MEETINGS IN PUBLIC-HOUSES. MR. LAWS' APPLICATION GRANTED. In the Queen's Bench Dieision on Saturday— before Mr. JUSTICE WILLS and Mr. JUSTICE WEIGHT.
EX PARTE LAW—IX THE MATTER OF AN ELECTION OF PARISH COUNCILLOB FOR LLANTWIT LOWER, GLAMORGANSHIRE. This was an application on the part of Mr Edmnnd Law, financier, Neath, a gentleman who had been elected as Parish Councillor for Llaatwit Lower, Glamorganshire, for relief against the penalties of a violation of the provisions of the Municipal Elections Act, on the ground of inadver- tence. Such applications are rarely opposed, and, on affidavits of mistake or inadvertance, are or- dinarily allowed, as appear in many cases in The Times Law Reports since 1889, when Mr Justice Wills sat (with Mr Baron Huddleston) to hear 200 such cases. The present application, however, on the part of the candidate returned at the head of the poll was strenuously opposed on the part of seven opposing candidates under circumstances rather remarkable, the Municipal Elections Corrupt Practices Act of 1884 (47 and 4& Vict., c. 70, s. 16) prohibiting the use of premises at public-houses, &c., for committee rooms or meetings. Any premises licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor for con- sumption on or off the premises, &c., shall not, for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of a candidate, be used either as a committee room or for holding a meeting and if any person hires or uses any such premises in contravention of the enactment, he shall be guilty of an illegal hiring- The instruction issued by the Local Government Board in September last as to election of parish councillors (sec. 35, ss. 7) says:—Nothing in the Act shall render it unlawful to hold a meeting for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of a candidate to the office of parish coumcillor on any licensed or other premises not situate in an urban sanitary district or in the Administrative County of London." (This was a rural district). There had been a pamphlet issued by the Fabian Society, entitled "Fabian Tract, No. 53. The Parish Council Act; What it ie, and how to work it," in whieh, at page 4, it is said :—"Meetings about the candidature of parish councillors or rural district councillors may lawfully be held in public- houses or on other licensed premises." And this, being issued by a political society opposed to the candidate, had, it was said, misled him. The notice of application was :—" In the matter of the election of E. Law as a member to serve on the parish council for the Melincythan Ward ot the parish of Llantwit Lower, in Glamorganshire. Notice was given of an application that the use by the said E. Law, on the 7th, 10th, and 14th days of December, 189., of a room in certain premises, licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor, known as the Eaglesbush Inn, Melincrythan, in the parish of Llantwit, as a committee room for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election, may be declared and allowed by the Court to be an exception from the provisions of the Act, which would otherwise make the same an illegal practice, and not from any want of good faith." The application was supported by an affidavit by the applicant Mr Law (who was returned at the head of the poll) that on December 5th he applied to the local managers of the Melincrythan schoolroom in the ward for the purpose of obtaining the use of the schoolroom for holding committee and public meetings in order to promote his election, but he was unable to make arrangements for holding the meetings in that schoolroom, which he stated was the only available public room in the ward. (There was a vestry of the Baptist Chapel, but it was stated that it was not known it would be available). That his attention was directed to the fact that it was not unlawful to hold a meeting, for the purpose of promoting his election, on any licensed premises when they are not situate in an urban sanitary district, and thereupon, the parish of Llantwit being in a rural district, he made arrangements to take, and did take, a room in certain licensed premises at the Eaglesbush Inn, Melincrythan, for the purpose of holding public meetings to promote his election, aad duly held public meetings for the purpose, and on each of these occasions a committee meeting of his supporters was held, through inadvertence and not from any want of good faith, in order to pro- mote his election. The room in which the meetings were held is set apart as a club room for the use of friendly societies, and is not used in the ordinary business of the public-house. He had, he said, been nines advised that the exception mtroduced in Rule 36 of the Parish Councillors' Election Order, issued by the Local Government Board, only extended to election meetings, and not to election business which is usually transacted in a committee room, and that through his inadvertence, and not for any want of good faith on his part, he might be held to be liable of illegality in using the room as a committee room, and that he had had no legal advice before the hiring of the room, and that he did not use it as a per- manent committee meeting room, and that he did not know that he was in any way infringing the provisions of the Act, and that he derived his know- ledge of the law from the tract of the Fabian Society. This affidavit was supported by others, and on the other hand, there were affidavits on the part of the opponents with a view to show that Mr leiw was quite aware of the illegal use of the room for treating, &c., which was entirely denied. Mr Gully, Q.C., with Mr Ivor Roweu (instructed by Messrs Cuthberteon and Powell, Neath) appeared for the applicant in support of the application, and, first, suggested a question whether, in fact, the room was used as a "committee room" within the enactment. [The Court, however, thought that it was.] Then it is submitted it is a case for indul- gence, as it clearly appears that the use of it as a committee room was a mere inadvertence. Mr S. T. Evans, M.P., (instructed by Mr Tom Williams, Neath) appeared for the opponents, seven gentlemen who had been candidates, and urged that it appeared on the affidavits that the use of the room as a committee room was not by inad- vertence, but that Mr Law was aware of the illegality and a conversation was sworn to (though denied) in which he was stated to have said that he relied on obtaining relief. A "poster" exhibited by Mr Law's own committee stated that a room in licensed premises could not be used either for a committee room or for a public meeting, and he had been previously a candidate at nine or ten other elections and it must be taken that he was aware of the illegal use of the room. He cited the case of Ex parte Montefiore" (5 Law, Times Reports, 78). [Mr Justice Wills alluded to a similar case in which the excuse in a similar case was allowed]. Mr Justice Wills, in giving judgment, observed that these cases depended necessarily upon the cir- cumstances in each, which was illustrated by the cas&tSF^J&c parte Montefiore." It was unfortunate that the law on the subject was rather complicated. Instead of having a clear set of rules, there was first an enactment incorporating th<j enactments and rules which regulated municipal elections, and then there were rngrafted upon them rules issued by the Local Government Board nor was this all, for the Fabian Society then issued a tract, which appeared to have been largely circulated, and which was certainly calculated to make the subject still more obscure than it was before. And in the rules issued by the Local Government Board there was a pro- vision that it should be lawful to hold committee meetings in such rooms. But, however (as if it was some qualification of the clause)—and then came the exception in favour of holding meetings in licensed premises under such circumstances. The case for the applicant was that he was under a mistake, and fell into the mistake-honestly, and that he fell into it in a great degree through the Fabian Society tract, which undoubtedly contained an erroneous statement, which might naturally produce an impression that meetings might be held in such rooms. There was no reason to suppose that this representation was untrue, aad all the probabilities were in its favour. The candidate h^i applied for the use of the schoolroom and failed to obtain it, and so was in a strait. It was not to be supposed that relief ought to be the less administered because the mistake was 00 a matter of law. The excuse had been often allowed where there had been a mUtake in fact; au, for instance, where the candidate was not aware that the ro)m was a part of the licensed premises. He had himself been a member of the Court which in 1889, sat and heard about 200 of these applications, and he remembered that there were several of that class. He could not see that the applicant was less entitled to relief because he had made a mistake as to the construction of rather obscure legislation—made more obscure by commentaries not authoritative, and which were calculated to mislead, especially when issued by persons in an official position. He thought that this applicant might well have been misled and led into a mistake. It was incredible that, if he had been aware of the law, he would have run his head into a noose by wilfully violating the law. There was an attempt to make out a case of treating, but he had never seen a case more trivial. The excuse, however, if allowed, would not cover any corrupt practice," but would only excuse an "illegal practice" on the ground of inadvertence. It would be impossible to determine the case npon grounds so singularly insufficient. There was no ground for refusing the application, which, there- fore, would be allowed, the applicant not receiving costs, but not paying any to his opponents. Mr Justice Wright concurred. Mr Evans urged that the opponents were entitled to costs, but The Court said it was in their discretion, and on the affidavits they certainly should not allow the opponents' costB.-Times.
NEATH COUNTY POLICE. FRIDAY.—Before Messrs W. P. Struve, J. B. Paddon, and M. G. Roberts. DRUNKENNESS. John Evans, collier, Skewen, was fined 53 and costs; Wm Harris, stoker, Bryncoch; Watkin Morgan, collier, Resolven Rees Hopkins, haulier, Resolven and Richard Phillips, labourer, Pont-Neath-Vaughan, each 7s 6d and costs for drunkenness. ILLEGAL MEASURE. Thomas Howells, licensed victualler, Neath Abbey, was fined 20s and and costs for selling beer in a measure styled a sleever," which was not in accordance with the Imperial Standard. DRIVING WITHOUT LIGHTS. John Norman, haulier, Neatb, was fined 7s 6d and costs, and George Sumpte, Swansea, 10s and costs, for driving without lights. DOG LICENCE. John Edward Jenkins, brass founder, Cadoxton, was fined 10s and costs for keeping a dog without a licence. SATURDAY.—Before Mr Wm Leyson and Mr Edward Davies. ASSAULT ON POLICE. David Jenkins, steelworker, Briton Ferry, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and with assaulting Police-constable Ebenezer Rees at Briton Ferry on the previous night. Defendant who was proved to have bebaved in a most turbulent manner, was fined 15a and costs. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Patrick Collins, a travelling hawker, was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Briton Ferry on Friday night. Police-inspector Protheroe gave evidence, and defendant in default of paying a fine of 5s and costs, was sent to gaol for seven days.
TERRIBLE BURNING FATALITY AT ABERKENFIG. On Saturday County Coroner Cuthbertson held an inquest at the Angel Inn, Aberkenfig, near Bridgend, touching the death of Mary Jenkins, aged five, daughter of William Jenkins, a puddler, living at 40, Park-terrace, Aberkenfig. William Jenkins, fatner of the deceased, said his wife had occasion to go to Bridgend on the morning of the llth inst., and she took the deceased to the house of her sister-in-law, at 33, Park-terrace. Elizabeth Howells, of 33, Park-terrace, said the deceased was brought to her house on Tuesday morning. Soon after that she went across the road, and left the deceased with two of her little children, aged four years and one year and eight months, in the kitchen. She returned in about ten minutes and found the deceased on fire. She called the neighbours, but saw the child was dead. The child was a mass of flames, and was lying on her back. It was a habit of her's to play with the fire. Dr Richards said he was sent for to 33, Park- terrace, and found the deceased dead on the settle. She was extensively burned all over the body, right down to the knees. The neck and chest were deeply burned, and the arms were much in the same state. The face was much disfigured. All the upper part of the clothing was burnt. The cause of death was shock, due to extensive burns. Death must have been almost immediate. He thought the child must have been burning about 15 minutes to have burned to such an extent. The Coroner summed up the evidence, and com- mented in strong terms upon the extreme carelessness of people leaving young children alone in a room exposed to the dangers of an unprotected fire. The Jury found a verdict of "Accidental Death," adding a recommendation that fire guards should be used in rooms where young children were left.
PYLE NOTES. [BY OBSERVER.] STABLE CANT. In last week's issue a nameless correspondent struggled hard, but unsuccessfully, to appear witty in his endeavour to give the pedigrees of the Pyle biped Parish Council racers. It is a pity that such an arduous task should have fallen into the hands of an individual who certainly is neither conversant with stable logic, or blessed with an easy method of writing English. Nevertheless he is courageous and venomous enough to dub one gentleman "Turncoat. It is natural and necessary for a man to turn his coat sometimes, but there are "turncoats" and "turncoats," and the gentleman who is thus unjustly christened has no more relation to a "selfish turncoat" than his reviler has to a writer. As I am attracted by his style, I would therefore merit the reproach of ingratitude if I did not notice the following Malt," "bad-tempered, but goes well in single and double harness if tcell trained." Is this English as taught by a hedge schoolmaster when education was under a ban, or is it the incoherent jargon of an ignorant horse trainer? As the public are now too enlightened to appreciate rubbish of this kind, it will undoubtedly pay the writer better to turn his attention to some- thing which no doubt he can do more skilfully, such, for instance, as training young colts, or watching the peregrinations of a ferret in a rabbit warren. LENDING LIBBABY. It is a pity we have not some sort of a library at Pyle, or somebody generous enough to lend books to those who are desirous to acquire knowledge (no matter at whose expense). Kenfig Hill is far ahead of us in that respect, because the needs of the book- worm are always there attended to at a certain mansion, famous for its generosity. Take care my generous Kenfig Hill friends that your books are returned.
I FEAB, said the postage stamp, when it found it. ficts to a love-letter, that I'm not sticking to facts. JAGSON says his neighbour's daughter, who is learning the piano, cannot be accused of fraudulent practioe—it's all sound. Hai: Darling, do you know what a beautiful face Charley™ Wh»t are looking-glasses for,
MARGAM URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. PIGS OR NO PIGS. A meeting of the above-named Council was held on Monday, Mr E. Knox, chairman, presiding. Previous to the meeting of the Council, a deputa- tion consisting of Messrs Harris, Dyer, David, Curies, Hemfell, and others waited upon the General Purposes Committee, and laid before that body a complaint in reference to the requirement to construct works of drainage for the houses which they were building at Ffrwydwyllt. Mr Knox pointed out that the obligation to fulfil the sanitary requirements vested upon the one who had signed the plans which had been approved by the Local Board. The reasonableness of that would* he thought, be obvious to the members of the depu- tation, as they would feel that, having regard to the hundreds of houses which would be built in the district of the Council, it would be a great hardship if they had to contribute towards the cost of con- necting and making private drains. Mr Thomas James, the contractor, had signed the plans, and he must do the work. The deputation withdrew, stating that they would bring Mr James before the Council at a later stage of the meeting. The following members were present at the Council meeting :—Messrs Edward Knox, E. Davies, James Muir, William Thomas, David Rees, Llewellyn Howell, Evan Davies, W. S. J. Bray, Sydney H. Byass, Edward Jones, Thomas Grag, and Rev Thomas H. Thomas. The Finance Committe submitted to the Council a bill amounting to JE40, the costs of the recent elections. Mr S. H. Byass said it was a bill somewhat out of the regular course of the business of the Finance Committee. The Clerk wished it to be understood that the charges made did not reach his pocket. Mr LI. Howell said the charges were, in his opinion, quite reasonable. The Chairman remarked that the Clerk had to make a large number of disbursements in connec- tion with an election. The Clerk explained that the sum of .£12 would be refunded by the Guardians. It was resolved to expend the money allocated for the purpose upon the kerbing of the footpath between the Board-room and Port Talbot Station. Attention was called to the neceesity of fencing at a dangerous part of the road at Bryn. Mr William Thomas said it was dangerous but he could not understand what had become of the wood and piping which he saw there six weeks ago. The Surveyor was directed to give the matter attention. It was resolved to expend the J620 apportioned for the purpose upon extending water mains to Ffrwydwyllt. SHORT OF WATER. Mr S. H. Byass said numerous complaints had been made with reference to the failure of the water supply at Carmartheu-road. There was not sufficient water, and people in the present in- clement weather had to go as far as Tydraw Farm for water. There was a standpipe, which, how- ever needed to be made efficient. Mr Ll. Howell thought the matter was not urgent, and he moved that it be referred to the General Purposes Committee. Mr David Rees seconded. Mr S. H. Byass said he did not object to the matter being referred to the committee named, but he insisted upon its being regarded as urgent. Mr Evan Davies suggested that the General Purposes Committee be empowered to deal with the matter. Mr LI. Howell said he was in accord with Mr Byass. He had eimply meant that ic would be better to defer matters until the work could be done thoroughly. The motion was carried, aad the Committee named will report. A letter was read from Mr Heycock complaining that his wall, near a standpipe belonging to the Council, was being damaged. This and the question of a water supply for Grugos, was referred to the General Purposes Committee. Mr J. Muir gave notice that he would move at the next meeting, the re-appointment of the Roads Committee. Mr Wm. Thomas asked at whose expense the drain from the new hotel to the main sewer had been made. The Surveyor said it was at the public expense. Mr Wm. Thomas protested warmly. Mr T. Gray said the hotel would shortly be a source of revenue to the Council. Mr Wm. Thomas said that consideration did not weigh with him. He would remind the meeting that the contract included the drain and two man- holes. The matter was referred to tho General Purposes Committee. CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE. The Medical Officer of Health reported eleven cases of scarlet faver, one of diptheria (fatal). The Inspector called attention to a case of wilful exposure of a child suffering from an infectious disease, and of exposure of infected clothing. It occurred at No. 3, Lower West End, and he gave a description of the mother making visits to other houses, and receiving visits at her own house, whilst the disease (scarlet fever) was in progress. He asked the Council for instructions to take pro- ceedings in the case he had cited. Mr S. H. Byass moved that the offender be pro- secuted. Mr J. Muir seconded. The Chairman concurred, and reminded the Council that they had warned that they would punish the next case. The resolution was carried. THE USEFUL PIG. Mr Wm Thomas moved that the prohibited distance for keeping swine from any part of a dwelling-house be reduced to 50 feet. He said the keeping of pigs was an important considera- tion to a thrifty workingman, as it provided his household with perhaps £9 worth of meat. The Rev H. Thomas seconded. g Mr J. Muir supported. He said the great thing was to keep pigs clean. There was a great deal of talk about pigs causing disease, but he thought it was impossible to name a case which could be traced to the pig-stye. Mr T. Gray remarked that a pig-stye should not be more objectionable than a stable. When a man bought a pig he was bound to keep it, and that had a good effect upon the man. Mr D. Rees said the prohibited distance must be reduced to less than 50 feet to meet cases like his. Mr S. H. Byass was sorry he could not vote for the motion. A horrible stench arose from pigstyes no matter what efforts were made to keep them clean. It was no doubt a great loss to workmen to lose the results of pig keeping, but it would be worse to lose health. The 100 feet limit was not too much. Mr W. S. J. Bray asked why the limit had been increased to 100 feet. The Clerk said he believed it was due to a statement made by the Medical Officer. Mr Bray moved that the present opinions of the District Medical Officer and the County Medical Officer be obtained. This was agreed to. It was resolved to apply to the Local Govern- ment Board for an order under Section 33 of the Local Government Act, 1894, for the transfer to the Council of the duties of the vestry. Mr J. Muir moved this resolution, and Mr j Edward Davies seconded. An application from the Inspector of Nuisances for an increase of salary was referred to the Finance Committee, who are to report. A petition was read from the inhabitants of Trissent. Margam, praying for water supply. The Chairman said great inconvenience was suffered. Ho recalled that a scheme was suggested for Kenfig Hill which would have embraced Trissent. This was, however, abandoned. It was proposed to give a one-inch supply, but an amendment that a plan and estimate be furnished, was carried. Before the conclusion of the meeting, Mr Thos James, contractor, attended, and the Chairman pointed out to him what his duties were in con- nection with the plans of houses at Ffrwydwyllt which he had signed.
MIRACLE AT A RECTORY. ♦ STRANGE OCCURRENCE IN SUFFOLK. Three or four months back we told (says the Essex Telegraph) the story of the miraculous cure of a young woman of Great Bentley, whose friends had despaired of her life. A second case, which a representative of the Essex Telegraph investigated more recently, confirms what was reported on that occasion. A new and wonderfully simple every- day remedy has been found, different and apart from ordinary medicine, and remarkably efficacious in very diverse diseases. The Telegraph reporter called at Brantham Rectory, and saw Mrs Emily Youngs, who at once confirmed certain rumours of her extraordinary recovery which had provoked the reporter's visit. Thank God," said she, I can work and sleep now, and if there are any who suffer as I did, I shall be only too glad to tell them how to get relief." In the beginning of 1894," Mrs Youngs con- tinued, "I was attacked with rheumatic pains in the arm, so severe that it became practically use- less. I could not work; I could not sleep I could not raise my hand to my head, and had to get assistance in dressing. I tried embrocations, but got no relief and then I had the advantage of careful attention from a skilled doctor, and went to Ipswich for treatment, but came back no better and feeling quite unable to carry out my house- keeping duties, I made arrangements to relinquish them. Just then I read in one of the local papers of a wonderful cure effected by the aid of Dr Williams' Pills for Pale People, and I resolved to give them a trial. After taking one box I was much better. I bought a second box, and by the time I had got half way through its contents I was quite well. My arm had completely recovered, and I was also feeling better in health generally than I had done for many months. The cure was complete, and I think Dr Williams' Pink Pills are a splendid medicine. I am able now to work, and to carryout my house-keeping dutieswith pleasure. There are many poor suffering creatures who ought to know that they can find relief in Dr Williams' Pink Pills." Dr Williams' Pink Pills are a perfect blood and nerve restorer, and an unfailing cure for rheuma- tism, sciatica, neuralgia, partial paralysis, loco- motor ataxy, St. Vitus' dance, nervous headache, prostration, &c. Dr Williams' Pink Pills restore pale and sallow complexions to the glow of health, and are a specific for all the troubles peculiar to the female sex while, in the case of men, they effect a radical cure in all cases arising from mental worry, overwork, or excesses of whatever nature. The Pills are sold by all chemists, or may be had direct from Dr Williams' Medicine Company, of 46, Holborn-viaduct, London, at 20 9d a box, or six boxes for 138 9d. Dr Williams' Pink Pills are never sold loose; the wooden box trust be in a pink wrapper bearing the fullllame, Dr Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People.
BRITON FERRY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL. On Thursday evening the first meeting of the Briton Ferry Urban District Council was held, the chair was occupied by Mr M. G. Roberts, J.P., there were also present—Messrs J. Hill, A. Steel, D. Davies, W. D. Jones, W. Phillips, and J. A. Jeffreys. The Gas Manager's report showed that the quantity of coal carbonized during the month ending December 31st, 121 tons producing 1,313,600 cubic feet of gas, giving an average of 7,902 cubic of gas to the ton of coal used. The average illuminating power of the gas during the month being 17.25 candles. The report also showed that the consump- tion of gas exceeded the corresponding month of last year by 239,500 cubic feet, and gas sales jE159 6s 2d. The list of arrears was gone through, and the usual orders made against defaulters. The Sexton's report was read which showed ten interments, 8 in the un-consecrated and 2 in the consecrated portion. The Medical Officer's report showed that there had been registered in the district 13 births and 5 deaths, giving a birth rate of 26, and a death rate of 10 per 1000 of the inhabitants; and that the district was free from infectious disease. The Surveyor's report stated that the Inspector from the Board of Trade, had been down a few daj s ago inspecting the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway, and was met by the chairman, Mr M. G. Roberts, Messrs A. Steel, and J. Hill, and that the various points at which they felt not satisfied with, were pointed out to him. The report also called attention to the iron out-fall sewer pipe, which the Surveyor stated that he was of opinion that very great relief would be afforded bp the removal of the pipe objected to by Mr Lewisi and the Surveyor also felt sure that no injurious affect will be caused either to the health of the town, or damage done to the river, an open channel of brick or stone could easily be made which would neither be injurious or unsightly, and thought the Council should use every means to obtain this relief. The report also asked the Council to put an additional road-man on for three months. Mr Hill said that in a conversation a few days ago, Mr Lewis expressed a desire to meet the wishes of the board as far as lay in his power. It was resolved that the Clerk write Mr Lewis asking him if he will be good enough to fix a time to meet the Sanitary Committee on the spot, and that Mr W. H. P. Jenkins be asked to be present. Mr Phillips moved that an additional roadman be employed for three months as requested by the Surveyor, which was seconded by Mr Davies. Mr Phillips moved, seconded by Mr Hill, that o letter be written Mr Palmer, contractor, asking him to at once put the streets in proper order that had been broken up by him. EQUALITY OF VOTES. The Clerk said he had written the Local Govern- ment Board on the question of the equality of votes, and had received a reply to the effect that the Urban District Council would have to decide the matter. Mr Hill and Mr Jeffreys had the same number of votes at the last election. Mr Jeffreys said as two of the members were absent, he would prefer waiting until the next meeting. Mr Hill coincided with Mr Jeffreys. PENALTY OF RESIGNATION. It was moved by Mr Phillips that a penalty of one shilling be inflicted upon any member resigning his position as District Councillor, which was seconded by Mr Davies. MISCELLANEOUS. A letter was read from Lady Swansea, thanking the Council for their letter of condolence. Moved by Mr Hill, seconded by Mr Phillips, that application be made to the Local Government Board to appoint their own overseer.—Carried. The Chairman at great length explained the bpsis on which the town of Briton Ferry was assessed. The Inspector's report showed that he had served several notices upon the owner of the Briton Ferry Brickworks to abate the nuisance which was caused by a portable engine belonging to the above works, which the inspector showed could be very easily done by the smoke being carried "with very little expense to a stack which was in close proximity and owned by the same proprietors.—Ic was unanimously carried that proceedings be taken at once against the pro- prietors. Mrs Mort was appointed cleaner of the Council room.
THE SWANSEA DISTRICT SEAT. THE DELEGATES AT NEATH. MR. D. BRYNMOR JONES ADOPTED. TAe Swansea District Liberal Association met at the Liberal Club, Neath, on Saturday, Mr Freeman, of Swansea, the president, in the chair. A meeting of leaders was held prior to the delegates meeting. Both Mr D. Brynmor Jones, Q.C., M.P., and Mr Llewellyn Williams were present. The situation was discussed, and it was shown that if the delegates were called upon to vote, the division would yield the following resultMr Llewellyn Williams, 67 votes; Mr Brynmor Jones, 114 votes- Mr Llewellyn Williams accordingly withdrew, and the business was thus practically completed before the delegates assembled. At the delegates meeting Mr Freeman was supported on the platform by Alderman W. H. Edwards (Mayor of Swansea), Mr Hopkin Morgan (Mayor of Neath), Mr H. J. Thomas (secretary of the association), Mr Dd. Isaac (Swansea), Rev T. W. George (Neath), and Mr E. Davies, J.P. (Caewern). The was a full attendance of delegates. The Chairman said that the delegates present would note that subsequent to the last meeting a meeting had been held and a resolution passed by the delegates appointed. He had been going to submit a programme of the orders of the afternoon, but before doing so one of the candidates, Mr Llewellyn Williams wished to say a word or two to the Council. Mr Llewellyn Williams, who was received with loud cheers, said that on hearing what the secretary was reading, it sounded to him like a chapter of ancient history, so long a period had elapsed since their last meeting. He pointed out to the delegates present that it was at the instigation of the Liberal Association that he consented to come forward as a candidate (hear hear and applause). From the beginning he had said that he was willing to abide by the decision of the Association, even though the verdict may be against him (hear hear, and applause). He had felt that it would be unfair to the selected candidate to submit any name to the Association unless it was that of a gentleman pre- pared to abide by what the Association should decide. In order, if possible, to avoid any declara- tion of feeling, and in order to provide unanimity that day and make it possible to Lave unanimity to- morrow, he wished to ask them for their consent to withdraw his name from the list of candidates. Without their consent he was unable to withdraw his name (hear, hear), but if they were willing, he was willing now to withdraw in favour of Mr Brynmor Jones (applause). He would now retire for a few moments and come back, and perhaps he would have a word or two to say later on (cheers). The Chairman said they had the words of Mr Llewelyn Williams that he would, with the consent of the meeting, allow his name to be withdrawn from the contest. If that was the pleasure of the meeting would the delegates say Aye." A volume of ayes" was the response. THE CANDIDATE SELECTED. The Chairman said that in that case he thought that that had been the means of shortening their work that afternoon very much indeed (hear, hear). They had now only one candidate before the Council. He had very much pleasure in moving that Mr Brynmor Jones should be selected as the candidate to contest the Parliamentary seat in the Swansea District at the next General Election (cheers). He trusted that Mr Llewelyn Williams's words would weigh with every Liberal throughout the constituency—(hear, hear)—and that although they came there divided, they would be unanimous to-morrow (applause). Mr David Phillips seconded, and said that he hoped now that Mr Williams and Mr Harris had retired that they would be as one (hear, he&r). The resolution was unanimously carried. At this stage Mr Brynmor Jones and Mr Llewellyn Williams entered the room together amidst loud cheers. On ascending the platform both gentlemen cordially shook hands, and took seats next to one another alongside the chairman. The Chairman then announced to Mr Brynmor Jones the unanimous vote just carried in his favour. Mr Brynmor Jones, who was greeted with repeated bursts of applause, including a round for Mrs Jones, addressed himself to the President, chairman of the committees of district, the delegates of the Liberal Association of the district, Mr Llewellyn Williams, and Mr Dd. Harris, thanked the meeting most heartily for the very great honour that they had conferred upon him by selecting him as their candidate at the next general election. He felt most deeply touched when he looked around that crowded meeting and thought of all it involved for him personally, because he felt persuaded that their selection of a candidate was to all intents and purposes an election to the House of Commons- (Hear, hear.) In effect, they asked him to follow in the footsteps of the late Mr Dillwyn, the late Lord Swansea, and their present member, Mr Wm. Williams. It would be his earnest effort to carry out their wishes as a. Liberal Association. He was sure that the Liberal party were united enough to secure the return of the candidate they had chosen, in spite of the gentleman in the field, whom he would not call a Liberal—(laughter)—but a pseudo Liberal, perhaps, would be more proper. (Laughter and cheers.) Mr Llewellyn Williams congratulated Mr Brynmor Jones upon the very great honour and the very great responsibility that had fallen to his lot by his unanimous election that day. He also congra- tulated the Swansea District electorate which had the privilege of securing the services of a dis- tinguished Welshman and a thorough Radical. In conclusion Mr Williams thanked those concerned for the very pleasant manner in which they had helped to carry everything through smoothly. Mr David Harries, who was well received, said that when he discovered that Mr Brynmor Jones had definitely decided to become a candidate, he at once withdrew, and he considered that the unanimity of feeling which prevailed at this afternoon's con- ference, perfectly justified his action. On the motion of Mr Brynmor Jones, seconded by Mr Llewellyn Williams, a vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman, and the proceedings ter- minated. A CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE PROBABLE. A representative of the Glamorgan Gazette had an interview later in the evening with a local Conser- vative leader, who said the Conservatives would certainly bring out a candidate if both Mr Hedley and Mr Brynmor Jones stood. A three-cornered fight would present special attractions to the Con. servative party in the Swansea District.
ACHES AND SPRAINS!—When a Peer out in the Mountains of Chinese Tartary gives a Panamik coolie some Ellimans' Embrocation to rub in for a sprain and the coolie drinks it by mistake, and ex- claims, It is good," you have evidence that Elli- man's Embrocation is harmless. Proof" To one of the Panamik coolies, who had sprained his knee I gave some Etiiman's Embrocation, in one of one tin tea. cups, and thought I had made him under- stand he was to rub it in, but to my horror, and before I could stop him, he swallowed the lotion, and in a very short space of time was sprawling on his stomach, choking and spluttering; but as soon as he recovered his breath, he got up and salaamed, Baying it was very good. So, as no seemed quite pleased and none the worse, I did not enlighten him as to his mistake."—Page 13. Quoted from "The Pamirs," by the Earl of Dunmore, F.R.G.S., 1895. Ellinnan's Universal Embrocation for Rheumatism, lumbago. Sprains, Bruises, Cuts, Sore throat from Cold, Chest Colds, Stiffness, Cramp, Bronchitis, &c., is an excellent good thing. Is. lid and 2s. 9et Prepared only by Elliman, Sons, and Co., Slough. England. 492,
MAYORAL DINNER AT ABERAVON. MR EDWARD KNOX AND THE PORT TALBOT DOCKS. WORK TO BE COMMENCED IN A FEW WEEKS. In accordance with usual precedent, the Mayor of Aberavon (Mr Lewis Lewis, J.P.) entertained at dinner in the Public Hall, Aberavon, on Thursday evening, the members of the Town Council and officials, and there were also present, by invitation, Mr Curtis (town clerk, Neath), Mr Edward Knox, J.P., Mr L. H. Byass, J.P., Mr D. E. Jones, Mr W. J. Baron (deputy harbour master), Mr George Longdon, Mr Martin Jenkins, Mr John Davies (con- tractor), Mr Henry Jones (maltster), Mr W. J. S. Bray, Mr J. R. Lewis, and the Revs. H. Morris (vicar), J. Foulkes (Tabernacle), J. R. Davies (Bethany), and Thomas Richards (English Baptist) and others. Miss E. W. Jones, of the Walnut Tree Hotel, provided an excellent spread. The Mayor, before entering on the toast list, read letters of apology for non-attendance from Sir John Jones Jenkins, Colonel Wright, Mr Wm. Williams, M.P., the Mayors of Swansea and Neath, Major David, Mr R. W. Llewellyn, Mr G. H. Davey, and others. The toast of "The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family" was then proposed by the Mayor in loyal terms, and drunk with musical honours. The next toast was that of The Army, Navy, and Reserve Forces," proposed by Mr J. Maddan (Glamorganshire Bank), Dr Arnallt Jones respond- ing. The toast of The Ministers of all Denomina- tions" fell to Mr W. S. J. Bray, and the Vicar (the Rev. H. Morris) and the Rev. J. R. Davies replied. The Mayor" was proposed by the ex-Mayor (Councillor H. J. Stokes) in eulogistic terms, and replied to by the Mayor, who, in the course of his remarks, referred to the opening up of the Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway, and its industrial im- portance to the district. He congratulated the directors, who had, he said, in the teeth of every obstacle and difficulty, accomplished their mission (applause). The Mayor also referred to the inaugu- ration of the Port Talbot Docks scheme, and paid a high tribute to the efforts of Mr Edward Knox, and to Miss Talbot in particular, who, he said, had em- barked on the undertaking, not because she was the charitable lady as they all knew, but because she was becoming a public benefactor (loud applause). "The Aldermen," "The Members of the Town Council," "The Officeis of the Town Council," and "The Visitors" were other toasts that followed. Mr Edward Knox, called upon to propose the toast of The Town and Trade," said he did not quittfshare the views of Councillor Charles Jones that the towns of Aberavon and Taibach should be amalgamated. He thought that would do away with the spirit of friendly rivalry which existed, and as things were they were vieing with each other which could have the best buildings, water supply, streets, &c. Referring to the Port Talbot Docks, he said that no doubt progress had been slow, but it had been sure. It had taken a much longer time than one expected to lay the foundations of a company which had over half a million of capital, but he believed the directors had gone about the business in a right way. They had secured a chairman who was one of the highest ornaments in the House of Lords—(applause)—a gentleman who was fighting for the America Cup—(renewed applause)—and who never knew when he was beaten. They had also secured the services of a board of directors who, they were told in London, were equal in business qualifications with the best board in the country (applause). The collieries along the route of the proposed railway had given guarantees of traffic which were almost as good as securing a dividend for the company (renewed applause). He could say much more, but as there was a director of the com- pany present (Mr Byass) he must not reveal any secrets (laughter). He might say, however, that it would only be a few weeks longer before the sound of the uavvy would be heard in the district (loud and continued applause). Mr S. H. Byass, Craigavon, and Mr John Davies, contractor, responded. The enjoyment of the proceedings was further en- hanced by vocal and instrumental music, rendered at intervals by members of the company.
THE EAGLE DINNER AT NEATH. A most agreeable gathering of workpeople of all branches employed at the Eagle Tinworks, Neath, took place at the Gwyn Hall, on Saturday night. A large number sat down to an excellent dinner, which had been provided by Mr and Mrs Thomas, of the Anchor Coffee Tavern. The ex-Mayor (Dr Davies), Councillor J. B. Davies, J.P., Councillor Hopkin Jones, J.P., Mr F. W. Gibbins, Mr E. J. Gibbins, and Mr J. E. Gibbins assisted in the car- ving operations, and the keen air having sharpened appetites the gentlemen named were kept busy. After dinner a capital entertainment, without any stiffness or starchiness about it, was provided. It consisted of songs, duets, and violin solos and duets. Mr Hitchings, Master Bertie Broad, and Master J. Broad won much applause by their violin perfor- mances. Mr J. Morgan, who is somewhat of a genius, sang a song, the words of which he com- posed in the room. The popular song "Revenge" was rendered with good taste by Mr D. Morgan. Mr W. Thomas, P.C., provoked roars of laughter by the singing of his favourite song, "I'm so chilly," a sentiment which was peculiarly in keep- ing with the state of things out of doors. There were unrestrained expressions of delight on the part of the young ladies present during the singing of the duet He is jealous" by Mr Thomas and Miss Thomas. Mr G. Hopkins, Mr H. Thomas, and Mr D. Morgan also sang songs which proved most acceptable. Mr F. W. Gibbins, in a brief .address, spoke of the good feeling which happily existed between himself and the workmen* Councillor J. B. Davies, the ex-Mayor (Dr Davies), Councillor Hopkin Jones, and Mr W. D. Williams (engine driver) also delivered suitable speeches. The pro- ceedings closed with a vote of thanks to Miss Davies (the accompanist), the singers, and the committee— Messrs J. W. Thomas. James Gorman, Alfred May, and James Buckle. The latter acknowledged the compliment on behalf of the others named and him- self. The Eagle Male Voice Party sang some choice selections in such excellent style as to give promise of fine performances in the future.
MADAME PATTI. Madame Patti-Nicolini, accompanied by Signor Nicolini and her travelling suite, passed through Neath on Saturday en route for London. The diva looked out from the midst of comfortable wraps, and was apparently in perfect health. Whilst the saloon in which she travelled was at Neath Station, Madame Patti lavished caresses upon her world-renowned pet dog, and the by-standers saw for the first time the bassinette lined with pale blue silk in which the creature condescends to take its repose. Madame Patti arrived safely at Paddington, and this com- pleted the first stage of her journey to the Continent. The dim will make an extended tour in Germany, and will give concerts at Berlin, Vienna, Leipsic, and Dresden. She will afterwards sing at Nice. In Germany she will sing several selections from Wagner. Her Majesty the Queen complimented her on her recent visit to Windsor Castle on her < excellent pronunciation of the German words. Her < enunciation, as is so well known, is perfect, so that J it is certain that she will return from Germany with i notable additions made to her triumphs. i
BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE BOARD OF GUARDIANS. THE "NEW BLOOD" MAKE THINGS HUM At the usual weekly meeting on Saturday, Mr Edmund D. Lewis presided in the absence of the Rev F. W. Edmondes, M.A (chairman), and there were present-Mrs Ranc *9 Mrs Parry, Colonel Turberville, Revs. Stephen ?\Kson, Eynon Lewis, David Davies, Thos. Howells, Messrs J. 1. D Nicholl, W. Hopkin, H. O. Irvine, D. Spencer, junr., W. Howells (Wick), J. Barrow, T. C. Jones, Griffith Edwards, W. Jones, T. Jones (Maesteg), J. H. Thomas, W. G. Loveluck, Humphries, W. Pennant. AN INFECTION QUESTION. Dr. Randall, the Medical Officer, reported that two children had been admitted into the Cottage Homes, from Cardiff, with certificates showing that they were free from infectious disease. He found, however, that one of them was suffering from a soreness in the eyes, and he suggested that the child be examined by Dr. Thompson, a Cardiff oculist, for his opinion as to whether it was an infectious case. They would then feel that they were on the safe side. Dr. Randall's recommendation was adopted. HALES IN ABUNDANCE. Mr Barrow said the male side was full so far as bedroom accommodation went, and the Master applied for six bedsteads. The Committee had in- structed him to get quotations and bring them before the Board next Saturday. The Chairman moved that the recommendation be adopted-carried. THE BOARD BOOM. The Clerk pointed out that there was a paucity of chairs in the board-room. Mr D. Spencer thereupon moved that the Master obtain prices by that day week. Mr Barrow jocosely asked where they were going to put the chairs. Mr J. H. Thomas pointed out that not only more chairs were wanted but more accommodation. They could not ask the members to remain there without providing proper accommodation for them. It required the agility of an athlete to make way past the members at present, and he thought the Board- room should be extended, or some other arrangement made. Mr J. 1. D. Nicholl thought the table was un- necessarily large. The Chairman (Mr Edmund Lewis) thought the question premature. They were a new Board and the probability was that the attendance was larger now than it would be in the near future. Anyhow if the attendance was to to continue as it ought to, they would have to discuss the matter in the near future. Mr J. H. Thomas moved that a Committee be appointed to take the matter into consideration Mr Irvine seconded. Mr W. Hopkin suggested that Mr Thomas give notice of motion. Mr Thomas agreed. AN AGENDA. Mr Pennant urged the desirability of an agenda being posted up on the door so that the Guardians might know what business was coming on, as was done in almost every other Board. At present they had no idea what was coming on, and every Guardian should know what was coming on of interest to him. Mr Barrow remarked that all business that con- cerned that Board was of interest to every Guardian. It would be this sitting for hours that would thin their number later on (laughter). Mr Pennant said every Guardian should attend to the relief business; that was their primary duty. At present they were going on in a most unbusiness- like way. The motion was carried by 14 to 12. THE COLD WEATHBB. Mr T. C. Jones called attention to a suggestion made by a Gazette correspondent, to provide fire in the waiting room. The Chairman pointed out that this matter had been before the old House Committee, and at the earliest possible moment they should see to it.
CONCERT AT CYMMER. On Monday, the 7th inst., a very successful concert was given by the St. John's Church Choir, assisted by several well-known local artistes. The chair was occupied by the Rev S. Jackson (vicar), and after he left by Mr W. H. Plummer, both of whom fulfilled their duties with tact and geniality. The accompanist was Mr J. J. Deer. The hits of the evening were undoubtedly "The Skidmore Guards (in character), and Mr Matthew Hughes' songs, "Killaloe" and" Dr Quack" (also in character), all of which fairly brought down the house, encores being loudly demanded. The Guards in their uniforms of various colours, looked a veritable "awkward squad," while the "Irishman," and the "Quack" were well im- personated. The Vicar, with his song Mentra Gwen" also received an encore, to which he responded with Y deryn pur." The Cymmer Drum and Fife Band (who very generously gave their services gratuitously) rendered their overtures in excellent and finished style, proving to the listeners that the band's reputation, which was not marred by a single defeat last year, is well deserved. The rest of the performers did their part admirably; in fact, it is hard to particularise or to criticise, the programme being, on the whole, an excellent one. The usual votes of thanks and the singing of the National Anthem brought a most pleasant evening to a close. Appended is the programme Overture—"Let the hills resound The Band Pianoforte solo-" Buehmen's dance "Miss Bertha RilIA Song (in character)-" The Pedlar Mr Thos Jones Song—"Angela ever bright and fair Mrs J. Davies Song—" The old brigade Mr W. R. James Pianoforte duet-" Westward Ho Miss Hughes and Mr J. J. Deer Song-" The wolf" Mr J. A. Jenkins Uverture-" Gems of English melody "The Band Song (in character)—"Killaloe "Mr Matthew Hughes Song—" Thinking of home Mr Fred Bartlett Song—"Mentra Gwen" Rev S. Jackson Song-" Llwybr y Wyddfa Mr Moses Bowen The Skidmore Guards (in character) under the command of Captain J. Barnfield. Song. < Mr W. Watts Song—"Hiraeth" Rev R. W. Roberts Duet (piccolo and piano).Messrs J. R. Hughes and J J FIP.FTR Song-" Flowers of May" Mrs F. Bartlett Song (comic)—" Half-past nine "Mr John Hughes Pianoforte duet—"Qui vive Miss Ward and Mr J. J. Deere Selection-" Morfa Rhuddlan, Caerphilly March The Band Song (in character)-" Dr Quack Mr Matthew Hughes Song—"Merchycadben" Mr J. A.fJenkins Song—"The slave" Mrs John Davies Finale-" God save the Queen."
NEATH TOWN COUNCIL. RESIGNATION OF THE MEDICAL OFFICER. Dr J. W. Thomas, the Neath Medical Officer of Health, who was about twelve months ago appointed to the important post indicated, was so innoyed at the failure of his application to the rown Council for an increase of sal. y that he !ent in his resignation. Council met, and tfter considering the mattei private (as usual) t was resolved to invite Dr lemmas to reconsider lis decision. Another private meeting of the Jouncil was held on Monday, at which it was innounced that Dr Thomas declined to accede to bo invitation or, in other words, that he was nfiexible. The Council accordingly accepted nO esignation. i