TERRIBLE COLLIERY EXPLOSION NEAR PONTYPRIDD. NEARLY THREE HUNDRED LIVES LOST. On Saturday afternoon, just before four o'clock, one of the most fearful colliery explosions which have taken place for many years in the South Wales coalfield occurred at the Albion Colliery, Cilfynydd, two miles above Pontypridd, in the Taff Valley. The colliery is on the southern end of the Craig Evan Leyshon Common, and within a hundred yards on the western side of the highway through the Valley and the Glamorgan Canal, which runs along its side. It is situate almost directly opposite the entrance into the Ynysybwl Valley, which is to the west, and across the Taff River from it, and is midway between A berdare Junction and Ponty- pridd. It is not more than ten years, if so many, since the coal was first struck here. The town, which is called Cilfynydd,' signifying Mountain Nook,' is remarkable for its long rows of substantially-built stone cottages of a superior order, and rising in terraces, one above the other, mountainwards. There are several places of worship substantially built, board schools, and places of business in the place. Indeed, everything about the Albion Colliery betokened a high state of prosperity until this fatal afternoon. In round numbers, nearly 900 men and boys ware employed under- ground in the day turn, and about 120 horses were lodged in the stables within the workings. On an average 12,000 tons of coal per week, or 2,000 tons per diem, were turned out of the colliery. The shafts are 520 yards in depth, and the colliery appliances are the most sub- stantial that could be procured for money, and abundance of things for use below crowd the colliery yards. The activity below must have been immense to be able to arrive at the above- named enormous weekly output of steam coal of the most substantial quality. Mr W. Lewis is the chief agent of the company, and Mr Philip Jones is the head manager. Down to Saturday enormous prosperity had crowned the efforts of the company, and the colliery had been free from accidents of any magnitude. Saturday was a thick, foggy day, with a lowering atmos- phere, and the thoughtful could not but think 0 of the scores of thousands of men and boys employed in the underground workings of the South Wales coalfield to whom a lowering atmosphere is a source of deadly peril, and re- quiring the greatest vigilance on the part of all colliery authorities. It is the practice at this colliery for all the employed to end the turn on each Saturday at two o'clock in the afternoon, and return to their homes on the side of the hill, and as usual this was done on this day. Awful as is the calamity which has happened, had the usual number been down in the workings at the same hour of C, the day as that when the present calamity occurred, one shudders to think of what would have been the frightful result! That result would have almost paralysed the business of the United Kingdom, and would have been a disaster of national magnitude It appears the management are in the habit of utilising the remaining hours of the Saturday, when the coal producers are absent from their stalls and headings, to perform the necessary repairs and renovations in the underground roadways. And on Saturday, when the 900 men and boys were leaving the colliery for the day, an unusally large number of repairers—said to number from 200 to 300 men and boys— descended into the workings, they passing in while the others were passing out of the workings. Everything proceeded satisfactorily till a quarter to four o'clock in the afternoon, when suddenly a fearful roar, like the discharge of a heavy piece of ordnance, was heard in the direction of the shafts, and a dense mass of smoke enveloped them from view, and some say that sparks of fire were seen mixed with the smoke. The fact is, the two shafts, of 520 yards each in depth-one, the downcast airway, and the other the upcast-had served the same pur- pose to the exploded forces in the workings as the muzzles of that number of canuon do to explosive charges in them, but with incalculably greater volume. It appears the detonation heard was not of that intensity usually heard in colliery explosions, and the consequence was that the first report circulated respecting the extent of the disaster was that what had occurred was that a boiler had exploded, and that the steam had prevented the men from coming out. But, alas! it was quickly dis- covered that one of the most fearful disasters on record in South Wales had taken place, but that its full extent was even then not realised by even the inhabitants. At seven o'clock in the evening the extent of the disaster was totally unknown on the surface. The suspense was most painful, and many a blanched cheek could be seen in the surrounding throngs. The waiting was like waiting for a verdict when a life is in the balance! The force of the explosion had blown the roof off the building in which the powerful ventilating fan revolved, and also the sides of the roof of the structure over the wings of the pit coverings. The fan house had been hastily covered over with a huge tarpaulin, and the fan was going at full speed, so there was no danger that those at the bottom of the downcast shaft were not supplied with fresh air, for the sucking power of the fan attracted the air in abundance down the down- cast shaft. It depended on the condition of the airways below as to whether fresh air passed to the poor fellows in the interior of the Workings. LATEST AS TO THE LIST OF DEAD. The death-roll up to 10 o'clock on Wednes- day night stood as followsTotal number of bodies recovered, 259 rescued, but since died, 7; total deaths, 266. There are many bodies yet in the mine. Out of the 259 recovered, the identified number 245, leaving 17 bodies unclaimed. RELIEF MEASURES. It is very gratifying to state, in face of the great calamity, that many hearts, touched by the thought of the distress, have been opened, and donations have been freely given to alleviate the urgent needs of the bereaved. 0 Funds have been opened in various quarters, and the rapid way in which subcriptions flow in, indicates clearly that the British heart beats as sympathetic as ever. PONTY CYMMElt GLEE PARTY WILL HELP. TO THE EDITOR. SIR,-The terrible calamity which has befallen our neighbours at Cilfynydd has aroused the deepest sympathy in this district; and we are anxious to do something towards alleviating the great distress that must follow. I am, there- fore, requested by the Pontycymmer Glee Society to ofter to hold a concert in behalf of the above object in any large town or populous district, provided a committee from such place undertake the management thereof. All communications to be addressed to the con- ductor, Oxford-street, Pontycymmer.—I am, &c., TOM RICHARDS, Conductor. PROMPTITUDE OF PAYMENT OF INSURANCE. We are informed a large sum has already been paid in claims by the British Workman's and General Assurance Company to the relatives of victims of the Albion Colliery disaster. The following telegram was received from the managing director:- To Morris, inspector, British Workman's Assurance Offices, Pontypridd. Make arrangements to pay all claims im- mediately, and express directors' sympathy." Mr J. German, superintendent of the Wesleyan and General Assurance Society for Cardiff and district, was one of the first repre- sentatives of assurance societies to visit the scene of the terrible explosion, A large number of the victims were members of this society, and consequently claims are very heavy. Mr German and his assistants at Pontypridd and Mountain Ash are paying all claims without any delay. The directors of the London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow Assurance Company, Limited, have to be commended for their promptness in meeting all their claime arising from the awful disaster at Cilfynydd. Mr Slee (resident secretary), Bristol, and Mr Williams (local manager), Cardiff, were to be seen going from house to house discharging all the claims against the company, without the production of the usual certificates. The amount paid by this company was nearly £3,)0. ————
THE ENGLISH BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL MEETINGS AT CAERPHILLY. CONDEMNATION OF GAMBLING. The annual meetings of the Glamorgan and Car- marthen English Baptist Association were com- menced at Caerphilly on Tuesday afternoon, when the newly-built Baptist Chapel was well filled by a large number of delegates from the Churches in the Union.-The Rev Owen Owens (Porth), president of the association, occupied the chair.—Following the election of auditors the Rev Owen Owens gave a most earnest theological address on the Holiness of the Church, the measures of its Strength and Pros- perity.-The sixth annual report, presented by the hon. secretary (Mr W. G. Davies), showed that the churches in the association numbered 80; pastors, 62; local preachers, 97; village stations, 13 members, 11,304 Sunday Schools, 92 teachers, 1,454, and scholars, 18,311. His statement was based on the returns of 73 churches only, as the others had failed to send in their statistics. The total number of members in the association was 11,304, and there had been an increase of 632 during the past year, which increase waa double that of last year. The following ministers were admitted into the association :-The Revs J. Griffiths, H. J. Home, T. Pandy John, 8. J. Robbins, C. H. Watkins, J. B. Thomas, H. Jenkins, J. Howells, J. G. Matthias, D. Samuel, W. Thomas, J. H. Lamb, and R. O. Johns.-To the following chapels grants of JE10 were awardedCardiff district: Riverside, Caerphilly, Mount Pleasant, and Barry Dock. Bridgend district: Ogmore Vale and Cefn (Tondu) and also to tho churches in the Merthyr, Swansea, and Pontypridd districts.The following officials for the ensuing year were then elected by ballot:— President, Mr W. Morris, Cardiff; vice-president, the Rev E. E. Probert secretary, the Rev W. G. Davies, Peaarth; joint treasurers, Meaars C. Roberts, sen. and jun.; association preacher, the RevR. O. Johns, Cardiff; subject for letter, Striot Communion* writer, T. W. George, Neath.—A resolution, condemning gambling and betting, and intimating that the meeting was of opinion that a Bill should be introduced into Parliament for the object of putting down sporting intelligence in newspapers by considering the same a penal offence, was put to the meeting and carried. --In the evening the annual home mission meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by the Rev C. Joahua, Landore the Rev W. Harries, Maesteg and the Rev D. Burwyn Davies, Swansea. A scrmaa in Welsh was also delivered by the Rev W. M. Pryse, Riverside, Cardiff, in the Bethel Congregational Chapel.
NARROW ESCAPE AT COWBRIDGE. As Mr W. Goulden, son of Mr Goulden, Landow Mills, was driving home through Cowbridge on Tuesday last, the horse took fright near the Masons Arms Inn, and bolted into some traps. Mr Gouldea had the presence of mind to jump out of the trap luckily without hart, and kept possession of the reins. The horse broke loose from the trap, but fortunately he did not get out of Mr Gomldea's control, thus averting what otherwise might have been a serious accident.
TEMPERANCE DEMON- STRATION AT COWBRIDGE On Wednesday last the total abstainers' of Cow- bridge held their first annual United Demonstration. They consisted of the Bands of Hope of the different chapels, sons of Temperance and the British Womens' Temperance Association. The day was the finest experienced this year. The pro- cession was headed by the Tongwynlais Brass Band. After parading the streets they adjourned to the fields for sports until tea. After tea the sports were resumed in a field kindly lent by Mr Daniel Evans, Broadway. The procession was one of the largest ever witnessed within the borough for a long time. After engaging in pastimes until dark the company dispersed, thus ending a most enjoyable day. —————————
A BRIDGEND CONTRACTOR IN LEICESTERSHIRE. At the Loughborough County Court on Friday laat, Mr Philip Gaylard, of Bridgend, contractor, sued Messrs Griggs & Co., of Loughborough and Hull, timber merchants, for damages for breach of contract. Mr Dean (instructed by Mr T. J. Hughes, Bridgend) appeared for plaintiff, and Mr Wilfred Moss for defendants. The claim was jBSO, damages incurred by the inferior quality of oak flooring boards supplied to Mr Gaylard. Mr Anderson (architect) and other gentlemen from the district, gave evidence for plaintiff, and a number of witnesses from Cardiff and Hull were called for defendants. After a hearing of over four hours His Honour held that Mr Gaylard had made cut his case, and gave judgment in his favour for JE31 9s and costs.
DtL NANSXN'S POLAR EXPEDITION. — Messrs. Gadbury have supplied about 1,500 Ibs. of Cocoa Essence and Choco- late in hermetically sealed tins, it being, necessary that the provisions taken should keep good for seven years. Dr. Ninseii has exercised a wise choice in selecting an ahsolutely pure cocoa of such typical excellence as Cadbury's. CADBURY'S COCOA.—"A Cocoa possessing valuable flesh-forming qualities, and imparting Strength and Staying Power."—Health.
PORTHCAWL LOCAL BOARD At a meeting of the above board held on Monday there were present—Rev W. Jones (chairman), Mr Eustace R. Williams, and Mr Evan David. THE WATEBWOBK8. The beard having written to the Porthcawl Water Works asking the price for their undertaking, resolved to defer consideration of reply until the board had engineer's advice as to drainage scheme. WINDOW AWNINGS. Complaint was made as to the window awnings of Mr Comley projecting over the pavement, and the clerk being asked if the board had power to do anything in the matter, replied that if the awnings interfered with foot passengers they were a nuisance. The surveyor was instructed to give notice to Mr Comley. BE-ELECTION OF STAFF. On the proposition of the Rev W Jones, seconded by Mr David, it was resolved that the wholo staffbe re-elected. DAlBY REGULATIONS. The Clerk produced regulations as to daires and they were conditionally approved by the board. PLANS. Mr Wm. Burnell's plan for a new house could not be passed until the board heard that he had Mrs Henry's consent to connect drain of the new house to drainage in her house. Plans were passed for additions to Nottage House, as was also Mr David Thomas' plans for a house in the Oakland roads. NATIONAL SCHOOL EXTENSION. The Works Committee considered the plans coin- cided with the bye-laws, but at the same time they would recommend that the Medical Officer and the Surveyor should report on the sanitary arrange- ments that were in existence at present and if they thought them adequate to the extension. Mr David proposed that the plans be passed subject to the recommendation of the Works Com- mittee being carried. This was seconded by Mr Williams and carried. THZ VOLUNTEEBS. Mr Williams proposed that in view of the volunteers visiting Porthcawl, printed notices re bathing be erected.-Carried. PUMP. A letter was read from Mr R. Sampson as to the condition of pump and surroundings near his house. CATTLE TROUGH. Proposed by Mr Williams that Mr Home's tender for repairing cattle trough and put surroundings in order according to plans and specifications be accepted. This was seconded by Mr David and accepted.
ACCIDENT AT COWBRIDGE On Wednesday last an unfortunate accident happened at the Bear Hotel, Gowbridge. The circumstances of the case ar.3 as follows-The Ton- gwynlais Brass Band arrived at the Town Hall about one o'clock from Cardiff in a four-horse brake. After they had got down, the driver drove to the Bear Hotel, and on reaching the archway leading from the highway to the Bear stables he was squashed between the dickey' and the roof. A doctor was sent for, but, unhappily, at the time of reporting not one could be found. It is feared that the unfortunate man is suffering from a fracture of the collar-bone. His coat was torn right off his back. Had he not bent his head a moment previous to reaching the archway, he would have been killed on the spot. He was at once con- veyed to the Bear Hotel until the arrival of a medical man.
PUBLIC-HOUSE KEEPING AT ABERKENFIG. A PROSECUTION COLLAPSES. At the Bridgend Police-court on Saturday, David Thomas Jones, landlord of the Star" Aberken6g, was summoned for keeping his licensed premises open too late at night, and William Minty, goods guard, for aiding and abetting him. Police-constable Evan Charles Jones deposed that on Monday last at 11.30, he was near the defendant's house, when he saw defendant's mother, who assisted him in the business, handing the bottle produced containing beer to a man at the front door adjoining the road. The man put it in his coat pocket and went up the passage at the pine end of the house. Witness followed. He had a frail with him which he put on the ground and opened it, and told witness he might see what was in it. Witness told him he wanted to see what he had in his pocket and he pulled out the bottle and said it was only cold tea. Witness said iti was beer and asked him his name and address. He said he had no name ((laughter) and wanted witness to pass it by. Witness took him back to the house and asked Mrs Jones, who opened the door, what she had to say about supply- ing the beer. She denied it and said she was only talking to him. Minty said he had the bottle at stop-tap time at the Tondu Arms. Wit- ness told Mrs Jones he had seen her handing him the bottle. She again denied it. The defendant then came into the room and witness asked him what he had to say and he said he had supplied Minty himself with it at stop-tap. Witness then left with Minty, the landlord telling the latter only to say the truth. The following day the landlord called at the police-station and asked witness to pass it by. He refused. Police-constable Jenkins said when he served Minty with a summons he said he had bought the beer at stop-tap, and that it was afterwards brought out to him. Thomas Maddy, postman, Tynygarn, called for the defence said he was at the Star on the evening in question. About 10.45 Minty gave Jones a bottle and asked him to fill it with beer. It was filled and put on the table. Witness and Minty left the house together leaving the beer behind them. Mr Jones came after them and told Minty he had left the beer behind. Minty took the beer and put it in his pocket. Witness left Minty talking with Mr Jones. Cross-examined by Superintendent Jennings Minty lives about three-quarters of a mile from the Star. Edmund Lewis corroborated. Mary Jones, the landlord's mother, also gave evidence. The case was dismissed.
COWBRIDGE POLICECOURT TUESDAY. (SHEEP SCAB. Mr J. Lennox, farmer, Llwynrhyddyd, near Cowbridge, was charged for not reporting sheep scab. The circumstances of the case have already appeared in the Gazette. He was fined £6 including costs, or in default two months. POACHING AT LLANXIHANGEL. Fred Groom, gamekeeper to Mr E. H. Ebbsworth, summoned Henry Evans and William Joseph for trespassing in pursnit of game near Llanmihangel Farm. defendants had two dogs with them, one a greyhouna and the other a terrier. Evans had been cautioned before.—Evans was fined f2 including costs, and Joseph £1 and costs. STRAY cows. William Hughes, of Llantwit Major, was sum- moned for allowing his cows to stray at Llantwit Major on the 16th inst., and fined 58 and costs.
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BRIDGEND SHOP ASSIST- ANTS' PIC-NIC. EARLY CLOSING MOVEMENT. Under the auspices of the Bridgend Early Closing Association, the annual pic-nic of the shop assis- tants was held on Wednesday. Picturesque Southerndown was, as usual, selected for the outing. It was indeed agreeable after the long lapse of Jupiter's glorious uncertainty' of weather that a change for the better had set in, and throughout the afternoon the sun, well-nigh tropical in its power* streamed down on the holiday-makers. The meteor- ological forecasts, like dreams, must sometimes be interpreted by contraries, and the party rejoiced that the prediction, on this occasion, showery,' was not fulfilled. The arrangements were carried out by an energetic committee of which the following were members:—Messrs D. L. Roberts, Evan Johns, Thomas Richards, Ivor Stradling, J. D. Williams, W. Watts (treasurer), A. H. Williams (secretary), and the Misses Thomas, Williams, and Matthews Soon after 2.30 the company, numbering about 70, started for Southerndown in breaks specially char- tered, the destination being reached an how later. The company at once adjourned to the beach, where games were organised, some dancing to the strains of the harp and violin, and not a few indulged in bathing exercise. At five o'clock a capital cold col- lation was served at the Dunraven Arms by the Misses Jenkins, which was partaken of with zest. Mr D. L. Roberts was in the chair, and Mr Watts in the vice-cbair. After justice had been done to the inner man, Mr Roberts, addressing the company, made reference to the early closing movement. Her hoped that no conduct on their part as assistants would cause their employers regret for the kind leniency they had shown them. He should like if one or two of the employers in the town who had been rather slack in carrying out the plans of the movement would show a kind and generous spirit. The policy of shorter hours was looked upon by some as detrimental to their interests, but the matter had been put to a practical test and the result had shown quite the reverse, the amount of work being greater and the quality better, thus more than repaying the employers for the extra cost of labour. He then moved the following resolution:—'That this meeting of shop assistants, held with their annual outing, begs to tender its hearty thanks to the employers of Bridgend for their kind and generoue co-operation in connection with the early closing: movement, and would make a special appeal to those whose unpunctuality in closing their shops may eventually prove detrimental to the move- ment.' Mr John Stradling seconded. Mr Thomas Richards, in supporting, spoke of the benefits to be derived by shorter hours. It gave them more time for spiritual pursuits, to acquire knowledge, and make them fit for the competition and progress of the age. He also referred to the need of greater physical exercises. Mr Richards then went on to deal with the indoor system, the tyranny to which they were all subjected, and thought the shop assistant was rightly termed the white slave.' There was a lack of unity amongst 'them, and they showed indifference to their own welfare. The remedy rested with themselves. Each one had a part to-phiy in their betterment, and there was a great necessity for organisation. The incon- sistency of the working classes who were agitating for shorter hours were also very great, by allowing their wives to go shopping after the specified hours. The resolution was then put to the meeting and carried una voce. Mr W. H. Evans (Pegasus) then proposed 'The Ladies' and 'The Visitors,' which were duly honoured. The party now adjourned and perambulated the beautiful grounds of Dunraven Park. On their return dancing and two and three' were vigorously indulged in. The return journey was soon after taken, Bridgeud being reached at ten o'clock. The outing was an unqualified success from every standpoint, and the committee and officers are to be congratulated on the happy issue.
EWENNY PRIORY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. With characteristic thoughtfulness for the public,. Colonel Turbervill bas decided to throw open Ewenny Priory for the public on the first Wednes- day in July, August, and September, from three o'clock in the afternoon till six. With the con- currence of Colonel Turbervill, Mr T. J. Hughes, Bridgend, has induced his friend, Mr T. H. Thomas, of Cardiff, the eminent antiquarian and archaeologist, to come down to the Priory next Wednesday after- noon to explain to the visitors the archaeological glories of the place. We have no doubt that the public will avail themselves of so exceptional an orportunity of enjoying themselves. It must be distinctly understood that no children under fifteen years of age will be admitted.
HOPE, 0 that my soul could find repose In Northern star and guide, Ambitious cry and fancies throes And in each hope abide. So that my span 'twould be a youth And tauni infirm old age By spell untaught thus keep aloof, And read her precious page. But youth is like a snow-white cloud And wish her n'bulous soul And hope a sun her form enshroud To vanish when we're old. When youth has fled it seems to gleam For all her days are weal, And memory paints them like a dream, When sorrow still is real. Protect each joy and count a friend, And share thy joys with him, If so/rows thine to friend ne'er lend And make his pleasures thin. Each golden hope let be thy aim, Yet still like tidal flood Its steady current oft proclaims The hasty stream hath mud. Yon cannot spy a fellow's dream, You cannot clutch your own, So therefore build your hopeful theme When Time's in satin gown. The friend of sorrow is the gloom, Both hide our joys save care, The friend of joy, where sunshine looms To gild our gifts down her. True joy is when with not excess We dote on ours below, In lessing years 'twill have success In parting here below. Hope is a hand that never hides Her guidance to the sky, Hope is the soul that shall abide Until we are on high. Hope gives the wing again to soar Above this sordid strife, Hope smooths the path the lifetime o'er, To gain eternal life. Porthcawl. G. H. REKAB.
LOCAL VOLUNTEER IN- TELLIGENCE. BRIDGEND DETACHMENT. Drills and class-firing for next week will be as under:— Tuesday and Friday, company drill in private clothes, parade in the Drill Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, class-firingcommencing at 2.30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, class of instruction for non-commissioned officers in the Drill Hall at 8.30 p.m. By order, (Signed,) D. R. DAVID, Major, Commanding Detachment. June 29th, 1894.
COYCHURCH. NOTICE TO CYCLISTS.-Come and read for yourselves your RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES and study the riding regulations, and therefore be under no doubt as to what are the PENALTIES. Full information to be had in our windows.—Brown andWiHiams, official repairers to the Cycle Tourist Club, Wyndham-street. Bridgend. —Adit.
THE WOMAN'S WORLD. FAVCV and ensured ,,]¡ot>!I nrp in high favour fÍlis- «»ason. lied, while, and gold coloured ties are pretffy for house and piazza wear, and every shade of tan, from pale buff to bronze, will be worn, while a new fancy is a buttoned booth, made lower than the usual style, and fastened with six large buttons. A WRITER in a lady's paper calls attention to the necessity of housewives paying the greatest attention to keeping beds clean. The iron bedstead," she says, has advantages over the older wooden one; but both can be kept in perfect order with a minimum amount of attention, provided this be given regularly. The former harbour dust more than one realises, as can easily be seen by lifting the laths where they cross one another; these little nests, and every corner, should be dusted with a brush at intervals, and not unless this precaution be taken can anyone boast of cleanliness. The main enemies are dust, damp, and moth. Brushing must be extended to the mattresses, which harbour dirt all along the edges, and especially wherever a button is fixed. A very good plan is to tie a thick piece of hessian all over the laths, under the mattress. This* serves a double purpose; it helps to keep the bedding clean and saves much wear, as the sharp irons cut into the mattress and often cause ironmould. A loose holland cover over the mattress, made to button tidily at one end, also goes a long way towards keeping it clean. This can be washed and changed as oftoa as need be without much trouble or expense," THE Queen never takes part now in the State balls, but in her youth she was a very pretty dancer, and devoted to the exercise. Not only did she dance at the State balIsr- but small dances were frequently given in the red drawing-room at Windsor. Her Majesty, not content with this, gave several fancy dress balls at Buckingham Palace, and there are those who well remember her graceful performance in the minuet, and who have pleasant memories of her joining in a country dance, called "La Tempete," in which she' acquitted herself with great spirit. How strangely" (remarks a writer in St. PauTs) must come reports' of these gorgeous but ghostly shows to the Queen,, while she eits at home quietly in her sober garments, eating a very simple dinner in the little dining-room at Balmoral. It is a very modest little room, fur- nished almost as simply as that of the housekeeper in a crowded country house, where space is at a premium. It looks almost like a library, owing to the bookcases which line the walls. The carpet is not a very luxu- rious one, of a tartan pattern, and yet, as if economy were expedient, the small oval' table, which will at most sent eight, and is generally laid for six, standing in the centre, is carefully carpeted round where the footmen walk with strips of the familiar moss-pat- terned green carpet fixed with drawing-pins. Her Majesty's own attendant is a middle-aged man, who stands behind her chair, and' assists her to what she desires in the way of food;, and' the Scotch whisky and soda, which of late years, owing to her rheu- matism, is- her only beverage at lunch and dinner." Tmll Duchess of York's rooms at White Lodge are on the first floor, which arrangement rather seriously cramps the rest of the family, as the quaint and old- fashioned residence of the Duke and Duchess of Teck is but a medium-sized huuse. The entrance to White Lodge much resembles a conservatory, and is decorated with flowers and many curiosy china, etc. The house is much cut up by long- corridors, one of which, tlie-Green Corridor, is used by the Duchess of Teck a? <t reception room. The- sitting-room of the Princess May before her marriage was on the ground floor next to her brothers' smoking room. It is a small room, painted and furnished entirely in white, and lit by French windows. The bookcases contain works by Oarlyle, George Eliot, Longfellow, Scott, Coleridge, Tennyson, Racine,, and JFoliere. Tnll fabric, par excellence,, for smart toilettes (remarks a writer on current fashions in the Morning Advertiser) is grenadine in, various-shades besides the ever-popular black. For instance,. one with a pale blue ground is dotted with small black and white ipots-, and a new make exhibits a, silk tuck, which is interwoven with the material. This is a pretty innovation, and sireh combinations- as gold tucks on a drab surface, old rose on white, and black on a foun- dation of'the same hue; are most successful. Moire in dfelicate shades, is the most popular fabric for mounting the grenadines upon. Next m popularity to the grenadiiit eome the shot silks in light glacé, these include manifold' combinations of colour a [link blends into yellow, browa into pale ilac, blue into dfeep chest nufr, and1 so on. The skirts of these silk gown. are fre- quently trimmed with. graduated puchings of the same. They are-carried up almost to- the waist. on either side. Alpaca is also having a little popular favour bestowed upon it,. and for the ra4se there are some charming tittle- gowns being made of this material in white and other pale tones. Moire is being used to trim these gowns, and many of them are made with a tight-fitting Eton jacket, the revere of which are faeed with moiré. A very stylish toilette is of grey grenadine embroidered ift a fanciful design with white (Tossed silk, and leaving just a suspicion of yellow velvet at the neck and waist. A large picture hat of grey crinoline straw with white ostrich feathers curling round it, and a knot of yellow velvet at the side completed the costume. In many of the skirts of gowns fashioned from thin materials, there is a tendency to tuck them, and to insert bands of embroidery. Undoubtedly the trimming of the hour, either for evening or day dresses, millinery or mantles, is lace, and next to lace embroidery. One of the season's novelties is an em- broiderv on batiste. It is a delightful fabric to wear, cool, light, and durable it is mounted on any pale shade, such as cafe-au-lait, heliotrope, apple green, pale blue, pink, or lemon. It is much used for bodices to wear with either black or coloured silk skirts. These are allowed to come a little way below the belt, simulating a basque. For denii- deuil nothing could be prettier than this same em- broidery, worked on a cream ground, with Strands of black flax thread or silk and mounted over lilac or pale heliotrope silk. WnrTB muslins, book and sprigged ones, mull and organdy, are in their renaissance, that is so far as grown-np people are concerned. For many years now they have been banished from the adult wardrobe we have associated them with our own salad days and admired them on the younger generation, but we have not worn them. Now, if only King Sol will grant bis permission, we are to blossom forth into all the glory of whiteness which this virgin fabric possesses, and both by day and by night we shall be able to test our complexions and our figures by its properties. For ball dresses the muslin is to lavish y embellished with bands of insertion, and the decol- letage enshrined with volants of the muslin, also lace bordered. The slips worn under these should, for Mutantes, be of white silk or satin, but for women of a more advanced age a colour may be substituted with advantage. The gowns". of this ethereal material, destined to be worn at smart afternoon functions, such as garden parties, at homes," races, and formal picnics, will have a series of flounces reaching to the waist, made upon a coloured silk foundation. The bodices are to be finished with the becoming Marie Antoinette fichu. THB embroidered Indian muslin is also to be seen this summer. They have the soft creamy or at times tubdned yellow shade which is almost universally less trying than pure white. They will be used for chemisettes and blouses, and, if the weather permits, possibly for morning dresses. The pretty plain batiste dresses, which are such a feature of conti- nental toilettes in the warm months, are finding patronesses amongst us; they are made in such a variety of lovely colourings, and are moreover much more pliant in the hands of the modiste than are our stiffer drills, hollands, and linens, and they are in consequence cooler. The cottons prepared for the summer everyday toilettes are of a gubstantial make and are, nevertheless, very dressy. rique JtI, perhaps, the most capable of elaboration, whilst it does not possess the qualities of coolness and lightness that characterise many of the other fabrics. The only trimming, however, that is permissible even on pique dresses consists of lapels of black or dark-hued moire or guipure and a small full vest of the former. A most chic little model has an Eton cutaway coat, quite unadorned, the fronts being lined with black satin, which is worn over a vestlet of black moire open at the throat. This V discloses a white cambric shirt with pleated frill and one of the fashionable stocks of pale blue linen. Smart women affect double- breasted waistcoats for every-day wear, which have a very masculine appearance, save for the brilliancy of their colouring. The skirts of drill linen and pique gowns do not require any lining, and are much lighter without, but in the case of the finer makes of linen a thin doublure is necessary. Drill is much in vogue for useful summer blouses, either in one shade or in some exceedingly successful combinations. A very effective model has the bodice of black drill, with full, drooping sleeves of a lovely shade of forget-me-not blue. The latter have stiff gauntlet cuffs of the black faced with the blue, and at the back the bodice is set into a straight square yoke, the fronts being arranged in small box pleats from the collar. Another very popular fabric for blouses is a soft make of silk in what is known as the "Paisley pattern," and these are untrimmed I The cuffs are narrow upturned ones, and the collars are either turned down or are made somewhat after those worn by Lord Byron, with which the portraits of the poet have familiarised us. None of the newest P,^A-Ift nrti hnsqtiod. »< it i- ,hat basqiwe will fell* •uucvlk. diablopOA-WA tu wid oi lL« tuuuUCE*
BRIDGEND LOCAL DOARD. .0.- THE HOUSE-TO-H^E INSPECTION. URGENT MATTERS TO BE AT ONCE TAKEN IN HAND. THE PUBLIC CONVENIENCES. An ordinary meeting of the board was held on Tuesday evening, Mr W. McGaul (chafAtian) pre. siding. There were also present: Messrs- iLl. Wal- lington, W. M. Richards, W. Powell, E. Bich, W. Francis, and M. Davies. MB, 6. F. LAMBEBT'S BILL. The Chairman reported that he and Mr Francis— who had been appointed a committee to go through the bill of Mr G. F. Lambert, architect and engineer-had met twice, but had failed to meet the third time. He had gone through it himself, b-at suggested that the matter should be left over till the next meeting. This was agreed to. THE BECKirr nrouiRY. The Chairman reported that the Local Government Board Commissioner had held his inquiry in regard to the application of the board for sanction for a loan of £9,000. The Commissioner inspected the route of the proposed sewer, and seemed well satis- fled, especially with the outfall. FINANCtt COMMITTEE. This committee reported a further reduction of the board's overdraft at the bank, and recommended cheqjues for the payment of wages and small aceouifrts. After a conversation, a resolution was passed in respect to the payments for private improvements asking the treasurer to enter the stsr^a paid into the bank under the different headings prescribed, and by whom paid. The report was adopted, and- a cheque also ordered to be drawn for the clerk's salary and expenses, oiOtir eluded, andamountiugtfo£1410s 3d. PLANS. The following plans were reported upon by the Works Committee:-Six cottages- for Messrs E. Beard and D. Edwards in Coity-road; referred back. House and workshop in Ifickworth-street for Mr D: R. Phillips: referred back.- Warehouse for Mr D.. H. Lloyd in Nolton-streetreferred back. Plans-of alterations of house in, Wyndham- street for Mrs Bevan; passed. Plans for Morfa estate; referred back. The plans were produced, and the-points-im which those referred back did not comply with. the bye- laws, pointed out. In reply to Mr Powell as to whether the plans had been before tha Works Committee,. The Chairman said they had been accused of endeavouring to prevent the development of the town by refusing to pass the plans, and'hence the matters and- plans were placed fully before the board. The defects in the plans of Messrs D. R, Phillips and Messrs Beard and Edwards being slight and easily remedied it was resolved that the work- might be proceeded with- providing an undertaking was given that the alterations would be made; and the amended plans- passed at the next meeting, ef the board. SOARIiED KBVER. Scarlet fever was-reported as existing-at @reen Meadow-street and Newcastle Hill, and. the Inspector stated that he had examined the premises and found no sanitary defects. He 'had also, given warning at the schools, although the chiidteu. were too young to go to schooll A case of typhoid' Sever was also reported in Ewenny-road, outsidb the board's boundary. MANHOLK9} S93ANDBIPE, &C. The Surveyor produced estimates for manholes, one at £1 13a 4d and: a self-ventilating one at £ 3 Is 3d. The model of the latter did not nhutse the members, and on:the-proposition of the Chafe- man, seconded by. Mr Francis, six of the lower priced were ordered.. Mr Davies and Mr Powell considers 1 this- was a matter which ebould stand over till the new-sewers were made. in which they would be provided. The Surveyor said. the Local Government) Boacd Inspector had asked-him to point out tbe-manholes, and found great fault with their absence, stating that there was no. means of flushing the sewers, which he said should be done at least once a week. The manholes- would- be placed where- they would not be interfered with- by the new Luew-em. The Government Inspector had also complained of the very insufficient number of ventilating shafts*. The resolution was- carried only by the casting vote of the Chairman., those voting for being Messss McGaul, Francis, and. Richards, and against Messes Wallington,. DayieN) and Rich. A stand-pipe at JE12 14s was ordered to be obtained from Messrs Guest and Bryant, and, a dozen gully gratings for the district gratings- wese also ordered for the district roads. THB HeUBN-TO-HOUSB VISITAIION. The Surveyor presented a lengthy detailed report of the house-to-house visitation so far as he had gone with a view to the discovery of sanitaxy defects and unflushed closets. The list of owners included three members of the board. In one case the work required had been dome under the direction of the Surveyor, and the other two gentlemen pro- mised to have the work done as soon as possible and to the satisfaction of the Surveyor. With regard to the others the Surveyor, on the suggestion of Mr Davies, the Surveyor was directed to schedule them. and his future reports, in regard to their urgency, steps to be taken for the remedying of all urgent cases immediately. HOUSES DBAIXIXa INTO COITY BKOOS. The Surveyor also reported as to the bouses drain- ing directly into the Coity Brook, and in one or two cases orders for immediate remedy had been made. KOBB SANITABY DEFECTS. In the cases of Nos. 1 to 8 Meadow-street and 29 and 30,Nolton-streets, in regard to which expired notices had not been complied with, and the matters being stated to be urgent, it was decided that the board should do the work. THE PUBLIO CONVENIENCES.—A DEPUTATION. Messra B (Griffiths, chemist, and Mr A. Morgan, butcher, Wyndham-street, who stated that Mr F. Lawrence (Messrs Thompson and Shaokell, Limited) was unable to accompany them, attended the board and complained of the nuisance arising from the public convenience near the Town Hall, asking, if possible for its entire removal, or such an alteration as would effectually remedy the nuisance arising from the state in which it usually was, and the careless indecency of those who used it. Mr Davies quite agreed with the deputation, and thought matters had been worse since the screen had been erected. The Chairman, in the course of the conversation which ensued pointed out the difficulty of finding a new site sufficiently convenient, and also that he did not know that they had any power to remove it. Mr Davies suggested the board's yard as a con- venient site, but The Chairman pointed out that the yard was already too small, likely to be built upon, and that they were only tenants at will. Mr Powell complained of the state of all the conveniences of the kind in the town. The Surveyor said they were cleaned out every morning and carbolic put down. Ultimately the board promised to see what they could do in the matter, and then the deputation withdrew. On the motion of Mr Davies, the Chairman was desired to see Mr Stockwood as to the ownership and removal of the place and as to the erection of a urinal in the board's yard. TENDBBS. Two tenders for materials used by the board were referred to the Works Committee to report upon. THE SEWAGB SCHEME. A letter was read from the solicitors to Mr Nicholl, Merthyrmawr, in relation to the draft agreement, referring to the reading of clause 16, as to the notice for the termination of the agreement, the connecting of the drainage of Merthyrmawr House, and the definition of the area from which the sewage was to be drawn. After some conversation, it was decided to defer the matter for the presence of the Clerk, who was absent at the Glamorgan Assizes, Mr Morgan giving expression to the opinion that the scheme might yet drop through. THE WEIGHBRIDGE. Mr Wallington referred to the order given by the auditor for the discontinuance of tradesman's books at the public weighbridge and the keeping only of separate books for waggons and carts. He wished to know if the auditor had any power to make this order, as if it were carried out he believed tin traders would get one for themselves. The publio one p..id very well. The Surveyor said the auditor comtrlainfc d of the difficulty of keeping the accountrrahcter the present system, and the great trouble JA- tracing ovt the discrepancies. At the last audit Sftgre had been considerable trouble because one ef 1%r Rome's I oiks could not be found. considerable trouble because one ef -4r Rome's I oiks could not be found. The Chairman and the majority of approved of the order, on the groDSit. 'oi tfe weigher was practically keeping the Cradeameals accounts, and Mr McGaul said he had had to com- plain of people being admitted to the ofice^anii in:- some cases even weighing for thamselves. He had given orders to stop this. Mr Wallington reiterated that he believed the1 traders would get a machine for themselves, and The Chairman replied that if they did they could not place it on the road, and besides people'Would not be likely to accept the weighing of persons* from whom they purchased, but would go to an indepen- dent weigher. The matter then dropped, THE MAIN BOADS CONTRACT. The seal of the board was affixed to the contract? with the County Council for the repair of the main roads. SANITARY CONGE3BS. The Chmnuan and Vice-Chairman were appointed delegates-, oa tbe invitation of the Lord Mayor, to attend the forthcoming sanitary congress in London, at their own expense, Mr* Davies remarking that if the expense were charged to the rates, as empowered by the Act, the ratepayers would be up in arms. TBE EXTENSION OF AREAS. The order of the County Council for the exten- sion of the area of the Local Board District, as already published, was produced, and the Chairman proposed to read it. Several1 members tboogbt it unnecessary to do so, as the order bad already been published- Mr W. M. Richards-; It will be appealed against. Mr Davies' wished they eeuld do without the people above. Mr Powell said Mr B>icharii» was very determined now, but he did-not come to, givs them the benefit of his views when they met to dis«*ss the matter, nor Mr Francis. Mr Richards-replied that Mr Powell could not throw stones at him, in the matter of attendance. He could not attend on that oecaaMtn. j The Chairman, notwithstanding the continued demurs, intimated that he intended to read the document aloud if none of the members stayed, and proceeded to do so. The proceedings shortly afterwards terminated.
LOCAL AREAS. PUBLIC MEETING AT ABERKENFIG. A very largely attended meeting; was-held at the Reading-room, Aberkenfig, on Tuesday night last, ■ to take into consideration the advisability of pro- testing against the annexing of. Newcastle Higher and Ynisawdre to the Bridgend- Laoah Board area. Mr W. John presided, and' the speaking was very enthusiastic throughout. After the Chairman had read the bill convening, the meeting, he called 4 upon Mr W. Richards to explain the inquiry he i attended at Bridgend on Thursday week.. Mr Richards said the County* Council' was a failure. That was making a bold.statement.. The I present Government never- intended., to. cram- down. people's throats what they could not digest. Of an the meetings that he ever attended; he. said), the inquiry at Bridgend cappedi all. He protested against the County Council. scheme, and weatt much rather manage their own affairs- as-, th& Bridgend Local Board was- a failure from th* beginning. The Chrirman then called upos Mr W. Sh Wil- liams to read the first resolution, which was- as follows:—'That this meeting- of ratepayers are strongly of opinion that it is exceedingly, uaadvis- j able to incorporate the parishes- of: Newcastle i Higher and Ynisawdre into'the Bridgend Local ] Board, and that this meeting respectfully, petitions i the Local Government Board to appoint" an inde- pendent inquiry into the wants-ef sad. Mr W. S. Williams said that he was- satisfied that their County Council member, Mr T. Jt Hughes, had done his best for them, anclwas-of i ojynion that now was the time to fight to the bitter-end., and not have the thing forced upon them; I Messrs Street, Humphrys, T. Williams (Bryn- menin), Job, Trenwith, and otbera spoke to the 1 resolution, which was carried unanimously. The Chairman then called upon Mr E- Matthewa. to read the next resolution, which waft- ae follows: —'That this meeting pledges itself' to do its utmost to canvass the district in order, to comply with th& Local Government Act, and further that a com- mittee be formed to cairy out the provisions, and. that the following act as committee: Thomas, Thos Jones, Humphrys, Street, David. Williams,Crocker, Job, Thos Williams (Brynmeuia^. j John Rees (Brynmenin), W. Trenwith-. (Brynmenin). 1 It was agrted that Mr Trenwith be the convener of the committee's meetings. A vote of thanks was passed; to the Chairman*. which brought the best meeting to a close whiobi has been held at Aberkenfig for a long time. Mr D. P. Thomas asked the question whether tji&t meeting could do anything concerning the magis- trates' question, and it was-decided that Mr Tren- with be asked to. calLa, public-meeting in TondtL Schoolroom at an early date to take the question. into consideration.
MARRIAGE OF MISS BLANDY JENKINS. On Tuesday afternoon, at St George's, Hanover-square, London, W., the marriage took place of Mr Leolin Forestier-Walker, youngest son of Sir George Forestier-Walker, Bart., of Castletown, Newport, Monmouth- shire, and Miss Blandy-Jenkins, eldest daughter of Mr John Blandy-Jenkins, of Llanbarran, Glamorganshire, and Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. The Rev David Ander- son, M.A. (vicar of St George's), officiated. There were four little bridesmaids-Miss Kemys-Tynte, Miss Margaret Blandy, and the Misses Gladys and Muriel Faber. They wore pretty frocks of white muslin, trimmed with embroidery and lace, and sashes and rosettes of yellow ribbon, together with white chip hats, ornamented with yellow ribbons and flowers. They carried, instead of the ordinary bouquet, tall white wands, with yellow and blue ribbons fastened to the top, and each wore a gold and sapphire bangle, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridegroom was supported by his brother, Captain F. Walker, who acted as best man. Mr Blandy Jenkins gave his daughter away. She selected a bridal.gown of rich cream satin, the front of the skirt being covered with small pearls, full court train, tulle veil, and wreath of orange blossoms. Her bouquet, which was of unusual size, was composed of rare white exotics. After the ceremony Mrs Blandy Jenkins gave a large reception at the Burlington Hotel, and later in the afternoon Mr and Mrs L. Forestier-Walker left for Cefn Mably, South Wales, lent by Mr and Mrs Kemeys-Tynte, where the first days of the honeymoon are to be spent. Among those present at the church, and afterwards at the reception, were Sir William and Lady fttyle, Georgina Countess of Seafield and Mrs Graham, Mr and Mrs Kemeys-Tynte, and Miss Lloyd, Miss Aldsworth, Misses L. Sainsbury, Mr and Mrs Dudley Jenkins, Misses Milman, Mr Galloway, Mrs Miles, Mr Napier Miles, Mr and Mrs Jenkins, jun., Mrs Tudor Crawshay, Mr E B Faber, Capt Walter Faber, Miss Walker, Mrs Dickins, Mrs Faber, Mrs Bourne, Mr and Mrs Lewis, Mr R Blandy, Col and Miss Morgan, Mr Arthur Morgan, Mr, Mrs and Miss Blandy, Capt Lionel Lindsay,Col., Mrs and Miss Lindsay Mr and Mrs W R Randall, Mrs Duffield, Misa Duffield, Mr George Duffield, Mrs Godfrey Clarke, Miss Lowndes Walker, and Mr and Lady Catherine Morgan, etc. The presents were very numerous and costly, and included many articles of plate, jewellery, art and furniture a list of which we hope to be able to publish next week. PRINTED AND PUBLISHED (for the Proprietors) by JOHN EVANS, Glamorgan Jtia* Wyndham Street, and Queea Street,Biidgoni* FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1894%