THE HOUSE CROWDED. At the weekly meeting of this Board on Saturday, there were present-Rev F. W. Edmondes, M.A., (chairman), Mr Edmund D. Lewis (vice-chairman), Colonel Turbervill, Mrs Randall, Mrs Parry, Revs H. Eynon Lewis, David Davies, H. J. Humphreys, T. Howells, Messrs W. Hopkin, W. Thomas (Newton), Griffith Edwards, W. Jones, Edward Lewis, W. Griffiths, T. Jones (Maesteg), R. Williams, J. G. Loveluck, Daniel Samuel, Howel Williams, Charles Phillips, J. H. Thomas, W. Howells (Wick), Edward Morgan, Evan Evans, Richard Thomas, Wm. Street, Edward Thomas, D. Spencer, junr.; H. O. Irvine, Lemuel Griffiths, D. H. Price. W. B. Loveluck, and Morgan John. STATISTICAL. The Clerk reported the number of inmates in receipt of outdoor relief to be 779, as against 821 during the corresponding period of last year; and the expenditure JE87 Is lOd as against £ 84 5s 9d. 3CABBIAOE OF TWO PARISHES. A letter was read from tLe Clerk to the County Council, with reference to the proposal to unite the parishes of Llandough and St. Mary Church for all civil purposes, stating that the Council were satisfied that a prima facie case had been made out for such proposal, and a local enquiry would be held on Tuesday, February 12th, at Llandough, by County Councillor Oliver H. Jones. AN AFIOBTXVB APPLICATION. A letter was read from W. Rogers, Pontypool, stating that, having seen that there was a vacancy for a door keeper at the Union, he begged to apply for it (laughter). He would take the situation at the Guardians' own price (renewed laughter). The Chairman That's enough of that (laughter). DB. BAITDALL'S REPORT. Mr Edmund Lewis (vice-chairman) reported that the Committee appointed to do so had begun to take into consideration the important report sub- mitted by Dr. Randall on the previous Saturday, and the Committee decided to delegate the structural and miscellaneous parts of the report to the Committee already appointed to deal with the accommodation for Guardians (with the addition of Colonel Turbervill), and the Committee adjournel till Thursday next, to further consider the report. Mr Howell (Wick), thought it was better to refer the whole report to the Committee of the whole Board to meet on Thursday next. Mr D. H. Price moved that the Committee's recommendation be adopted. Colonel Turbervill seconded. Mr J. H. Thomas explained that the Committee were doubtful whether they had a right to appoint another Committee. The Vice-chairman: And the majority thought we had. Mr Howell moved, and Mr Morgan John seconded that the matter be referred to a Committee of the whole Board. The amendment was carried. THE HOUSE CROWDED. The Vice-chairman reported that the House Committee, seeing the present crowded state of the house, had taken into consideration the question as to whether there were not some inmates who could be recommended to the Board as fit to be recipients of outdoor relief, to relieve the present crowded state of the house. The Master recommended three. The names of these were submitted and considered one by one by the Board, the Relieving Officer supplying the necessary information as to their positions. The Vice-chairman moved, and Mr J. H. Thomas seconded, that the Committee's recommendation be adopted. In the course of the conversation it transpired that a married man could not legally go out without taking his wife and family with him. In the case of one of the men, therefore, the Board could not accede to the Committee's recommendation, but the other two men were passed."
GLYNCORRWG NOTES. The Scotch Company are going to start here next Monday, on driving a heading for the No. 2 seam at Corrwg Fechan. The strikers from the Tunnel drift are still out, and likely to be for some time. Our District Councillors are in a splendid mood for a tremendous amount of work, and that without rising the rates but as little as possible. There is a rumour that we are going to have a benefit concert for a promising youug musician from the place. Well done, boys It is th&t we are going to have a new church instead of the old one. All know that we stand in need of it. And that one is likely to immortalise his name by contributing towards the building of it. JE1000, well done We hope that some of the non. cons will do the same with some of the chapels that are crushed with debt. Our large and popular parish stands in great need of a cemetery. It is worst than too bad that they must come from Abergwynfi and Afondale to Glyncorrwg to bury their dead. Why can't we get a cemetery at Cymmer ? I should like to see some of our councillors taking the matter up, for it must come ere long. I
MINISTERIAL CRITICISMS. The third part of this admirable portfolio is issue with our current week's paper, and can be obtained of the various newsagents of the Glamorgan Gazette. With regard to the portfolio, the Rev John Mackintosh, Superintendent of the Bridgend Wesleyan district, write8 Bridgend, January 22nd, 1895. SiB,—I have much pleasure in recommending to parents, Sunday School teachers, and elder scholars, the Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee.' The pictures are exoeedingly beautiful, and the information respecting the varied scenes is most interesting, as well as instructive. The work is highly commended by several leading ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church." The Rev B. P. Morris (English Calvinistic) Bridgend, also writes 11 Bridgend, January 24th, 1895. SIB,-I have perused the first issue of this work with intense delight and gratification. The execution is superb, the views are excellent, and the historic descriptions are prolific in knowledge and edification. I shall, certainly, consider it a companion to the Bible. I venture to heartily commend it to the people, and wish it a widespread dreulation. May it wield all influence in leading its reader* to tread in the Footstep* ot the Man of Galilee., who marked the way for the footsteps of humanity."
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A NANTYMOEL DOG FIGHT. At the Bridgend Police-court), on Saturday before Mr R. W. Llewellyn and a full Bench, Thomas Lewis, of Station-road, Nantymoel was charged with cruelty to dogs and also with being drunk and disorderly. Defendant did not appear, and Police-constable Evans stated that he saw defendant hissing on two dogs to fight. The constable cautioned the man, who however responded by brutally kicking one of the dogs. Defendant's endeavours in the IC sporting" line proved successful, and the dogs got to fighting, probably greatly to the human brute's delight, and blood flowed freely. The Bench convicted defendant and fined him £ 1, inclusive or 7 days for the cruelty, and 158 inclusive or 7 days for the offence of drunk and disorderly.
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A CAPTAIN GIVES HIS STOR* AT NEATH. It was a story of stirring adventure from a man who had recently weathered the fury of an awful hurricane,which a representative of the Glamorgan Gazette obtained from Captain Whittle, of Jersey, master of the good ship "Origin," the trim-built schooner which recently discharged a cargo at Neath for Mr John Bowden, the well-known merchant. "One of the prettiest schooners afloat" is the verdict of all who see the Origin." One day a sword fish (foolish creature) mistook her for a whale, and drove its sword through copper sheathing into her timbers, the result being that the sword fish left its weapon behind firmly embedded. Captain Whittle has had no small experience of the dangers of the deep. He has tossed about the world of waters for 23 years, and knows well what it is to struggle with the demon of the tempest. But the hurricane he passed through on his last voyage home from Labrador exceeded all his other experiences of a like nature. Never beforejhad he so felt himself at the mercy of the raging elements. The following is a copy of the captain's written statement as extracted from the ship's log "Account of Schooner Origin, of Jersey, in a severe gale from Indian Tickle, Labrador, towards.Falmouth, for orders, with 1,900 quintalsof dry fish in bulk. Left Indian Tickle, August 29th, at 1.30 p.m., moderate weather up till September 9th. In latitude 53 40 29, N., longitude 32 35 15, W., midnight, fresh wind S.S.E. Vessel on port tack, heading S W. 2 a.m., barometer 29 6-10th falling; stowed flying jib and gaff topsail; wind freshening, took two reefs in mainsail. 4 a.m., barometer still falling, stowed boom jib and close reefed mainsail. 8 a.m., barometer 29 4-lOth, stowed foresail, reefed stay foresail, stowed stanning jib it blowing a strong gale, wind S., vessel lying tc under bare peak of mainsail struck foretopmast. 9 a.m., barometer 29 3-10th, falling, blowing hurricane, seas like mountains. 9.30 a.m., wind S.W., heavy sea breaking on board, throwing vessel on her beam ends, cargo shifted on vessel recovering, but carrying a list to leeward, with lee rail flush with water found jib-boom, top of fore-scuttle, two chain plates, rods, stanchions, rail bulwarks from portcathead to aft, side of fore rigging, boat, galley, light screens, main sail, square sail, boom, two life buoys, winch handles and bulwarks leeside gone, and tarpaulings torn off hatches. 11 a.m., barometer 28 9-10th, still falling, the mate Thomas Snow and A.B. Walter Hodge were engaged securing tarpauling over fore-scuttle; T. Whittle (master) securing main hatch tar- pauling, the O.S. and boy at the pumps. I saw another very dangerous looking sea coming. I at once called for them to look out for themselves. The O.S. and boy jumped up the lee main rigging inside. I was thrown in the lee scuppers, and was a considerable time under water. On getting my head above water I heard the O.S. calling captain." I answered him, and he said The mate and Walter are gone." I was getting forward as quickly as possible, when I heard a cry for help. On reaching forward I found the mate clinging to the broken end of the jib-boom that was dragging by the stays and head gear. I at once gave him a bow line to put around himself. I got him on board with great difficulty, but nothing was seen of the man Hodge. The crew were in a very weak state, having been under water twice, and for some length of time. 230 p.m., weather same, barometer stopped falling, vessel shipped another heavy sea on port quarter, bursting in skylight boards and glasses, half filling cabin, carrying away bulwarks' rail, one water cask, patent log and line, and main boom guy tack at once; secured canvas around skylight. Pumps kept going, and oil bag kept over to windward and pouring large quantities of oil on the sea. 6 p.m., barometer commencing to rise, weather moderating, wind W. 8 p.m., light wind and heavy breaking seas. At once com- menced stopping holes where stanchions were broken off, and trimming cargo. At daylight found bits covering board, mast, cements, and remainder of stanchions started, and three beams in the hold gone. Vessel making large quantities of water in her top side, and one suit of sail com- pletely in ribbons. Three following days securing wreckage. Pumps strictly attended to.—Signed, T. J. WHITTLE, Master; also by the Mate and O.S." Such is the story recorded in the log, a story which possesses the sailor's characteristics of candour and straightforwardness. When the storm had finished with Captain Whittle and his craft, his cargo of codfish (and cedfish are packed like sardines) had actually shifted; his bclwarks were gone, his beef and pork had been washed away, his bread and water were spoiled, and he had to make 1500 miles to reach Falmouth. This distance he accomplished in 32 days, and during that long period, he and his men had absolutely nothing but peas and codfish to live on. When they got tired of codfish and peas, they had to imagine variety by calling the diet pea8 and codfish. They were in a sorry case, but, said Captain Whittle with a smile We were not as badly off as some. We got close to a Dutch barque of 2000 tons with masts and bulwarks gone. Neither of us could board the other as all our boats were gone. After learning our longtitude we separated, and I never heard any more of her. She probably went down." Replying to a question as to the value of oil in subduing angry waters, Captain Whittle said without a moments hesitation that if it had not been for the oil bags he would not be in Neath at that moment. The quieting effect of oil was marvellous. When the "Origin arrived off the Lizards (the navigating of the ship having been accomplished by the captain and the boy, the other members of the crew being disabled by weakness,) a large tug came alongside. There was a cry for bread, and the tugboat people threw over a large loaf and a tin of preserved beef. Short work was made of these provisions. The carving necessary was simply to divide into four portions. A little later, with words of thanks on their lips and devout gratitude in their hearts, they came at last to their desired haven. During the narration of the story there was not one word of self laudation. All the praise was for the ship ee the good little ship which had come through so well."
SPECIAL SERVICES AT NANTY- MOEL. On Sunday last, special services in connection with the Hope Mission Chapel, Pricetown, Nant) moel, were held, and notwithstanding the in clement weather, there were large congregatior at all the services. Dr Hall, of Newport, preache eloquent sermons both morning and evening, ar1 after the afternoon service, the Rev. J. B. DaviE: of Tynewydd, preached in Welsh, and Dr Hall English. A feature of the services was the use the new harmonium, supplied by Messrs Thomps and Shackell, through their local manager, Mr W. Laurence, Mr J. P. McGaul, of Bridge presiding at the instrument throughout day. On Monday, Dr Hall delivered a lecture Man, his nature, habits, and diseases," and 1 was attentively listened to by a large audie; Durinp the evening, the Nantymoel Male V} Party selections in the splendid mar which has already won for them well-eai eisteddfodic prizes. The collections througt were in aid of the organ fund.
FATAL FIRE' NEATH. THE I IE S T STRONG REMARKsrHE CORONER. County Coroner Cuff held an inquest on Thursday afternoon in;k at the Eaglesbush Inn, Melincrythan, to the death of George Ivor Williams, agedweeks, who died on Wednesday night aftg severely burned on the atternoon of that r Govier was chosen foreman of the Jury. Hannah Williimsshe lived at Garden Cottage, Evans'-row/as the mother of the deceased. Her husked in the cogging mill. She left the 0 Wednesday morning to see for Dr PeggEle deceased, who was very ill. She left id in a bed close to the fire. She was awa; 6ve minutes. When she got back the hoB full of smoke. Two of her children weral door. A little boy in the chair was on firle whole of the bed was ablaze. She lived o-roomed house. Her little boy of four yd lighted a stick at the fire, and with it hafe mattress on fire. The child found the stitOashpan. Her husband, herself, and six chitept in one small room. Dr Pegge said 'ceased was very badly burned, and de^ due to consequent exhaustion. Thewas in a most deplorable condition. The Coroner e^ himself very strongly in regard to the edness of the hovel, and said be could not vand what the authorities who should be 1 affcer 6Uch Placee wef° about. Io seemhim that there were big salaries being paP work. The omcials," said he, take *laries» but I'm jiggered if they do their prork." He hoped the Parish Councils would gwork, and look into such matters. The verdict ( Jury was "Death from exhaustion due flS." They added that in their opinion t}ëe described to them was unfit for habitat It -as,statedir Pegge that the injuries received by anolild were so serious that he was in a most j/us condition.
ANNUAL BANQUET. On Friday evening, the employees at the Briton Ferry Works had their annual banquet at the Royal Dock Hotel, the arrangements being carried out in capital style by the hostess, Mrs Norman. The room was gaily decorated with a display of mottoes such as "Success to the Directors and Manager of the Briton Ferry Works," "Long life to the Earl and Countess of Jersey," May our industries flourish," &c. The chair was occupied by Mr E. Humphreys, and the vice- chair by Mr J. Parker. The Chairman read letters of apology from Mr R. Roberts, manager, and Mr G. H. J. Davey, manager and director of the Cambrian Coke Works, Mr A. Steel, manager South Wales Mineral Railway, &c., all expressing regret at not being able to be present. The Queen and Royal Family was proposed from the chair, and responded to by the large company singing "God bless the Prince of Wales. "The Army, Navy and Reserve Forces," was proposed, and responded to by Messrs G. Best, D. Bevan, and C. May. Song, cc Boys of my youth," Mr F. Lambert. The Directors was proposed by tho Chair- man, who dealt at great lentgh on the commercial capabilities of the Directorate, which consist of Mr G. H. Davey, J.P. (chairman), Mr D. T. Sims, J.P., Mr M. G. Roberts, J.P., and Mr F. H. Taylor. The toast was drunk amidst enthusiastic cheering. "Birds upon the trees" was then sung by Mr D. James. The toast to The Manager was proposed by the Vice-chairman, and in doing so he spoke in high terms of the capabilities of Mr Roberts as a manager, as he was always ready to assist every deserving workman in his employ. The toast was drunk with musical honours. Down by the tanyard was then sung by Mr W. Brown, followed by a recitation by Mr J. Hewlett. The Staff and Workmen" was proposed from the chair, the toast being coupled with the names of Messrs J. Parker, J. Roberts, H. Carmichael, D. Duggan, W. Duffield. W. H. John, and H. Parris, representatives of the various depart- ments. "The Ploughboy" was then sung by Mr G. Phillips, and the representatives Damed responded to the toast. The toast of The Subscribers" was received with musical honours. The Press" was proposed by the Vice- chairman, and acknowledged by the Chairman. "The Zulu War" was sung by Mr G. Best, followed by a song and encore by Mr J. Roberts. "The Hostess" (Mrs Norman) was received with musical honours. Messrs D. Demery, W. Duffield, and W. Thomas and party having sung, a most pleasant evening was brought to a close by singing the National Anthem. The accompanist was Mr Wild, bandmaster of the Briton Ferry Volunteer Band.
IMPORTANT MEETING. On Thursday evening an important special meet- ing of the Britonferry District Council was held at the Council-room, for the purpose of considering the water question. The chair was occupied by Mr M. G. Roberts, J.P. There were also present Councillors L. Jenkins, A. Steel, D. Davies, J. Hill, W. Phillips, T. Gwynne, A. J. Jeffreys, and W. D. Jones. The Chairman having explained that the object of the meeting was to consider the result of nego- tiations between the Neath Corporation and the committee appointed by that Council, in reference to purchasing the Britonferry Waterworks under- taking and its rights, the following are the heads- of agreement between the Neath Corporation and Britonferry District Council:— (1). Purchase money JE13,000, to be paid in gross on the let of July, 1895, after which date interest at four per cent. to be paid by the Britonferry District.Council until completed. (2). The Corporation of Neath to supply the in- habitants of Britonferry for two years, from the 19th of January, 1895, with water as and from the completion of the purchase at the old rates and charges, the Britonferry District Council to pay direct to the Neath Corporation the gross amount of such rates and charges. Collection of water rents and maintenance of the Britonferry portion of undertaking to be done by the District Council, and all out-goings to be paid by such District Council as and from the 1st day of July, 1895. (3). Power to Neath Corporation to have free access to Britonferry Works at the expense of the Neath Corporation, to inspect same and prevent waste water, &c., during such period. (4). If the Neath Corporation have at any time surplus water which they may agree to supply the District Council, such water shall be supplied at the rate of 3d per 1,000 gallons. Meter and stop- cocks to be provided by the District Counoil, and placed within the Corporation areas. The Corpora- tion to have access thereto to test and take gauging, &c. \5). The Corporation agree to assist in matter of loan. (6). All necessary consents to be obtained to the sale, purchase or otherwise. Formal agreement to be drawn up, embodying the terms, by the re- spective solicitors. Dated, 19th day of January, 1895. HOPKIN MOBOAN, Mayor of Neath. M. G. ROBERTS, Chairman Briton- ferry District Council. Witnesses to both signatures:— EDWIN C. CURTIS, Town Clerk, Neath. FRED H. KEMPTHOBSE, Deputy Clerk Britonferry Urban District Council. Proposed by Mr W. D. Jones, seconded by Mr W. Phillips, that the offer of the Neath Corpora- tion be accepted. It was also resolved that a public meeting be held for the purpose of hearing the views of the rate- payers on the matter.
TT A TiVRLY MEETING. The half-yereeting of the Neath Working Men's Club on Thursday evening, last week. Counc- Russell Thomas presided, and among those I were Councillors W. B. Trick and Jones, GlJ. Messrs W.Williams (secretary), and J. D. poi<"eaaurerN The financial state- ment which nsidered eminently satisfactory, showed a b to the credit of the club of JE403 17s 5d eight vacancies on the com- mittee havidl filled, Councillor A. Russell Thomas waited Chairman of Committees. It was decidinvite Mr W. H. P. Jenkins, of Baglan, to Ie president, the Hon. H. C. Bruce havinthe neighbourhood. At the con- elusion of eeting a convivial evening was spent and mWed by the numerous eompany.
BRIDID CHAMBER OF TRADE. The of this body was held on Thursdayng (last week) at the Town Hall. There waood attendance, Mr D. H. Lloyd (the presiding in the chair. THE MARKET. A lettM read from Mr H. J. Randall stating tie improvement to the market would be carried the spring. THK LATE LAMENTED. The Stry reported the receipt of a com. municatrom Lady Swansea acknowledging the votendolence passed by the Chamber. 'HE CHAIRMAN'S REVIEW. The (Dan then reviewed the work done by the Che during the year. Some prophesied, he said they would not exist more than a few monthflt they were still alive. He drew attenti the great work the Chamber had done in get better railway accommodation, and improflts in the market; and these two things enough to justify the Chamber's existe (Hear, hear.) He expressed a hope that tterest in the Chamber would not abate, but tfrey would add to their numbers. FINANCIAL POSITION Tbcretary presented the accounts, and repot. balance in favour of the Chamber of 93 9ihe members numbered 37. ETECTION OF OFFICERS. OJ motion of Mr Alban Morgan, seconded by t. M. Richards, and supported by Mr G. E..es, Mr T). H. Lloyd was unanimously re-ed President. .1!. Brown proposed and Mr Morgan David seed the election of Mr Wm Powell as Vice- prDt.—Carried unanimously. j W. Roberts was unanimously re-elected treer on the motion of Mr Boulter, seconded byT. Williams. THE BALANCE. President asked what should be done with ttlance ? G. E. Davies: Let's go to the seaside. (Ihter). j president suggested that an honorarium bade to the secretary, but Mr Wallington gaed his intention not to accept anything. SECRETARY. r W. LL Wallington said as he had no time to y out the secretarial duties as satisfactorily as ould wish, some one else should be appointed. Lr J. Sankey proposed Mr T. Edwards, bub he Id not accept the post. r W. M. Richards appealed to Mr Wallington continue to act as secretary, and highly ogised the way in which he had carried out his ties. He did not know what they would have ne without Mr Wallington. Mr Brown seconded, and Mr Wallington was -elected unanimously. Mr Wallington said he would try his best. Applause). THE ACTUARY. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the staary, Mr W. M. Richards.
ACHES AND SFRAINS!—When a Peer out in the Mountains of Chinese Tartary gives a Panamik coolie some Ellimans' Embrocation to rub in for a Bprain 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 Elliman'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, saying it was very good. So, as he 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. Elliman's Universal Embrocation for Rheumatism, lumbago, Sprains, Bruises. Cutau Sore throat from Cold, Chest Colds, Stiffness, Cramp, Bronchitis, fto, is an excellent good thing. lB. lid and 2s. 9d. Prepared only by Elliman, Sons, and Co., Slough, England. *32,
PRESENTATION TO COUNCILLOR E. EVANS BEVAN AT NEATH, A well-attended meeting of workpeople in the employ of Councillor E. Evans Bevan, and of the townspeople generally, was held at the Gwyn-hall on Tuesday night in last week. A handsome presentation was made to Councillor Bevan. It consisted of a massive silver tray, a tea and coffee service, an elegant epergne, and three chastely engraved waiters. An illuminated address in album form, a handsome clock and pair of vases to match were also presented. The silver tray bore the crest of Councillor Bevan and the follow- ing inscription Presented to E. E. Bevan, Esq., Cadoxton-place, Neath, by his employees, tenants, and friends on the occasion of his marriage, January 24th, 1895." The monogram of Mr Bevan was engraved on each article of the tea and coffee service. The whole presentation cost £180. Messrs Davies and Sons, the well-known jewellers, supplied the silver articles, which weighed in all 400 ounces. Mr B. H. Thomas presided over the presentation meeting with his accustomed geniality and success. In making the presentation, he alluded to his intimate acquaintance with the family to which Mr Bevan belonged. He belonged to a wprthy family. The chairman referred to Mr Bevan's grandfathcr-Mr Evan Evans, who died on April 12th, 1891. Then there was his worthy father- Mr David Bevan, who died on July 10th, 1888. This lamentable event was followed by the death of the mother of the gentleman they had met to honour, which took place on May 12th, 1889. Mr E. E. Bevan had been thought worthy to take the public positions which had been held by his grand- father and father. He held the posts of Guardian, of Town Councillor, of County Councillor, of Chair- man of School Board, and he had worthily filled the office of Mayor. An excellent speech was then delivered by Mr William Snow. Mr LI. Griffiths, Cwmavon, delighted the audience with penillion by Mr David Griffiths, and also an impromptu penillion. Councillor Bevan acknowledged the presentation in most feeling terms. He did not know how to thank Mr B. H. Thomas sufficiently for the very kind words he had spoken. Mr Thomas was an old friend whom he valued highly, and he felt proud if he had his good opinion. He held in high esteem the kindness of his friends who had made the presentation to him, and he thanked them one and all. He was glad if he had been of service to his fellow men in the past. He should certainly do all he could in the same direction in the future, and they would always find him willing to help in making the collier's cottage brighter, and in making the life of the toiler worth living. A vote of thanks to the chairman was carried with enthusiasm on the motion of Alderman Charles, J.P., seconded by Councillor Edward Edward Davies, J.P. Musical items were acceptably contributed by Mr Evan Davies, Mr E. Edwards, and Mr Thomas Davies. [The above report was unavoidably held over from our last issue].
LLANTWIT LOWER SCHOOL BOARD. The first meeting of the Llantwit Lower School Board was held at the offices of Messrs Cuthbertson and Powell on Thursday in last week. Mr J. H. R. Ritson was appointed chairman, and Rev. R. O. Evans vice-chairman. Messrs Cuthbertson and Powell were appointed clerks.
PYLE NOTES. "OBSERVER" AND HIS CRITICS. When "adjusting my spectacles" to pen the notes which appeared in your issue of the 18th ultimo, I had no idea that there was such an intellectual giant aa Francis Bacon" in our midst (which proves how easy it is for learning and genius to pass by unobserved), else I would have taken care not to merit that dignified rebuke which he administered to me in your last issue. For long years Mr Bacon" has remained in un- deserved obscurity, while a crowd of his friends, not half so scientific, have been climbing up to places which they seldom reached and never adorned. Now, however, this mountain of light has appeared at last, and Pyle folk are, in consequence, grateful to Observer" for having been the means of discovering this pearl in their oyster. Mr Bacon" wishes to assure us that he is not a wild goose, but a sympathetic one, and he gave us a proof of it by plucking a quill from his wing, with which (with more zeal than discretion) he wrote out my condemnation, and invited a charitable world to join him in pitying the sorrows of a scurrilous scribbler. Whether or not the world will listen to his pious supplications, at all events it must recognize that pity would not be thrown away on him and his friends. He is clearly an easy victim, because he listens with credulity to the whispers of fancy," which teach him nothing better than the use of spectacles" and thinking caps" and, being thus simple and artless, he is completely at the mercy of cunning, deliberate, and calculating gentlemen of the jockey class. But he must eschew their company and devote himself to the development of a journal with which, I am told, he is closely connected. Then will he be jockey-proof, and will no longer be the willing tool of every ignorant scribbler who makes up in impudence for whatever he lacks both in intellect and acquired knowledge. I congratulate the "versatile authors" of the Pyle races on their wise selection of a champion, and I implore upon them to keep Francis Bacon" all to themselves if they know what charity to one's neighbour means. ROOK FIE. A proclamation was issued recently to the effect that all persons who maliciously interfered with a rookery in this neighbourhood would be prosecuted according to law. I deplore that step very much, because it will be the means of depriving worthy friends of rook pie. which is an article of diet of which they are passionately fond. TO THE BDITOFT. gIR) x think Ie Observer" is serving a good purpose when he employs his trenchant pen to scarify contributors to your paper who offend good taste so outrageously as the writer in "Pyle Races" did in a recent issue. Life would be made intolerable if writers whose splenetic dispositions are so marked were allowed, without let or hind- rance, to exhibit their bitterness and uncbaritable- ness in the columns of the newspaper. As a regular reader of the Glamorgan Gazette I have perused the letter signed Ie Francis Bacon." The writer, with extraordinary verbiage, seeks, 1 suppose, to justify the writer of Pyle Races" notes. Viewiug the subject in a perfectly im- nartial manner, I am bound to say that "Bacon" r- has not succeeded in his effort, and the only.cou elusion I can come to is that further exempiir tion has been afforded of bhe contiguity of stable to the pig-stye.—I am, &c., t January 26th.
WEDDING FESTIVITIES AT NEATH, An important section of Mr E. E. Bevans' employes, and a few invited guests, celebrated the wedding of Thursday in last week at a dinner given by Mr Bevan at the Crown Inn, Cadoxton, on the evening of the day named. Mr Rees Davies presided during the first part of the evening, Mr Charles Swash taking the position at a later stage of the proceedings. Amongst the invited guests were Mr Aylwyn, Mr W. T. Jones, Mr Jenkin Jones, Mr W. Davies, Mr J. Thomas, Mr J. David, Mr Hammond, Mr Carter, Monsieur Dartingong, Master Veto, and Herr Bunter. The health of the bride and bridegroom was proposed in a very humourous speech by Mr Chas. Swash, -and Mr Aylwyn responded in suitable terms. The proceedings were rendered the more enjoy- able by some capital recitations by Mr Charles Swash, and songs by Mr McNeil, Mr Clark, Mr G. Billings, Mr W. B. Morgan, Mr D. Williams, Mi R. B. Williams, Mr Hopkins, Mr John Bowen < Mr D. Williams, Mr B. Griffiths, Mr Butler, an j Mr Gordon. Mr W. L. Parsons gave a selection on the bells which was much enjoyed. One of th, singers, making what he regarded a suitabl selection, warbled "There's a time to be marrid and a time to be sad," His effort was quie successful. Before the company dispersed, the toast of "The Host and Hostess" (Mr and Miss Bown) who had discharged their duties admirably, ras proposed by the chairman (Mr Charles Swah). It was received in a most cordial manner, andMr Bowen responded.
SAD ACCIDENT AT NEATI. We regret to state that a serious accdent occurred to Mr William Griffiths, painter of fress- well-terrace, Neath, who, whilst agsistig on Thursday night to remove the decorations^hich had been elevated near the Cambrian Inn in the occasion of the marriage of Mr E. E. Bevn, was caught by a gust of wind and fell a consi,erable distance to the ground. He broke a Ig and received severe injury to one of his wrists.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RE-UNIGN AT NEATH. I A most enjoyable social tea was held at Alderman Davis' Schools on Thursday lsst week. It afforded a thoroughly agreeable re-unon which was fully appreciated by the devout body of teachers and the officials who carr; on the important Sunday school connected with St. David's Church. Several of the ladws actively interested in the school presided fit the tea tables, and attended with true womanly solicitude to the wants of the guests. Afttr tea the company enjoyed a capital programme under the direction of the Rev H. P. James, who presided. One of the features of the entertainment was a brilliant pianoforte performance by Miss May Williams, of Skewen. The Misses Rees were also most successful in their duet. Songs were rendered in a highly acceptable manner by Miss Whittingham, Miss L. Davies, Miss Forbes, Miss Davies, Miss Bellamy, Mr Curtis, Mr F. Matthews, Mr Hogg, Mr Pike, Mr Wheatley, and Mr Rhys Charles. Miss Rosser favoured the company with a recitation, and Mr J. C. Rees won fresh laurels as a reader. The popular entertainer, Mr Huxtable, gave an exhibition of his wonderful ventriloquial powers, and was much applauded. Thanks to the ladies who had arranged the tea, and to the entertainers for their services, were heartily expressed in a vote of thanks on the motion of Mr T. R. Davies, seconded by Mr J. Griffith Davies.
ABERAVON BOROUGH POLICE. THURSDAY.—Before the Mayor (Mr Lewis Lewis), the ex-Mayor (Mr H. J. Stokes), Councillors H. Walsh and Charles Jones. cc D. AND D." David Thomas, tinworker, Aberavon, charfi with being drunk and disorderly on the previJS Saturday, was fined 2s 6d and costs. A DISMISSED CASE. Thomas Hemsworth, landlord of the c,.Ie Hotel, Aberavon, was charged with openitrais house for the sale of diink on Sunday, tlY. Ot. h January. Police-constable Lamb said he was Pslng defendants house at 9.15 on Sunday niR, and saw a boy coming out with something "er his coat. On examination he found that t)toy was carrying a bottle of beer. He took tWy back to defendant's house and saw defendal-vho said he knew nothing of the matter, as aJ j time he was playing the piano. Further in"gation of the case showed that defendant's Nhad given the boy the beer to take to a Mrs JfS as a gift. She had been spending some h I-lat evening with Mrs James. She did not thirie was doing wrong. Mr J. H. Jones, Cardiff, who a^ed on behalf of Messrs Handcock, said he not find fault with the police for bringing u'8 ease, but the facts were as stated by the dej* The Mayor said the police rig|\fc to bring the case there, aa' would prove a warning. The Be*e8ed the case. NOS-MALNTF her husband, Ann Oliver, Corlanna, fl- maintain her. Ann Oliver, CorUnna, 6- • Thomas Oliver for negk o[ det(1[ld e Complainant told a P< her w(. conduct, and said he house, and had kept her all °. Defendant was order" W 8d » week and COSt8,
NEATH POLICE. T. fnre W' P* J- B. FRiDAj.-Before ^dD^e, Paddon, and »
JNKENNElS- TiVonk Sere labourer ^rhiwtyn, was ^r having fi d. and CI 6 ne as STRAYING (OW Dft,andlord of <h«Terminus Hotel, Q, n with alomg a cow to stray Skewe ♦ 4ntj an(j wag frd 2s 6d and coste. on the low
aTTr(t! OF A MAESTEG I.OUNG ADY. 'leaded to record h' further success of !h Richards, of Mr E. G. grocer, Maest<. The young lady Bl(ivho is a studen at ikmmerfield Hall, "^mnaer, has had alistitffiished scholastic and has achieve' man; 'ucceeses. The ^achievements h?e befii that she has 4 the Advanced Senior examination in forte playing, ala pasø- in the First sion of the Third Class, Colfce of Preceptors' aination, and has /on for thttecond time the ool exhibition of the valu. of JJ10. The jllege of Precepts examinafon embraces a iriety of subjects. Miss EditHichards is only fteen years of agf I t J I r- jhe prospect of losing the train after arunhii, t. town for change on such a morning as we h i rue8day was by no means pleasing. An offorfc wa^iade to get change on the station premifbS J" avail. Even the refreshment^00™^ to 8l'ply the requirement, and the gentleman who m a proceeded on hia ^h- -c a ticket. A few more object lessons of this character and public opinion will force the anomaly out of existence. What should we think of a traded man who ordered his customers to procure their own change when they tendered payment for goods ?
NEATH. Neath seconds met Carmarthen at Neath on several inches of fenow on Saturday. The unusual conations were varied by a smart snow storm. The visitors arriving several men short, a good number Penvl • ( ° to a man to go to Penygraig), were requisitioned. The game was as earnest as the permitted, and spectators and players enjoyed it 011 account of the novelty. Two of the Carmarthm players received each a "nasty smack" as it was termed by one of the on-lookers, and, as they bled profusely, an opportunity was afforded of con- trasting white and scarlet. There was some snowballing by the players during the intervals of waiting, and Wat Thomag proved himself a dead shot. It was a drawn game in regard to the football. As to the snowballing the secretary (Ur V J. Price), who experienced a fusilade, can give* ail opinion. o y° —.
TONDU. Owing to the severe weather the matches with the firsts and seconds were abandoned. On Satnr- ,ay fir8tfl Pla7 Bridgend at home, when a c ose g t u expected, and I sincerely hope that the ga^W? v played in the be8t of spirits. I am confident that the home committee will do every- thing in their power to have the best arrangements oarried out for the comfort of both players and spectators. The" A" team plays Brynoethia away.
APPEAL TO HIGH COURT. T T late grocer' Bntonfony, r Ji,\ Swansea, trustee. Notice of appeal has been served, and the hearing of same at Divisional Court has been «* down for the fife prox. I =
BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. ;p> A proposal having been made .for tl lion of the Bridgend and COM bridge constitute two rural District Harmer Cox. has received a letter County Council intimating that, whereas the County Council are satisfied that a prima facia case has been made out for such proposal, a local inquiry would be held by Alderman William Jones wnii wfcn- Coancil,ora J- H- Rowland and ilham W ilhams, on February 4th.