MAESTEG URBAN DISTRICT [ COUNCIL. 4. AN EXCITED DISCUSSION ON THE WARD QUESTION. LIVELY PASSAGES-AT-ARMS. The second periodical meeting of this authority was held on Tuesday afternoon. Present—Messrs J. Barrow (chairman), J. Boyd Harvey, Dr Thomas, T)r Davies, T. B. Boucher, J. H. Thomas, D. Beynon, T. Jones, W. Griffiths, Evan Williams and Rhys Rhys. It having been decided at the last meeting to admit the public to the Council meetings, about a dozen ratepayers availed themselves of the innovation. After the reading of the minutes, Mr Hacvey suggested that it should be inserted that the chairman had been elected till April, but the Clerk pointed out that that was provided by the Act. Another item in the minutes was objected to by Dr Davies. A meeting was therein referred to as "a ratepayers' meeting," whereas Dr Davies pointed out that it was nothing less than a meeting to return thanks convened by the chairman's party. Dr Thomas remarked that it was a meeting of the ratepayers of the East and West Wards. Dr Davies It was a meeting of your party. Mr Harvey said it was not fair to call it a rate- payers' meeting. He was a ratepayer, but he did not know of the object of the meeting nor of the meeting itself. Dr Davies The meeting did not reflect the feeling of the ratepayers. Dr Thomas The result of the election proves it. Dr Davies It was a meeting of the chairman and his party. The Chairman You are coining words there. Dr Thomas But what does the chairman's party mean but the majority. Eventually the Clerk inserted Dr Davies' objec tion. "TE BARROW(U:\I) LAUDAMUS." Mr Jones moved a resolution to the effect that the Council was desirous to place on record its congratulations to Mr Barrow as having been elected Chairman of the Board, and as such a Magistrate of the County. Mr Barrow, he said, was the first Magistrate in connection with the Maesteg District Council, and had not been appointed by any influence such as that of the Lord Lieutenant or the Lord Chancellor, but by the direct voice of the people. That was an honour to any man, and the people of Maesteg were proud that the office had been bestowed on Mr Barrow, knowing as they did that be would carry out the duties with integrity and ability. Mr Williams seconded, observing that the people were glad that they had a J.P. who had lived among them for so many years. Mr Harvey remarked that he was glad to see Mr Jones supporting the new movement of elect- ing magistrates by the people. Maesteg seemed to be getting out of the old-fashioned Toryism, and he was very pleased to see it. He hoped Mr Barrow would not be too hard upon poor fellows who were hauled up for trespassing and such offences, as he read in the papers they bad a very rough time of it at Bridgend. He hoped Mr Barrow would have consideration for the poor, and nooorend trespassers to prison for a month. Dr Davies said he could honestly say that he was quite pleased to see Mr Barrow a Justice of the Peace. He was quite worthy of the honour. He differed from Mr Barrow on many points, but they agreed to differ. Mr Griffiths added his congratulations, and remarked that he did not want to be too lenient on poachers nor too severe—but something reasonable" (laughter). The motion having been carried, The Chairman returned thanks, and said as his term of office was short he hoped no poachers would come before him (hear, hear, and laughter). THE ROAM. A letter was read from Mr Lloyd Edwards, county surveyor, stating with regard to the ques- tion of the two roads, towards the maintenance of which the Maesteg Council applied for contribu- tion, that the matter would be dealt with by the Roads and Bridges Committee of the County Council, to be held on the 21st instant. The Clerk explained that this was in reply to a request of the late Board, and it was stated that the money due to the late Board, and also to the Council, would be included in the March estimate. A letter was also read from Mr W. Y. Davies, as agent for the house owners, with reference to kerbing and channelling in front of their houses. The Clerk explained that the old Board had suggested to certain people that if they would do the paving, the Board would do the kerbing and channelling. He added that a similar application to that of Mr W. Y. Davis, had also been received from Mr John Edmunds. The matter was referred to the Building Com- mittee. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. A letter was read from Mr Mansel Franklen, Clerk to the County Council, calling attention to the desirability of printing the Medical Officer's reports and it was decided to do so. IMPORTANT PROPOSALS. A letter was read from Councillor David Davies, expressing regret at being unable to attend the meeting through iilness, and giving notice that he would move at the next meeting (1) that the time has arrived to provide recreation spaces for the young people of the district; and (2) that in- asmuch as we have three Justices of the Peace for Maesteg, that petition be made at next Quarter Sessions, to hold a Police Court at Maesteg. A WARM DISCUSSION. Mr S. H. Stockwood sent in an account of expenses in regard to the late enquiry respecting the division of the district wards, which he understood were to be paid by the Local Board, and asking the Clerk to appoint a day to attend the taxation before Mr Franklen, Clerk -to the County Council. Dr. Davies remarked that the late Local Board did not employ Mr Stockwood. Mr Harvey (to the Clerk) Did you employ him ? The Clerk I did not. Mr Haryey Have you anything on the minute hooks ? The Clerk No. The order of the Committee wad that the costs incidental to the enquiry should be paid by the Local Board. My impiession is that the Local Board had nothing to do with the employing of Mr Stockwood. The Chairman Although the Committee of the County Council recommended that. The Clerk I understand these costs are appli- cable to the County Council only. r The Chairman I should think it is a question between our Clerk and the Clerk of the County Council, so as to have the legal bearings of it. Dr. Thomas observed that the County Council Committee held the enquiry in response to the ratepayers. The old Board ignored it. Ib was held in response to the request made by the rate- payers, and as we are the representatives of the ratepayers, we have to deal between the rate- [ payers and the County Council. Mr Harvey said he took it that the persons who employed Mr Steckwood, should pay him. Dr. Thomas: The ratepayers will have to pay ('. it. Mr Harvey: Out of their individual pockets then. The Chairman Is it your wish that the matter be deaJt with by the clerk ? Mr J. H. Thomas said he thought the matter should be threshed out. The bill had been incurred through a solicitor having been engaged to fight a battle on behalf oi the ratepayers of Maesteg. The j Board at that time opposed the people, and the people were perfectly justified in engaging a solicitor to defend them. The people supplied wit- nesses before a committee of the County Council, and the evidence given was of such a nature that it influenced that committee to advise the County Council to grant the petition of the ratepayers The Local Board lost their case, and the ratepayers succeeded, and the defendants who lost should pay. The expense would never have been incurred if the Local Board represented the ratepayers properly. The ratepayers had shown that they wished it be- cause of the majority they had sent to this Council The expense had been incurred through the stupidity of the late Board in refusing to grant the request of the ratepayers and therefore the bill should be paid without demur. Mr Harvey controverted Mr Thomas' contention that the old Board did not represent the ratepayers generally. The old Board represented the ratepayers as the present Council did. The old Board did not think they required the aid of a solicitor outside their able clerk. It was not right to call the late Board stupid; they were elected by the people in the same way as the present Council was. If any section of people wished to go outside and employ a solicitor, let them pay for it like men, and not put it on the shoulders of the ratepayers. Dr Thomas denied that the late Board was a representative body. Nominally they were; but virtually they were not. It was done by coercion — it was the open system of voting that did it. The ratepayers dared not vote according to their consciences therefore they could not consider the Board a representative body. Directly they had vote by ballot the ratepayers spoke their minds and the Council was a represen- tive body, whereas the old Board was not. Conse- quently they ought to lake our view of the matter Mr Boucher seconded the Chairman's proposition that the matter be left in the hands of the clerk and Mr Franklen. Mr Griffiths seconded Mr Harvey's amendment. We ought to have nothing to do with paying this lawyer down at Llangynwyd," said Mr Griffiths. The Clerk: The question it: Are we, legally, bound to pay. Dr Davies The late Board were the representa- tives of the place. Strong epithets have been made use of, but the old Board was returned by the rate- payers by a large majority. As regards the inquiry at Pontrhydycyff I am in a position to state that the evidence given there was shamefully incorrect and untrue, and there is no doubt whatever that the County Council representatives were misled to a very large extent by the false evidence that was given there. The Chairmon (hotly) No. Mr J. H. Thomas I rise to a point of order. I was one who gave evidence, and we ought to insist on Dr Davies specifying who gave false evidence. Dr Davies You can't insist. Mr J. H. Thomas: Then you ought to be- The Chairman: I object strongly to what Dr Davies says. I gave evidence myself, and that in the most disinterested manner and in the interest of the district at large. Therefore, I ask you to with- draw your remarks, Dr Davies. Dr Davies: I10, I can't do that, because I can prove them. Mr Beynon: As one who gave evidence, and as Dr Davies has said there was a lot of untruthful- ness, I defy anyone to prove that what I said was not true. Mr J. H. Thomas I think members are entitled to your defence, Mr Chairman. We have heard the same thing said here before. Mr T. Jones: I think we should take particular notice of this objection, and to refute in every possible manner the assertions that have been made which will not stand a moment's consideration in the face of unbiassed people. What does Dr Davies mean by saying that the evidence given at the in- quiry was untruthful? Can he point out to any single thing that was not truthful P It is very easy to make assertions, but quite a different thing to prove them. Dr Davies knows very well that the whole place was in favour of having the town divided. Dr Davies Nothing of the sort, Mr J. H. Thomas Order, order. Mr P. Jones Except some few, who might, perhaps, have been strong partizans of Dr Davies. We know very well that the late Board was held in the hollow of the hand of Dr Davies. Di Davies Don't make such ridiculous asser- tions. Mr Jones They're not ridiculous. Dr Davies They are ridiculous. Mr Jones They're not, they're quite true. We're not going to stand here to be told that we are untruthful. We are as truthful as anyone else in this room. Mr J. H. Thomas Hear, hear. Mr Jones We have a reputation for speaking the truth, and it is not going to be nullified by assertions made at this table. It is a most selfish part of the proceedings that Mr Harvey and Dr Davies should throw out the assertion that the town ought not to pay the cost of this, because the town has received the full benefit of it. It has brought to the place liberty, individualism, and freedom of action, and if these are not a blessing to the town as long as it lasts (hear, hear, and cries of vote"). Dr Davies Allow me to add one word. I know Mr Jenkin Jones and others were accused of hav- ing done a thing with which they had really nothing whatever to do. Mr Jones Mr Jenkin Jones was at the inquiry, why didn't he give his evidence ? Mr Williams remarked that the wards were things that were wanted" in the place, and it was admitted by the other side that a change was wanted, only it was premature. He agreed that their Clerk and the Clerk to the County Council should arrange the matter between them. Mr Jones Mr Williams has referred to Dr Davies' readiness to accept the introduction of wards, only-that-it-came -just-a-little-bit -too-soon (laughter). Dr Davies, at the County Council meeting at Neath, admitted that; and only wished some years Dr Davies: Incorrect. Mr Jones I heard it with my own ears. Dr Davies You did not. Mr Jones I did, sir, with my own ears. The Chairman then put his motion, which was carried-Mr Harvey, Dr Davies, and Mr Griffiths voting against it. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Finance Committees report was presented by Mr J. H. Thomas, who had been elected chair- man. The Committee recommended that the Clerk communicate with Mr T. G. Smith (National and Provincial Bank) asking if he would reduce the interest on the Town Hall account to 4j per cent. This the Clerk, explained Mr Smith had con- sented to do, as well as not to charge interest on overdrawn accounts, unless the overdraft was ex- ceptionally large. The report enumerated all the documents in possession of the Clerk which had been submitted for their inspection. j The report was adopted. < HIGHWAY COMMITTEE. The report of this committee was presented. Mr Jones had been elected chairman. With reference to the road contract, the committee recommended that it should be determined and that the Surveyor consider where the proposed telephone poets should be fixed, utilising, where possible the existing buildings. With reference to the road contract, Mr J. Reefi the contractor, sent an explanatory letter with a view of disproving the statement that had been made that he was making great profits. The sum he was now being paid, he stated, was the same as when he entered into the contract, though the work had greatly increased and the roads were in a much better condition. Mr Harvey There is no dissatisfaction with the [ man's work. A member: But the Surveyor says he can do the J work cheaper. I Mr .T. H. Thomas thought it would be to the advantage of the Board to have the work done under the care of the surveyor. He proposed that the contract be terminated, and the workmen be under the hands of the surveyor. Dr Davies remarked that the streets had never been kept as well as they had been during Mr Rees' time. I Mr Beynon said no figures had been produced to show that the work could be done cheaper under the surveyor and he proposed therefore that the matter be referred back to the committee. Mr Harvey seconded the motion, which was carried. LIGHTING. This Committee-of which Mr Williams had been elected Chairman—reported that they intended making a general inspection of the district, and report as to where additional lamps were required, &c. NEW TABLE. The Surveyor produced plan of proposed new Council table, and other appliances for the better accommodation of the members and the press, the estimate being C21 10s. The estimate was con- sidered too high, and the matter was referred back to the surveyor. MEDICAL OFFICER'S REPORT. The medical officer (Dr Evan Davies), presented his quarterly report, which showed that 54 deaths had been registered during the quarter ending December, and 102 births, giving a death-rate of 21-6., and a birth-rate of 40-8 (being higher than the previous quarter). The mortality for phthisis (10), was abnormally high. Nine cases of euteric, or typhoid fever, had been reported, all of them re- siding in Brick-row. He (Dr Davies), had visited the place, and suggested improvements, which the late Board had carried out. No deaths ensued from infectious diseases. Seven cases of scarlet fever prevailed, most of them of a mild form. Disinfec- tants should be kept in convenient stations throughout the town. Several members spoke of the bad sanitary con- dition of the area in and around Brick-row—ex- tending from Bethania Chapel to Llwydarth-and the matter was referred to the Sanitary Committee. WATER SUPPLY. The following letter was read from Messrs Norths' solicitors (Messrs Blunt and Co.), that our clients are willing to undertake not to again, either by themselves or by their sub-tenants, work the coal under the three Garnwen levels, from which water is proposed to be used to supply Maesteg, unless at some future date a find may be made in the Coegnant Colliery of coal on the lower or deep side of the levels. This, however, would not con- taminate or interfere with the water flowing through the levels to the surface. Before going into the further question raised by the Local Government Board Inspector in his letter to you, I beg to inquire whether we are to understand that the water supply scheme, with a view to which agreements have been entered into before the late Local Board and our clients, has been definitely abandoned. If so, the costs of the agreement, for which the Local Board is responsible, should be paid." The following letter was read from Mr Edward Knox, J.P., agent Margam eatate :—"I understand that the Maesteg District Council wish to have a further scheme placed before them in lieu of the one which the Local Government Board Commissioner considered lately; and that you are desirous of knowing how Miss Talbot's attitude is in the matter. I may say at once that Miss Talbot will not put any impediment whatever in the way of any water scheme approved by her advisers. Further than this, so convinced is Miss Talbot of the need of a good water supply in every place, that she will endeavour in every possible manner to bring about such a result. Seeing that the work is to be taken by a local authority, it seems to me that the water at Brynmawr Springs would be particularly serviceable for Maesteg District Council in respect to the supply of the portion of the Council's district immediately under Brynmawr and, as much of this belongs to the Margam estate, Miss Talbot will be willing to grant the Council the right to utilise this water-about half an acre of land for tanks-at a nominal rent, the only condition being that the Council should supply the houses on Miss Talbot's property and that charges upon tenants be uniform throughout the district.In a subsequent letter Mr Knox stated that the nominal rent would be one guinea. The Chairman, according to promise, presented plans of his water scheme. Part of the scheme, said the Chairman, had already been made known by Mr Knox's letter. The available sources were:- Brynmawr, 69.000 gallons; Tonna, 17,280 gallons; and springs connected with Tonna, 30,000 gallons total, 46,400 gallons. Total estimate of cost, £ 4,155, as against £8,000 asked for in respect to the old Local Board scheme. Dr Davies: Our scheme is double 116,OCO gallons. It provides 207,000 gallons. The Chairman But you are taking into account the Dyffryn spring which we still hold in hand, and I have reason to believe that we will acquire the Dyffryn spring as well as others. 116,000 gallons is the total item at the present time, but not the final item by any means. This quantity is capable of being doubled at a further sum of £1,000. That can be supplied by Cwmcerwn, which is equal to Nsntyfyllon Brook. Alluding to Messrs Blunt's letter the Chairman said the Company would soon be sorry that they had ever given such an under- taking. The work can be carried out so far as supplying the principal part goes within the next six or nine months, and the connections to the houses could be made in the course of the year. The Local Government Board should be applied to to hold an enquiry. I have no doubt the work can be carried out at £ 4,000. The sum could be bor- rowed and repaid within 10 years. You would have an income of £ 750 a year and you ought to have a net result of something like £500 a year. Mr Harvey suggested that the scheme should be submitted to Mr Tregarnon Rees or some member of the Institute of Engineers. Ten years, he thought, was too short a period for repayment. Mr J. H. Thomas said the scheme required very little knowledge of hydraulic engineering, and Mr Barrow's experience in other districts should win their confidence. Mr Griffiths seconded Mr Harvey's motion. Mr J. H. Thomas suggested that the Clerk should ascertain what the engineers' fees would be and in the meantime a committee of the whole Council could consider the scheme. This latter course was agreed to. I-
PULPIT REFERENCE TO THE LATE MR. SASH. In the course of an eloquent sermon based upon the text "according to the years that remain," Lev. xxvii-18., delivered at All Saints Church, Cwm- avon, on Sunday evening last, the Vicar (the Rev. Bankes Williams, B.A.) made the following service and touching reference to the lamented death of Mr Henry Sash (the respected Chairman of the Copper Miners Tinplate Company, Limited). When one trial after another and one sorrowafter another overtake us, we begin to look upon the succession as if it would be interminable—but we should estimate our trials I according to the years that remain.' Unsearchable and past finding out are the ways of Infinite Wisdom, Mercy, and Love. It is idle for man to try and penetrate into the reasons why an apparently useless life is prolonged beyond the natural term to an extreme old age, and the generality depart out of life at all ages from the cradle to manhood. It is not for us to call in question the wisdom of God in suddenly removing from our midst, the successful merchant, the kind and considerate master, the devoted Churchman and earnest Christian, to whose great business capacity and integrity the success of one of our most important local industries during a period of great commercial depression, is largely to be attributed. These qualities are rare in these days whert, commercial morality is at such a very low ebb. Why we should be deprived of such a useful member of society, we cannot tell- doubtless the great and wise Creator has always ordered and will always order all things right." The hymn Hush blessed are the dead was excellently sung, and at the conclusion of the service, the organist (Miss Havard) played tha Dead March in Saul."
ABERAVON TOWN COUNCIL. THE COMMITTEES. The members of the Aberavon Town Council met on Tuesday night and transacted the business of the various committees. The following mem- bers were present:—The Mayor (Mr Lewis), the ex-Mayor (Councillor H. J. Stokes), Aldermen Evans and Rees Thomas, Councillors Charles Jones, J. Phillips, W. Williams, J. M. Smith, H. Cotton, F. Perry, Henry Richards, John Thomas, r T. H. Macey, W. Bond. HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE. Ib was stated that it was necessary to pay Mr Garlick, butcher, £;35 compensation before the field which he now occupied would be given up by him and be rendered available for the purposes of a fair. After a long discussion, in the course of which Alderman Evans said he did not agree with the payment of so large a sum, it was resolved to recommend that the Council pay the sum named. Councillor Charles Jones was stated to be about to move an amendment, but the Chairman ruled that it was too late. Plans were submitted, for Mr J. Matthews, of bwo houses of only ton feet frontage in Picton. street, Sandfields. It was submitted by the Surveyor that they were in accordance with the bye-laws, and the plans were approved. The Medical Officer of Health reported that during the month of December there had not been any deaths amongst the adult working population. There were a few cases of whooping cough, but exclusive of these there were no cases of zymotic disease in the Borough. The Surveyor reported that some houses in Caradog-place, which belonged to Aiderman Evans, were not connected with the public sewer, and there was a nuisance in consequence. Councillor J. M. Smith suggested that they favour Alderman Evans by serving him with the usual notice. It was resolved to serve Alderman Evans with a notice to make the required connection. A letter was read from the Local Government Board, declining to sanction the borrowing of £ 1,200 for streets improvements at one time, and asking the Council to state what Work it proposed to do within the next twelve months. It was resolved to hold a special committee meeting on the 23rd inst., to consider what works it is desirable to carry out. It was resolved to appoint Police-inspector Alexander McDonald inspector of common lodging- houses, and inspector of Hackney carriages, subject to the sanction of the Police-superintendent of the district being obtained. It was resolved to ascertain from the Local Government Board whether in the event of the Council paying their medical officer of health £ 30 a year, the Local Government Board would pay a moiety of the salary named. A letter was read from the Clerk to the County Council, reminding the Council of the expense to the county owing to the outbreak of swine fever, and suggesting that the inspector of nuisances should give careful attention to pig-styes, with a view to preventing their being kept in such a condition as to induce disease. Councillor J. Phillips spoke of the deplorable con- dition of Mansel-terraee. The Surveyor said the road should be widened and properly made. Councillor Cotton said something should be done In addition to the road being so bad, there was an open gate at night, and carts were allowed to remain on the road. The Surveyor was ordered to give the road attention as soon as possible. The Deputy-Town Clerk pointed out that if all the necessary work was done the adverse balance at the bank would be considerably increased. On the motion of Councillor J. Thomas, it was resolved to invite tenders for the supply of fodder. FINANCE COMMITTEE. The ex-Mayor said that the adverse balance at the bank was that day £ 2,526. The rate collector had not, he wished to say, began to collect that rate, which, added to the gas rentals, would amount to £1,800 as stated by a member. A sum of £250, an instalment on the gas loan, would not have to be paid as hitherto in March, as the debt had been wiped out. Could not they effect a loan? The Gas Works was largely responsible for the debt. Nothing was paid off the gas loan for about 20 years, and they had to pay it off in about ten years, which meant about j6300 a year. The Mayor asked if the Council had authority to obtain a loan. Councillor Smith We cannot do more than talk about it. He did not think there would be much improvement in their financial position for six months. Councillor Walsh said he understood that the School Board held their meetings in that room, and burned a considerable quantity of gas. No doubt the School Board needed light, and he did not object to their having it, but if they burned their gas he should like to know how much. Councillor Smith: You had better make a charge it will only come out of the rates. The ex-Mayor said that the School Board took over the duties of the old School Attendance Committee. That should be considered. WATER COMMITTEE. Councillor J. Thomas asked whether steps were being taken to ascertain whether the taps iu the Borough were in good order, so as to prevent waste in the Spring. The Surveyor said an inspection was being made. Councillor Bond advocated the adoption of an efficient flushing system. The cisterns should be of cast iron, and the water engineer should be satisfied as to their efficiency. MARKETS. The Markeb Inspector reported that a quantity of snow was blown into the market through the crevices on the previous Saturday. Some of the tenants had refused to pay toll owinz to alleged damage to goods. The ex-Mayor suggested the fixing of shutters, which could be need in winter. Councillor Charles Jones said it was an excep- tional night, and the matter could reet. This was agreed to.
VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE. 2ND V.B. THE WELSH REGIMENT. BRIDGEND DETACHMENT ORDEBS. Squad and recruit drills will commence on Monday next, and will be as under during the week, viz:- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; fall in in the Drill Hall at 8 p.m., in private clothes, without rifles. The commanding officer desires to call the attention of members generally (and the non- commissioned officers in particular), to the necessity of attending these drills as often as possible, in order to prepare themselves for the company and battalion drills when they commence. The drills for the week will be published weekly in the local papers. There will be a meeting of the band at the Bear Hotel on Monday next, at 8 p.m. All members of the band are requested to attend. (Signed) D. R. DAVID, Major, Commanding Detachment. 18th January, 1894. f,
AFTER THE CLUB FEAST. A MAESTEG BOY'S ADVENTURE. At the Bridgend County Court on Friday, Judge Gwilym Williams was occupied for a considerable time in hearing a case in which Ivor Davies, a miner, by his next friend, sued Mr J. W. Scott, for j620 damages alleged to have been sustained by reason of a collision between the defendant's horse and dray, and the plaintiff.—Mr D. Villiers Meager, barrister-at-law, Swansea (instructed by Messrs Scale and David, Bridgend), was for the plaintiff, and defendant was represented by Mr S. H* Stockwood, Bridgend. The original claim was for £ 12, but owing to the continued inability of plaintiff to work, this was, by permission of the Judge, increased to £ 20.—There was also a counterclaim of X20 in respect of damages, &c., incurred on behalf of the defendant. The plaintiff stated that he was 19 years of age, and was a haulier, earning 3/9 a day. On the 29th September last, he and his brother Gomer took part in a procession in connection with the Foresters. He and his brother were mounted, and they borrowed their horses from a Mr Thomas Jones. After the processien round the town was over, plaintiff and his brother went home by way of the Garth Road. His brother was on in front, and when they got to lane leading up to Caedre farm, his brother turned up there, and witness went straight on. Flaintiff was in the middle of the road and could see defendant's dray coming he then turned in to the left. The dray was coming down the middle of the road at a smart trot, and when close on plaintiff, the driver pulled the dray into the right. Seeing that if he went on, he should be killed, plaintiff pulled his horse across the road, and the shaft of the dray struck him in the leg and hurled him from the saddle. The horse stvod still while he extricated himself. The dray did not stop. The horse seemed to be beyond the control of the driver. Plaintiff got up and alternately walked and drove home. He had not been able to work since the accident. Cross-examined by Mr Stockwood, plaintiff said he had not been making the horse prance for the purpose of showing off. They waited about outside the public-house for a long time before the pro- cession started. He was not going very fast at the time of the accident. Gomer Davies, brother of the plaintiff, said he formed part of the procession on the day in question, and when they were returning home he saw the dray on in front of him it was coming full trot towards them. Witness turned off up the lane-did not see anything of the accident. He subsequently saw the driver of the dray, and asked him how the accident had come about, and he said his dray took the slopo at the middle of the hill and he was capsized in the empty boxes, and did not know how the accident occurred. Thomas Thomas, of the Oddfellows' Rest. said he was in a field at the side of the road and saw the accident. Gomer turned off up the lane, and Ivor went straight on. The dray was coming down on the wrong side of the road. Plaintiff was on his proper side of the road when the collision happened. Plaintiff turned his horse round when a collision seemed inevitable, other- wise he and his horse would have been killed. Cross-examined There was no brake on the trap. If the driver hsd bad a break, he could have pulled the horse up quite easily. David Rees stated that he saw the two boys pass his house on the evening in question. He, also saw the dray coming down in the middle of^ the road, and plaintiff was on his proper side. Th shaft of the dray struck plaintiff, who fell off, an his horse stopped still, one of plaintiff's feet beii in the stirrup. Cross-examined The horse was trotting prry Mr Thomas Jones, the owner of the horses plaintiff's horse was a young one, but ther«ai never been an accident with it before. William Hitching corroborated the evidco c Gomer Davies as to the conversation W1 th driver of the dray. Dr Thomas, Maesteg, said he had beenttend ing the plaintiff and was attending hitat th present time. He was suffering from a IUnd oi the side of the inner margin of the leffin, an( it was now gradually granulating. TJ vitalit; had been knocked out of the tissuesmd the; would take a long time to grow again. Cross-examined, witness 3aid the )und wa consistent with having been caused tbeing rui into by a trap, but it was more content wit] his having run into a trap. The velty was oi the part of the subject injured. Thround wa consistent with both, but the prcbility wal plain tiff ran into the trap instead o&e trap run ning into him. Mr Humphreys, surveyor, Maeat, proved th< plan which had been put in, and s: the road a the scene of the accident was l'eet 6 inchei wide. For the defence defendant was/orn, and saic the horse and dray belonged tnim, and were driven on the day in question his man, Cann, About twenty past five he heard big noise, and, on going to look, he saw the twirothers Davies riding horses at a furious and nless rate. One horse was about 10 yards in fro)f the other, and it seemed to him that thoy woracing. He saw his dray coming in the oppoi direction, and, expecting an accident, he raifter the horses. The dray was coming down iiio middle of the road, and there was plenty of m on either side to pass the trap. Just on tbther side of the bridge one horse was turned the lane and the other pulled his horse acroaoe road to follow him, when the shaft struck j. His horse had received a cut on the bocand it had been been attended by Mr Thorneid it could not go to work for about seven or et weeks. He had to pay 5s a week for anotheorse while his was laid up. The shafts of the i were broken, and the damage to the cart was repairs to harness, 10s; horse in stable, X3 tag dray to Bridgend, 10s attending horse, Xltnd wages of man, 24s. Henry Cann, the driver oi dray, said he was coming down in the middl¡ the road, when he saw two horses coming tovfc him. One was on each side of the road, and, n by the bridge one horse turned up the lane.d the other one was turned to follow him when shaft came in contact with him. Witness' hosvas only going at a walking pace at the time. 'William Edward Davie&o was in the trap at the time, gave corrobora evidence, and Obiah Davies, Owen John Ow Morgan Davies, and Jenkin Rees gave evidenc to the furious rate at which the horses were rlè. His Honour said the w history of the accident showed that the damage ied to defendant's trap must have been caused bfe superior force of the other side, and this was oborated by the evidenee for the defence. There I no doubt the plaintiff had come in contact i the defendant strap merely through his ownklessness plaintiff was entirely to blame, and tfore he gave judgment for the defendant on thim, and for defendant on the counter-claim foi. The costs were very heavy, and he had coaled this.
PORTHCAWIIGH SCHOOL. MUSICA3UCCESSES. It is very gratifyib report that the pupils of the High School, Poawl, (Misses Jones, prin- cipals,) have speciahined distinctions at the late examinations 1 at Cardiff in connection with the Royal Col'of Music, London. Four Candidates were pi ted and each has been successful. -Misse.-nehe Jones, (Gloucester), and Ada LlewelljBridgend), passed in the Senior pianoforte tination, Miss Lottie Davies, (Bridgend), gaino the intermediate stage whilst a young fcnt Jennie Newman, (Bir- mingham), gainedjurs in the junior sections. Prizes for excellein Sci ipture given by the Rev. R. W. Gordl.A., and for spelling &c., by Mrs Gordon,) personally examined the School,were also itly distributed as follows:- Scripture-1st H>avid, (Taibach), 2nd Olive Thomas, (Portlv, 3rd Maggie Clarkson, (Porthcawl). ing—1st Jimily Newman, (Birmingham), 2)live Thomas, 3rd Beatrice David. In Julyllent results were also gained and tho high stud of the Schools deeecvt a con- gratulation. Thool duties are resumel thia I week. I
NEATH. HUTCHINS' QUADRILLE BAND accept engagements for Balls, Parties, &c. Good time, new music. Terms moderate.—Apply G. T. Hutchins, 13 London-road, Neath. WEDNESDAY'S MARKET.—Good supply, but buyers very scarce. Beef, plentful, best 6d other qualities, 4^d to o^d mutton, scarcc, 7id to 9d pigs, plentiful, 8s to 9s 6d storers, 15s to 28d; calves 6d to 7d cows and calves, £ 12 to £ 16. OMlSSION.- We inadvertently omitted to state in our report of the fashionable wedding at Neath, which appeared in our last issue, that the wedding cakn, which was a triumph of artistic effort, was supplied by Mr W. 1. Moore, of Queen-street. The following pupils of Rugby tHouse School, have successfully passed the Trinity College, "Musical Knowledge" Examination held at Swansea, in December last, Nellie James, Pem- broke, Lillian Pole, Neath, Gwladys Williams, Merthyr, Bessie Buse, Bristol, Winifred Geen, Swansea. FOOTBALL.—Neath v. Penarth at Neath, on Saturday. The following will compose the home team:—Back, Joe Davies threequarters, W. Jones, C. Steer, J. Williams, and J. Griffiths; half-backs, Wat Thomas and Alec Cross forwards, G. Lewis, A. Hutchiuson, JiDl Thomas, J. Reynolds, H. Jones, M. Reynolds, J. Brooks, and J. Edwards. THE BLIZZARD.—A snowstorm of a cyclonic nature raged in the Neath district throughout Saturday night. After six o'clock business in the town was practically at a standstill, and the shops presented quite an unwonted appearance, with their doors closed. The streets were deserted. Belated wayfarers living outside the town had most trying experiences, the fine particles of snow being driven into their faces with cruel fury by the icy blast. Happily no accidents are reported. The wind changed at seven o'clock on Sunday morning, and with this change came raia. A rapid thaw set in, and the streets and footways of the town were in a deplorable condition thrmghout the day.
tcn D J. DoN'T FORGET thto W. C. Edwards' great Drapery Sale is nor on. Opposite Town-hall, Bridgend.
B-RI'JON ferry. OBITUARY.—Ib iswith regret thit we have to announce the deata of Mrs Margaret Thomas, G9 years of age, afteian illness of a very short dura- tion. The deceatjd was the widow of the late Mr Mr David Thorn", on old and respected work- man of the VerDn Tinplate Workes. The funeral took place on hturday, at Aberavon, and not- with standing 1e inclemency of the weather was very largely atended. ANNUAL TK AND DANCE. -On Saturday evening the employe' at the Viliers Tin house, had their annual Tea nd Dance, at the Assembly Rooms, Briton Fey. The Tea Tables, was presided over by Ms F. Eynon, Miss P. Glending, Miss M. A. Tbn,48, Miss M. Watkins, Miss L. Thomp- son, MisPedrich, Miss J. Jones, Miss P. Jonts, Miss S. owaYd, Miss M. Morgan, the following took par at the entertainment, Messrs T. Mono-or J. Wafers, D. Morgan, J. Thomas, E. Thomas, T. Jones.N. Jones. The Chair was occupied by Mr R. Icholls, the accompanist was Mr Wyld. Artewhich the dance commenced which was lead offlr Mr T. Monger, who took the parb of M.C
TYNEWYDD. I ON'T FORGET that W. C. Edwards' great Dpery Sale is now on. Opposibe Town-hall, lide'end. '0
j PORT TALBOT. MUSICAL SUCCESS.—At the local examination of ;he London College of Music, held at Swansea, December last, Mr Henry Jenkins, Glyncorrwg, md Mr David Davies, Pontycymmer, were among he successful candidates. Both were pupils of Mr H. Walters, A.L.C.M., Bryntroedgam, Port Falbob.
PORTHCAWL. DON'T FORGET that W. C. Edwards' great Drapery Sale is now on. Opposite Town-hall, Bridgend. THE ANNUAL TREAT for the children that attends the Sunday School of Bethel (C.to.) here, came off last Monday. Tea was provided at the tables at 4 o'clock, in the vestry room, and all the adults and little ones partook, and enjoyed themselves. Subsequently the little ones enjoyed themselves in games. Dr Williams distributed oranges and sweets, given by Mr S. Lewis, D.C., Golden Key, with his usual generosity. At 7 o'clock an enter- tainment was given by the scholars, consisting of recitations and singing. The chair was ably filled by Mr James, Chapel House, and a very long pro- grame was gone through. Great praise is due for Mr James, Evan Rees, and William Williams, for the able manner they have trained the little ones. Great praise is also due to the ladies for their able manner they show at their service at the the tables, viz, Mrs James, Mrs Bradford James, the Misses Evans's Miss Price. All have enjoyed it, and will welcome another again Moes eto".—Com.
ST. BRIDES MAJOR. SCHOOL TREAT.—On Thursday, the 10th inst., the Church Sunday School Scholars of St. Brides, and Southerndown, were invited to a tea in the schoolroom, given by Miss Franklen of Southern. down. The children, about 70 in number, sat down to an excellent repast of bread and butter, cake, jam, &c., after which, the teachers partook of tea—the table being presided over by Miss Franklen. In an adjoining room, a pleasant sur- prise awaited the children—namely, a huge Christmas Tree, laden with beautiful preaents for scholars and teachers. Special and very hand- some presents were given to the most regular attendants at Church, and Sunday School. Before dispersing, the Rev. F. C. Williams proposed a hearty vote of thanks to Miss Franklen, for her kindness in providing such an excellent treat. Three cheers for Miss Franklen were then most heartily given by all, and the singing of the National Anthem brought a most enjoyabie evening to a close.
G ARW VALLEY. DON'T FORGET thab W. C. Edwards' great Drapery Sale is BOW on. Opposite Town-hall, Bridgend.
ST. BRIDES MINOR. The New Year's Tea took place in the school- room, Bryncethin, when as usual-thanks to the ladies-a capital tea was prepared and partaken of by a large number of the parishioners. The Rector and the newly appointed Curate, the Rev. Mr Lloyd, looked after their flock, and gave each one a hearty welcome as they came in, while Mrs Lewis, assisted by her usual helpers, superintended the tea. These meetings are evidently much appreciated, for the rooms were packed, and everybody seemed pleased. The entertainment was a great success, and the following programme was well rendered Pianoforte Solo Master F. Browning Soug-" Oh no, I'll never marry M Ms Davies Duet-" Lovers quarrel" Mr Bevan and Miss Richards „ Song-" Is marriage a failure Miss Edwards Song—"Dollie "Misa Jenkins Duet-" Of the twilight" Miss T. Jones and Miss I. Lewis Song—"The song that reached my heart" Miss James (Nantymoel) Recitation-" Nellie's prayer .Mra Davies Song-" Childrens'honie Miss Richards Solo-" Meet me at the fountain" Miss Jenkins Song— Arm, arm, ye ;brave" Mr Richards (Coifcy) Song—" Alone on the raft .Miss T. Jones Duet-" Folly and fashion Miss Davies and Mr Bevan Sonz-" Grandwother's chair Mrs Hyett Song—"Very nearly" Miss Williams Duet—" Country courtship" Mrs Hyett and Mr Bevan Song—" Dear home songs Miss Davies Duet-" Money matfers Miss T. Jones and Mr T. Davies Catch—"Aberdare market cries" Mr Cook and party Duet—"Mr and Mrs Turtle Mrs Jones and Mr Bevan National Anthem.
ST. ATHAN. The New Year's Tea and Entertainment, was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, on Thursday, Jan. uary 10th. After tea thA Chapel was filled with an audience who thoroughly appreciated the evenings programme, which included Solos by Miss A. Hopkins, Miss B. Bond and Miss E. M. Hopkins, Duets, Part Sones and choruses by the Choir, an Action Song, by the Children, Recita- tions &c. Mr W. Andrews, of Llantwit Major, presided, and paid a well-merited compliment to the efficiency of the Choir. The thanks of the meeting were accorded to Mr J Bond, tbe-Choir- leader, Miss Hopkins, the accompanist, to the Chairman, and the ladies who presided at the tea. I
LLANTWIT MAJOR. THE LIBRARY..—The Secretary of the Public Library wishes to acknowledge with great pleasure the receipt of 10s from Councillor J. Gaskell, of Boverton. 108 from County Councillor R. T. Bassett, Crossways, and 5s from D. H. Davies, Esq, J.P. The Morfa. Also from the last mentioned gentleman a parcel of bo >ks Next week we hope to have a further list of (-It. *-i,s to the Library which is in great need of O'a. THE LATE SEVERE WEATIII^E.— Snow fell heavily in this neighbourhood on Saturday night, and on Sunday morning the country presented a very wintry appearance. The various places of worship were very thinly attended, and at a church not far from here only the clergyman and one solitary individual were present, and he a member of another denomination and but seldom absent from his own Chapel.
MAESTEG. DON'T FORGET that W. C. Edwards' great Drapery Sale is now on. Opposite Town-hall, Bridgend.
COWBRIDGE AND DISTRICT TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION. The annual meeting of the above association, which is in connection with the National Union of Teachers, was held at the Board Schools on Saturday last. In the absence of the president, Mr F. Duck who was the president for 1894, took the chair' The minutes of the last meeting were read and con firmed. The election of officers was then proceeded with. President, Mr F. Duck, Penmark vice- president, Mr H. Moore. Llantrithyd secretary and treasurer, Mr J. M. Dunstan, Llantwit Major • secretary of benevolent funds, Mr J. Smithy Llanharran parliamentary sec., Mr L. Jones, St.* Athan; Messrs W, Lovett and H. Moore were appointed auditors. The secretary's report was- received, showing one member less than last year and Is. 4d. balance due to the treasurer. Mr Tom John (Llwynypia Board Schools) was nominated a. member of the executive, and Mr Lewis (Pontyclun) was elected delegate to the Easter Conference, to- be held at Manchester. Notice of motion was given to withdraw from the Rural Federation of Teachers. A vote of thanks was passed to the Cow bridge- School Board for the use of their schools during the past year.
ENTERTAINMENT AT LLANTWIT MAJOR. On Thursday, the 10th inst, the scholars attending the Congregational Sunday Schools at Bethesda and Ebenezer, were given their usual New Year's treat. About 100 sat down to tea, which was superintended by Mrs Duna (St. Athan), Mrs- David (Brook House), Misses David (Sigginstone) 7 Miss L. Hopkin (Boverton), Miss E. Thomas (Llanmaes), Miss David (St. Mary Church), Mra. Eliza Jenkin (Llantwit), &c. After tea the Sunday School Bank money, amounting: Bethesda, £ 35 and Ebenezer, 2.32 10s., was distributed, together with interest. Prizes were also given by the Rev. J. B. Llewellyn, pastor (three books for each class), for regular attendance. A public meeting was held at seven p.m.. and Mr Thomas Thomas proposed Rev J. B. Llewellyn as chairman. A capital programme was carried through, and at the finish votes of thanks were presented to the chairman and to Mra M, J, Morgan and Mr Ebenezer John for presiding.
I ST. BRIDES MINOR PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of the above Council was held at the, National School on Monday evening, presided over by Councillor Edwards, there being a full atten- dance, The minutes of the previous meeting were- read and confirmed, as were also the minutes of the late vestry. TREASURER. The question of treasurer having been deferred; until this meeting, it was taken into consideration,. with the result that Mr Moon, of the Metropolitan. Bank, Bridgend, was appointed. PUBLIC OR PRIVATE. The question of admitting the public was next considered, and after a little discussion, it was. carried that the public should be admitted. CANOLA BOAD. This important grievance was severely discussed, and all were in favour of doing something to remedy the present state of affairs. On the pro- position of Councillor Reee, seconded by Councillor Williams, that a committee of three be appointed to ascertain what steps are necessary to carry out the work. It was carried unanimously that Coun- v cillors Edwards, Rees and John be the comn.ittee- WIGAN-TEBBACE ROAD. Councillor John proposed, and secondei by- Councillor W. Lewis that this question should be adjourned until next meeting, carried. USE OF BOOM. Councillors Lewis and Loveday were authorised to see the Rector to ascertain his charges for fire and light for the purpose of the council meetings.
FOOTSTEPS OF THE MAN OF GALILEE," We beg to call the attention of our readers to the portfolio, bearing the above title, the first number of which is issued with to-day'& Glamorgan Gazette. It is excellently printed; the views have been well selected and admirably executed and the letterpress affords a wealth of valuable and instructive information. The work, which will be completed in 24 parts, can be obtained on presentation of the coupon, found in another column, from any agent of the Glamorgan. Gazette, with the addition of sixpence for each part.
MARRIAGE OF THE REV. JONAH ROBERTS, OF NEATH. The Rev. Jonah Roberts, of Neath, was on Thursday morning united in the holy bonds of matrimony, to Miss Lizzie Lewis, sister of Mr William Lewis, auctioneer, Neath. The marriage was solemnized at Maesyrhaf Chapel, the officiating minister being the Rev. D. G. Morgan, of Resolven. Later in the day Mr and Mrs Roberts left for Tenby, where the honeymoon will be spent.
COITY HIGHER SCHOOL BOARD. The ordinary meeting was held on Tuesday last at the hon. clerk's offices. PresentMr P. J. Thomas, chairman, Mr W. McGaul, vice. chairman, Mr W. M. Richards, Mr Wm. David, and Mr W. Cooke, hon. clerk. It was reported that the sum of X8 5s had been received from the Education Department for one quarter's fee grant, and that there was a balance in the treasurer's hands of JM5 2s 2d. With regard to the proposed enlargement of the school, the Chairman said it bad been suggested to him that the present master's house should be taken into the school, and a new house built.—The consideration of,itt)waa deferred to the next Board's meeting. The hon. Clerk was directed to write to Mr Wm. John, Spencer-road. Coity, respecting the irregu- larity of Mary Lewis, who lived at his house. The vice-chairman reported that he had inspected a harmonium at Messrs Thompson and Shackell's. which was more suitable than the one they had pravionsly sent, and it was resolved that it be ex- changed. It was resolved that in connection W" th;er- tainment to be given by the ebildr, be provided for them, the coet to be defi-t^ he members and the master. Printed and Published (for the Proprietors) by JOSEPH GIBBS, at the Glamorgan Gazette Office* Queen-street, Bridgend, in the Parish of Coity Lower, in the County of Glamorgan. FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1895.