition, and as Dr Thomas said, in spite of the town's meetings we had. And those eight or nine councillors are going to throw it aside! I know the field where they want to dump the rubbish now—it'll be washed down to the brook-it's noth- ing but a bog, and the stuff will get into the water, and the cattle down in the fields below will have to drink the water. You can't blame the Vicar honestly, if he does something. I'm not much to stick up for parsons, but I do stick up for him. I think they've treated him shabbily-six months and six months they've put it off. I'd give them six months! I'm glad Billy Hum- phreys is sticking to it. He knows the feeling of the working man more than many of the others. And Hiles is getting up to the pitch—he'll play the devil with them one of these days. Between him and Dr. Thomas they can pretty well talk the other lot down. And there's Pryce Jones putting in the right w,)rd too. Those who're against the Henfaes want rubbing up. They can't be blind to the feeling of the town's meetings. There were- as many people in the Town Hall the second meeting as in a political meeting, and you didn't have a platform taking half the room. I hope it will come to a poll of the town. For one that will be for Stockton's field it will be ten for the Henfaes. It's a splendid horse to back is Henfaes for the ratepayers' good. The ratepayers pay the cash; let them have a little voice in the matter now.
The Hon. Mrs J. D. Rees, is confined to her room by an attack of influenza. The North Wales Labour Exchange Offices will be opened at dn early date, but we understand that the possitions have not yet been finally determined. Both the County and Borough Members voted with the Government on Mr Austen Chamberlains Tariff Reform amendment to the address. Mr J. D. Rees entertained at lunoheon at the House of Commons on Thursday, the Marquess of Dufferin, Lord, Lady and the Hon. Marguerite Joicey, Commander the Hon. E. Charles and the Hon. Mr Dormer, Lady Speyer, Major Cobbold. Replying to an address from the Anglo-German Friendship Committee, Prince Henry of Prussia expressed the sincere hope that this nation might in future have the same confidence in Germany's Sovereign and Government as Germans had in the British Sovereign and Government.
THE PUBLIC ESTATE QUESTION AT WELSHPOOL. TO THE EDITOR OF THE C EXPRESS & TIMES.' Sir,—Both sides in this borough know that the question that has agitated Welsh- pool for the past two years is much broader than that of which particular site should be chosen for. a dumping ground. Unfortunately for the progressive party, the game is being played with loaded dice by the opponents of the Henfaes scheme. The merd fact that public sentiment had set in strongly in favour of a public estate —as evinced by the town's meetings on October 25th and November 5th last- caused the reactionaries to redouble every effort on their part to crush the movement. The latest move has been to stop a public enquiry, and to rush on the plan for rent- ing a couple of fields from Lord Powis for dumping purposes only. Everything has been very cleverly arranged, and, doubt- less, Councillor Jenkins and his backers (including the three wobblers from Shrop- shire) are pleased beyond measure at their latest achievement; but, somehow or other, the people of Welshpool will eventu- ally come to their own, and the victory will be theirs, but much ink will be spilt in the process, and there will be a con- siderable shuffling of the municipal cards —and for this latter we shall have to wait for the November 1st, 1910, election. Anti- Henfaesites, please take due warning!— Yours truly, A BURGESS. February 25th, 1910.
LLANFAIR-CAEREINION. MUSICAL TREAT.—Mr David Gittins and his choir of Juveniles gave a musical treat to the public at the Council school on Friday, when the sacred cantata, The triumph of Joseph," was effectively performed. The orchestra consisted of four violins led by Mr T. Maldwyn Pryce, Welsh- pool, and the piano (Miss Cissie Owen, Beechg-rove, being the pianist). In the absence of Mr David Davies, M.P., who was announced to preside, the chair WRb occupied by the Rev John Evans. The concert was well patronised and the room was quite full with an appreciative audience. The concert was given under the auspices of the Llan- fair Free Church Council. The choruses, duets, and solas were well rendered, and great credit is due to the energetic conductor who spared nothing to make the undertaking a grand success. Part II of the programme consisted of miscellaneous items, Miss Lennie Peate, in addition to the mem- bers of the choir, being among the aitistes. Votes of thanks were accorded, and Mr Maldwyn Pryce, in eulogistic terms, gave the choir a word of encouragement.
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CEMMAES. CAPTAIN Cecil Norton, M.P., who has been appointed Assistant Postmaster-General, is a brother of Colonel Norton, of Dolcorsllwyn, Mont- gomeryshire, and eldest son of the late Rev W. Norton, rector of Baltinglass, co. Wicklow. He served in the Army in India for some years, and before entering Parliament was Brigade-Major of Cavalry at Aldershot. THE Rev John Jones, Llandrillo, whose death was recorded on the 13th inst., was for some years prior to his removal to Merionethshire, the suc- cessor of the late Richard Edwards, Cemmaes, as pastor of Llansilin, Rhiwlas, and Cefncanol C.M. Churches. Mr Jones was a native of Llanafan, Cardiganshire, and though he died at the early age of 43 he managed to do a good diiy's work for his Master. A PUBLIC meeting in connection with the Montgomery County Nursing Association, con- vened by Mrs Norton, of Dolcorsllwyn, was held in the schoolroom, Cemmaes, on Tuesday last. The Rev R. J. Morgan was voted to the chair. There was a fair attendance, which included Mr W. J. Evans, Dr. E. Davies Rees, and Mr E. C. Morgan, representing the County Association. After the objects of the Association had been ex- plained, it was resolved that a committee be formed consisting of representatives from Cemmes, Darowen, Commins Coch, Aberangell, Manllwyd, and Llan wrin, with a view to forming a Nursing Association in affiliation with the Montgomery County Nursing Association. The following were nominated on the committee :—Mrs > orton, Mrs Jones (Glenorig), Mrs G. Jones (ShOD). Mrs I Morgan (Rectory), Mrs Francis (Aberhiiiaeth), Mrs J. H. Jones, Mr M. E. Francis, and Dr. Humphreys for Cemmaes; Mrs R. W. Jones, Mrs Davies, Mrs Richards, Mrs Davies (Brynderwyn), and Mrs Walton for Aberangell; Mrs Elizabeth Hughes and Rev Evans for Cwmlline; Dr. and Mrs Edwards, Mrs Richards (Rectory), and Miss Jones, Cemmaes Road, for Darowen; Mrs Stead- man, Mrs Lloyd (School House), Mrs Edwards (Blaenpwyd), and Rev Lloyd (Rectory) for Mallwyd; Mrs Breese (Ffrydfawr), Mrs Hughes (Shop), and Mrs Griffiths (Gaellie) for Commins Coch; Mrs Edwards (Rectory), Mrs Hughes (Mathafarn), and Mrs Jones (Goedol) for Llan- wrin; Mr M. E. Francis consented to act as convener. ———————
THE TRUTH ABOUT ELEMENTARY EDUCATION IN MONTGOMERY- SHIRE." Sir,—In my manifesto on the above matter, I made no allusion to the grievances of Non- conformists under the Education Act, and I did not even claim any party credit for the working of it. My sole object was to put the public, as far as I was able, in the possession of facts relating to the ad- ministration of the Act for the last three years. I felt that this was necessary, be- cause of the extravagant statements writ- ten and spoken, more particularly with re- spect to the repairing of the old and the erection of new schools. If I had nothing but party ends to serve, I might have said a good deal about the pressure that the Committee had to bring to bear on the managers of the Church schools to bring their buildings up to a standard of efficiency, and I might have descanted with some effect on the at- tempts which have been made to squeeze money out of the pockets of the general ratepayer under the wear and tear clause. That, however, was not, my purpose, and if Mr Lomax-, who writes to the County Times,' were actuated by equally disin- terested motives, he would have done much more for a peaceful administration of the Act, than dishing up those inepti- tudes about the merits of the Act. It is one of the canons of the Conserva- tive party that local authorities have no business to express an opinion on the quality of an act of Parliament—that it is their function to administer acts only. But when we find a ruling planet like Mr Lomax offending against such a sacred canon, what can we expect from the satel- lites who revolve about this important body. Mr Lomax says an 8d rate is still high for a county with such a large proportion of Voluntary schools. If he will kindly refer to Flintshire he will find the educa- tion rate is fixed at lOd, with 68 non- provided to 36 provided schools. So much for his opinion on that matter. Mr Lomax professes to be shocked at the idea of the Education Committee proposing to deal with the supply of Bibles to the schools on business lines. It is pretty trying to have the Church day schools quartered on the rates to have the Church Sunday schools and mothers' meet- ings in addition would be insufferable! For the information of Mr Lomax, I may say that a place for moral instruction has to be provided in every scheme of school work. The instruction must be directed, to the inculcation of courage, truthfulness, cleanliness of mind. body, and speech, self-control, etc. So that Mr Lomax need not feel so shocked even if children were refused a supply of Bibles in the schools. They would get the essence of Bible teach- ing, and supplied to them in such a way as to be much more effective and useful than a lot of dogma.—I a.m. yours truly, RICHARD JONES. Pendinas. Caersws, February 26th, 1910.
W NTED-Cook-General, Wages, XIS; also VV Young Girl to assist, Wages, ^88.—Apply Secretary, Montgomeryshire Infirmary, Newtown' THE WESLEY GUILD LADIES' CHOIR Will give a CONCERT In the PUBLIC HALL, NEWTOWN, On Friday, April 1st. Further particulars shortly. MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. 1910. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE ABERHAFESP DIVISION. Mr LORD, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,— WHILST REGRETTING THE RE- W TIREMENT of your able Repre- sentative (Mr C. W. Norton), I feel bound to come forward as a Candidate in this Division, at the urgent, request of a con- siderable, number of influential, rate- payers. As a Ratepayer in this Division, and having a considerable stake in the County, I solicit your support.. I have also gained some previous knowledge of public work through several years.' service on the For- den Board of Guardians and Rural Dis- trict Council. My chief reason for claiming your sup- port is the alarming and ever-increasing expenditure of our County Council as at present constituted. L Some cnecK, i xninn, Miouia be put upon this extragant administration, of which we are all feeling the pinch and in asking you to return me as your Representative, I shall assure you that I shall not be a mere voting machine to spend large sums of ratepayers' money. Although desirous of zealously guarding the public purse, I should be no party to inefficiency in Education, or any other de- partment over which the County Council exercises control but should try to see that we get value for our money without anv extras." Being myself a tenant farmer, your wants and interests, I think, are almost identical with my own and if you honour me by electing me. I shall endeavour to the best of my ability to faithfully serve. and further our mutual interests. Notwithstanding that the time is short, I hope to be able to personally call upon each ratepayer, when I shall be pleased to further explain my views and claims for, your support- Your Obedient Servant, J. G. MILLER, The Court, Abermtxle, February 24tb, 1910..1
MACHYNLLETH. OUT-RELIEF.-The amount of out-relief distributed in Machynlleth Union during 1909 was, according to the returns issued by the Local Government Board, £2,369 in money, £88 in kind total, £2,457 against £2,468 in money out of a total of E2,566 in 1908, and P,2,281 out of E2,352 in 1905. CYMREIGYDDION.-f'Rhai o feirdd y cywydd," was the title of an instructive address given by the chief bard, Mr Gwyn Jones, Aberystwyth, at a meeting of the Cymreigyddion Society, held at the Town Hall, on Monday evening. Mr Jones was I accorded a hearty vote of thanks for his interesting address. The following officers were elected for the next session Llywydd, Rev D. Cunllo Davies is-lwydd, Mr J. M. Breeze trysorydd, Mr E. Llewellin Evans cofiadwyr, Rev E. Wnion Evans and Mr D. P. Jones. THE NEW POST OFFICE.—A very interest- ing ceremony took place on Saturday last, when by the kind invitation of the Post- master (Mr Thomas Jones), the Chairman, members and officials of the Urban Dis- trict Council attended in "state" to per- form the opening ceremony of these new premises at 6-15 p.m. They met at the old post office, and then proceeded to the new premises, and were conducted over the building. At seven o'clock the signal for the public opening of the premises was given by the firing of rockets and playing of God save the King" by one of the members of the staff. Mr John Pugh. the chairman of the Urban District Council, then unlocked the door, and the public were invited into the general office, where the formal proceedings took place. Mr Thomas Jones, the postmaster, then wel- comed the public, and Mr Pugh, in some well chosen words, declared the office open. The Medical Officer (Dr A. O. Davies) and Mr Edmund Gillart (town clerk) after- wards made reference to the work of the post office, and also referred in eulogistic terms to the work of the postmaster.. The first postal order issued from the new premises was purchased by the members of the Council and officials, which resulted in one guinea being sent to the treasurer of the Londonderry Cottage Hospital by the first letter posted in the new premises, and on which was placed the first purchased stamp. The first telegram was sent by the Council to Mr F. E. Adams, the chief sur- veyor, in congratulatory terms, and was handed in by Mrs Jones, the wife of the postmaster. The following facts will be of general interest. The new and up-to-date premises belong to Mrs Ann Jones, of Paternoster House, Machynlleth, and are situated in the heart of the town. They were designed by Mr Gayes (assistant sur- veyor), and the work was carried out un- der the superintendence of Mr R. W. Davies, architect, Carno, the contractor be- ing Mr J. O. Williams, Machynlleth. The new office serves not only Machynlleth and its Immediate neighbourhood, but is also the administrative centre for a large and important outside area. It is estimated that the rural postmen employed cover a total distance of over 500 miles daily. The following figures show the growth in the amount of correspondence, etc.. dealt with weekly in the Machynlleth district:—Let- ters delivered—1895, 15,288 1909, 38,953. Letters posted—1895, 16,773 1909, 30,206. Parcels delivered-1895, 593 1909, 1,484. Parcels posted-1895, 386 1909, 1,007. There are 79 letter boxes in the district, 12 of which have been established during the last two years. During the same period a daily delivery of letters has been author- ized to over 100 outlying hill farms, which previously were only visited on alternate days. The townspeople are now proudly possessed of a building which in every way reflects the utmost credit upon all con- cerned, and with the very efficient and courteous staff will be a pride to the in- habitants for many years to come, and a landmark of progress which has been char- acteristic of the town of recent years.
LLANBRYNMAIR. PENNANT.—Nos Iau, Chwefror 17e, cynhaliodd Cymdeithas Lenyddol y lie ei chyfarfod olaf am y tymor, pryd y llywyddwyd gan y Gweinidog. Darllenwyd papur yn gyntaf ar D. Lloyd George, Canghellydd y Trysorlys, gan Mr E. Evans Lloyd, Plas Pennant. Olrheiniodd hanes y Cymro enwog o'i enedigaeth yn Manceinion i'r safle anrhydeddus y mae ynddi yn awr. Yna cafwyd papur ar William Shakespeare, gan Mr George Morris, Weeg. Nododd yntau brif ffeithiau bywyd y bardd byd-enwog. Ar ol hyn darllenodd Mr Thomas Wigley. Gwernyffridd, bapur cynhwys- fawr ar y diweddar Dr Lewis Edwards o Bala. Danghosai y papur hwn gydnabyddiaeth helaeth a hanes a nodweddion meddyliol y gwr mawr or Bala. Dioichwyd yn gynnes i'r tri am ddarparu gwledd i ni ar gynygiad Mr David Wigley, a chefncgwyd Mr E. R. Hughes
KERRY. FUNERAL OF MISS LENA PRYCE.- V erv great sympathy is feit for Mr and Mrs Richard Pryce, Manllwyd, in the loss they have sustained through the death of their fourth daughter. The late Miss Margaret Helena Pryca was at one time an assistant in the business of Mr W. D. Crofts, Newtown, and recently occupied a lucrative post in Birmingham, where her bright and cheery dis- position won her many friends. The deeeased was taken ill in Birmingham, and upon recovering convalescence was brought home to Manllwyd. A relapse followed, and despite every care Lena passed away on Friday week. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended. The service at the house was taken by the Rev G. Griffith and Mr D. Higgs, a Welsh hymn being sung. At the Bethany Chapel the Rev G. Griffith again officiated, assisted by Mr Richard Jones and Mr W. Black. The coffin was borne to its last resting place by Mr David Davies, Fronfraith, Mr Rees Evans, Abermule, Mr J. Corfield, Goitre Farm, and Mr J. Fred Evans, Kerry. The undertaker was Mr John Evans, Abermule. The lovely wreaths and floral tribntes included the following: Parents and family; Nellie Pryce. Manchester; Uncle Tom, Auntie Lizzie, and Willie, Ludlow; Aunt and Lizzie; Cissie. May, Jack and Martin Ciss and Richard; W. R. and J Corfield; Frank and family; Maggie, Birmingham; Mrs Chase and family; Emmie and Ben; Mr and Mrs White and Fan; Mrs Lewis and Mr and Mrs J. Lewis; Family at Giant's Bank; Mrs Davies and Son, Fronfraith; Family at Post Office, Kerry T. P. Jones and family "Llegodig": Pattie Jones, Lydham Manor; Sallie Pryce, Maip; All at Smithy; Mr and Mrs Kirkham; Edward Williams and family; Mr and Mrs Morris; Charlotte Williams, Llanmerewig Mrs Ralph Miss Alice Mansell, West Bromwich.
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I LLANIDLOES. APPOINTMENT.—Mr D. T. Hamer, son of Mr David Hamer, Van Terrace, Llanidloes, has gain- ed an appointment as assistant master at Llanfair Caereinion Council School, where he started last week. EXAMINATION SUCCESS.- Weare pleased to publish that Miss Doris G. Holmes, of Penrallt Hall, Llanidloes, has been successful in passing her Cambridge University Preliminary Local Ex- amination at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and as also passed her Examination in theory of Music. This is the fourth certificate she has obtained from the Royal Academy of Music, London. CANINE LICENCE EXEMPTIONS.—NO fewer than 421 applications for exemption from dog licenses were made by farmers at the County Sessions on Thursday, all of which were granted. OBITUARY.—The funeral of the late Mrs Harriet Paull, who died at her residence in Aberystwytb, took place on Thursday, when the remains were interred in the Cemetery. The Ven. Archdeacon Williams, assisted by deceased's son-in-law (Rev. W. Gower Jones), and the Rev. Wm. Smith Swansea, officiated. 4TH ROUND WELSH AMATEUR Cup.-On Satur- day last Llanidloes United were defeated by Aberystwyth, on the ground of the latter, by seven goals to nil. The ground was in a wretched condition, and interfered greatly with the game. AN APPRECIATED MINISTER.—Special evangelistic services were held in Gravel Baptist Chapel, Llanbister, last week, when the services were conducted by the Rev B. T. Davies, Llanidloes. The preacher be- longs to the old school of Welsh preachers, and possesses the hwyl," which attracted I many people from afar to hear him.
TREFNANNEY. WE much regret the death, on Friday evening last, after only four hours illness, of Mrs Davies, the Mount, wife of Mr Joseph T. Davies, one of the prospective candidates for the Deythurand Careghafa division in the forthcoming County Council Election. Great sympathy is naturally felt for Mr Davies and his two-year-old little girl at this very unexpected time of sorrow. We are glad to understand that Mr Davies will not, as he had once intended, withdraw from the election contest. At the same time he will, of course, depend entirely on the efforts of his friends, and all interested in his success.
LLANDYSSIL. AT the Forden Rural District Council on Wednesday the flooding of Cwminkin-lane and Montgomery-road was brought forward. For many years this part has been a source of trouble and annoyance to pedestrians. It seems now that a solution has been found which will divert the water from the road altogether. On the motion of Mr John Davies, Fronfraith Mill, the Council de- cided to instruct Mr Hole to carry out the scheme of piping across Sutton field, in agreement with Mr Addie and the tenant of Sutton. When this is completed it will be a great boon to the people of Llandyssil, who travel this main road to Montgomery market.
CAERSWS. OBITUARY.—The death of Mrs Mary Tanner, widow of the late Richard Tanner, of Brynderwen, was a painful surprise to many in Caersws and Llanwnog, as few people knew of her illness. She passed away on Wednesday last at the age of 70 years, leaving three sons to mourn her loss. OBITUARY.—On Monday evening the Ancient City was overcast with a feeling of gloom when it became known that Mr Richard Savage, Peny- borfa, had passed away. The deceased, who was 64 years of age, was one of the most familiar figures in the Ancient City," and a general favourite with all classes in the community There was no farmer in the whole neighbourhood readier or more willing to do any act of kindness than Mr Savage. He was a regular attendant at St. Mary's Church. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, but had a liberal heart towards all men. We shall all greatly miss his familiar face. Four sons and four daughters lament the loss of an exceptionally fond father. BIBLE SOCIETY.-Irrespective of creeds or politics, church and chapel joined together to hold the annual Bible Society meeting, which was held in St. Mary's Church-room on Wednesday evening week. The deputa- tion this year was the Rev J. 0. Haughton, a Church of England clergyman from Liver- pool. The Rev J. Jones, M.A., (vicar of the parish), presided. Mr J. Wilson, the honorary secretary, read a most encour- aging account of last year's work of the society in the district. The Chairman also gave a most instructive address. Mr Haughton proved an excellent speaker, and was highly appreciated. Mr Rd. Jones, J.P., Pendinas, in proposing a vote of thanks to the deputation, spoke at some length of the great work done by the Par- ent Society. The Rev Darbyshire Roberts, M.A., also spoke.
BWLCHYFFRIDD. THIS EISTEDDFOD, which in previous years has been held on Christmas Day, was held last Thurs- day. The weather, which early in the day was threatening, later became more favourable, and competitors from all directions came to this popu- lar fettival. As usual the competitious were of a high quality and elicited general praise from the appreciative audience. The chair was taken at both meetings by Mr J. A. Jones, N. and P. Bank. Newtown. The adjudicators were: Music, Mr T. Matthews, Carno; literature, Rev E. Parry, M.A., Newtown art, Mr Evan Rees, Aberhafesp needle- work, Mrs Jones Williams, Newtown, while Miss Rosa Thomas, Caersws, acted as accompanist in excellent style. Tea was on the tables at three o'clock, when the following ladies presided:— Miss Jones, Caecappan, Miss Benbow, Cottage; Mrs Jones, Caecappan, and Mrs Benbow, Penllan- licky Mrs Rowlands, Vachwen, and Mrs Andrew, Garreglwyd; Miss Francis, Werndu, and Miss Whitticase, Glasgoed; assisted by many others. Appended is the list of successful competitors :— Solo, under 10 years, Gladys Jones, Caecappan; recitation, under 10 years, 1st Gladys Jones, 2nd Eva Phillips; solo, under 14 years, Fanny Whitticase; recitation, under 14 years, May Phillips; best knitted stockings, under 16 years, Fanny Whitticase; answering six questions, 1st John Owen, Gilfach, 2nd T. Andrew, Gerazim; drawing a draught horse, 1st J. T. Andrew, Bwlchyffridd, 2nd W. Grosvenor, Bethel; tenor solo, 1st divided between E. Watkin and E. Bennett, Adfa, 2nd T. Williamp, Rhosgoch best crotchet curtain holders, Ethel Francis, Wernddu; definition of words, 1st J. Owen, Kerry, 2nd J. Owen, Gilfach soprano solo, 1st Miss S. Evans, Tregynon, 2nd Miss Tilsley, Mochdre; writing for children, 1st Fanny Whitticase, 2nd Ethel Francis impromptu discussion, 1st J. Owen and C. Evans, Bettws; best pair bedroom slippers, Elsie Evans, Cefnllydan mixed quartette, let Mochdre, 2nd Clatter; recitation for adults 1st J. Owen, Kerry; bass solo, 1st A. Jones, Clatter, 2nd T. C. Andrews, Cefn; essay, J. Owen, Gilfach; best flannel petticoat, 1st divided between Miss Lloyd, Lluastgoch, and Miss Jehu, Bethel; mixed choir, Tregynon, conductor Mr R. Thomas best afternoon teacloth, Miss Alice Francis, Wernddu; prepared speech, 1st T. C. Andrews, 2nd J. Owen, Kerry; sight singing for one, Gertie Phillips, Bank; humorous anecdote, J. T. Andrew, Garreg- llwyd; duet, T. Williams and E. Williams, Gerazim; best programme for next year, prize withheld; male voice, 1st Clatter, conductor t Mr R. Jones.