BRIDGEND POLICE COURT. SATOBD AT—Before Messrs R. W. Llewellyn (chair- man), R. K. Prichard, R. L. Knight, W. Llewellyn W. Howell, J. Grace, J. Barrow, W. Buckle-" 1 Colonel Franklen. e 8WINE FEVER. Evan L* ids, of 68, Oxford-street, Ponty- cymmer, was summoned for not reporting an outbreak of swine fever.—Defendant pleaded that he did not know the pig was ill.-Sergeant Sansom said he examined defendant's pig, and was certain it was suffering from swine fever. The pig was slaughtered, and defendant would be paid half its value. Witness believed the defendant did not know the animal was suffering from swine fever.- The Bench imposed a fine of Is, and 7s costs. A BLAENGARW ASSAULT. loan Evans, Railway-terrace, Blaengarw, haulier, was summoned by David Davies, 58, Marian-street, Blaengarw, collier, for an assault, Davies said he had just come from work on Monday night, when defendant came to the house and commenced quarrelling. Complainant told defendant to go out of the house, but, as he refused to do so, he sent for the police. Defendant wanted to fight him, and put money down, and eventually a man named Chris. Thomas took defendant out of the house, and Police-constable Scott took him away. Complainant followed, and defendant managed to get free from the constable and struck complainant twice on the cheeks, drawing blood.—Police-constable Scott corroborated the evidence as to the assault, and the Bench fined defendant L2 inclusive, with the alter. native ot 10 days imprisonment. NO SCALES. Sidney Fursland, of Stades' Buildings, Gilfach Goch, baker, was summoned for selling bread from a cart without having scales.—Police-constable Smith stated that on the 17th January hesawdefen- dant with a bread cart in the street at Gilfach, and saw him deliver a loaf to a Mrs Rees. Witness asked him if he had any scales, aud he said no. Witness took the loaf and asked defendant wiiat it was supposed to be, and he said it was a four pound loaf, and he sold it at a penny farthing a pound, or fourpence the loaf. Witness weighed the loaf in the presence of defendant, and it weighed 3! pounds.— Defendant was fined £ 1, inclusive of costs. SHEEP SCAB AT BETTWS. John Crook, and Thomas Crook, of Tynybettws Farm, Bettws, farmers, were summoned for not reporting sheep scab.—Mr W. A. Williams was for the defendants,-Police-conEltable Pngh stated that on the 16th January, he visited Blaengarw Farm, and by the barn, he saw a sheep with the wool partly off; it was suffering from scab. It had been newly dipped, but it was very weak, and could scarcely stand on its feet. Witness went to the house, and saw Miss Davies and her servant man, and ascertained that the sheep be- longed to defendants. John Williams came with him, and they gathered 300 sheep, and picked out 10 of the worst, which were suffering from scab, and took them to the stable. On the following Saturday, witness saw Thomas Crook, and told him about the sheep, and he said he was coming up to see about it. The defendants were new tenants.—Cross-examined witness said that he could see that the sheep had been dipped. There had been no complaints about the scab.—For the defence, John Crook, one of the defendants, was a worn, and stated that he bought the sheep in October, and would bo taking the Blaengarw land in March. He took the sheep, and dipped them in October, and at Christmas, he collected as many as he could find, but saw no scab.- Thomas Crook, the other defendant, said he had been with the sheep oftener than his brother had. He did not know that there was a bad sheep near the barn.-In reply to the Bench, witness said he dipped the sheep after he saw Police-constable Pugh. He did not know it was suffering from scab before. There had been a difficulty in seeing the -sheep, owing to the bad weather and snow.—De- fendants were each fined JE1, inclusive of costs. FURIOUS DRIVING AT MAE8TEG. Edward Roberts, Bridgend Road, Maesteg, collier, was summoned for driving a brake furiously.—Police Constable Williams stated that on Saturday night, about ten o'clock, he saw de- fendant driving a horse and brake, full gallop down a narrow road, and witness had to fall against the bank, or he should have been knocked over. Witness called to defendant to stop, but he took no notice, but went on up the hill the other side at a galloping pace. There was no one in the brake.-Fined £1 inclusive of costs. "THE DEVIL AMONG THE TAILORS." Evan Edmunds, Brynquills Farm, Bryncethin, was summoned by Robert Williams, of Llynvi- street, Bridgend, for an assault. Both com- plainant and defendant are "kniglits of the needle".—Complainant stated that on the previous Tuesday he called at defendant's house for Is 2d which he owed him. Saw defendant's mother, who refused to pay or let him see her son. Com- plainant said he would put him in court, and was going away when defendant rushed out and struck him four or five times on the head, raising bumps," and broke hie hat and af tooth. -For the defence David Smith, another tailor, said corn plainant blackguarded defendant's mother, and defendant then went out and asked complainant to go out. He refused, and defendant pushed bub did not strike him.-Some amusement was caused by the three tailors all vociferating at the same time, and the Bench were obliged to put dignity on one side for a time, and indulge in a laugh.—The case was dismissed.
BRIDGEND HIGHWAY BOARD. The monthly meeting of this Board, was held on Saturday, present: Mr J. Blandy Jenkins, (chair- man) Rev F. W. Edmondes, Messrs W. Howell, (Wick) W. Hopkin, J. Rees, T. Rees, Edward Morgan, and Griffith Edwards. ROADS FROM BRYNCETHIN TO BRYNNA GWYNON. The committee appointed to inspect the road from Bryncethin to Brynna Gwynon. (via Cefn tartan) reported that the road through its entire length was in a very bad condition, partly owing to its being very narrow and so much neglected. The committee were of opinion that the gutter which crossed the road at Heolae that should be filled up 20 yards, a culvert put in and the road widened under Cefn Carfan Isha. The Surveyor was instructed to carry out the gutter, and the clerk was directed to Mr Nicholl, the landowner asking him if he would consent to the road being widened under Cefn Carfan Isha. The Surveyor was also asked to prepare a plan and specifiactions for the work by the next meeting. ORNAMENTAL. The Surveyor said he had a letter from Lord Dunraven's office asking the Board to replant a few quick on the road eidea where they had failed last year, and he (the surveyor) was directed to have them planted where necessary. THE NBW RAILWAY. Chairman asked the surveyor (who sub. -la* the iaew Vale of Glamorgan Rail. w 'iw line would interfere with any b a approaches in the Board's district, di aey comply with the Act of Parliament ? The Surveyor Yea air they are bound to. The Chairman Answer me, do they comply with the Act of Parliament ? The Surveyor I think so air. The Chairman Are the bridges sufficiently high and wide ? The Surveyor Yes sir: Some tin>0 was' spent in inspecting the plans.
THREATENING MR S. T. EVANS' SEAT ONCE MORE. THE NEW CONSERVATIVE AGENT IS ENCAMPED AT TONDU. WHO HE IS, WHAT HE IS, AND WHAT HE THINKS. [BY "GWYNOR."] Political agents-the factoti of Parliamentary candidates, the guides, philosophers, and friends of benighted electors, the illuminators of the dark things of politics-play an important part in political life. Now, that being so, the political agent must be an important being and to be an important being is to be somebody, and to be somebody is to be. worth being interviewed. Ergo, Mr E. Lloyd Evans, the new Conservative agent for the Mid-Glamorgan Parliamentary Division, is worth being interviewed. So I inter- viewed him. Now the Mid-Glamorgan Division is represented at the present moment by that astute lawyer, splendid man, and prospective j- but there, to drift into prophecy is to tread on thin ice, and ice is not thin just now, for I've just been skating. I will say, however, that "Sam" Evans is clever, because he comes from my native county of Carmarthenshire, and everybody who sees the light there never knows what it is to live in darkness. In other words, they are an enlightened lot, and know as much about politics as Dickens did about high life below stairs. In fact they know something about everything and they know everything about something-i.e.. current political topics. They are a very but I am digressiug, fearfully and wonderfully. I shall indulge in no more irrelevant sentences, but come straight to the point. The Conservatives have a majority close upon 3,000 to pull down. How they're going to do it passeth. the wit of man to imagine. If anyone were to guess, he would only be imagining a vain thing. But they are a valiant lot, are the Conservatives full of pluck and determination—strong, united, all- pervading (I admit this much, though I am a Radical, and my mind hath been steeped in unctuous Radicalism ever since I was jostled about in my mother's cradle)! Yes, the Conservatives know that in unity lays their strength and consequently they are very fond of twitting us poor Radicals with being "heterogeneous atoms"—"scattered rem- nants and with such-like magniloquent, but hardly polished, descriptions. But I am digressing again. Now I'll proceed along the highway, without turning in every by-lane. The new Conservative agent-Mr Evan Lloyd Evans-has, as I have already stated in the course of my rambling preamble, pitched his camp at Tondu, which is considered the most central, and therefore the most convenient place in the division. Unlike Aiaeeteg, and the Garw and Ogmore Walleye, which are hotbeds of robust Radicalism, the inhabitants of Tondu are about equally divided as far as allegiance to this and that party goes. At least, that is the impression one takes away with him after a cursory glance at outward signs and symbols. The Church of England holds great sway there, and at this critical juncture in its history it is but reasonable to suppose that the vote of every Churchman—bo he Liberal or Con- servative, Individualist or Collectivist—will be a prop to the ecclesiastical establishment at the next election, and will, therefore, go against such an ardent an uncompromising Disestablisher as Mr S. T. Evans. Mr Lloyd Evans, therefore, by taking up his residence at Tondu,has not fixed on a typical spot in the constituency from a political point of view- But coming as he does from Nonconformist and Radical Merionethshire, it will be a great change for him. Merionethshire, as every Welshman knows, is represented at St. Stephen's by Mr Tom Ellis, and it may be interesting to the Liberals of Mid- Glamorgan to learn that the new Conservative agent enjoys the personal acquaintance of the "Parnellof Wales," for whose personal qualities and abilities he has naught but praise." Mr Evans is a man of medium height, reserved and courteous in manner, and clear and unmistakeable in the exposition of his principles-a straight man, in whom there's no humbug. There's no double facedness about his politics. He is a staunch and enthusiastic Conservative, and he'll let you know it. He is a firm and unyielding upholder of the Church, and he'll let you know it. He is a man whose past career reflects on him naught but credit, and-but no, he wont let you know that. For he is not given to self-laudation or unseemly boasting. It was with the greatest reluctance, indeed, that I could induce him to talk of self." But I managed to glean a good many things concerning him and his opinions, mostly by means of a pile of testi- monials which he had from many of the most influential men in Merionethshire. Mr Evans has been for a long time a school-master—in fact, he held such a post up to the time of his appointment to his present position. During the time he was head-master of Maentwrog National School, he acted as the Conservative Registration agent for the populous district of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The chief industry here is the slate quarries, and the quarry- men, Mr Evans informed me, are hot Rads." Nonconformity was also very strong, but Conserva- tism was making rapid strides, and if organization was paid more attention to. the cause would not bA in such a forlorn and languishing condition as it is. How can you ever hope for a Conservative victory in such a place ? I queried. "Well," replied Mr Evans, "the greater the progress of education the greater the advance of Conservatism will be, because English Newspapers would bjj more widely read, and the English Press gave a fairer view of the questions at issue than did the Welsh Press. In chatting about news- papers, Mr Evans incidentally mentioned that he was a contributor to some vernacular newspapers such as Gwalia. a Conservati7e organ of no mean prestige published in the cathedral city of Bangor. He has been on the staff of this paper. Passing on to other topics, 1 asked Mr Evans if he did not think that the Conservative cause would be at a disadvantage in Wales until the Disestablishment question was out of the way. "On the other hand," replied Mr Evans, "I think it will be to the benefit of the Conservative party if the next election is fought on that ques- tion in Wales." What!" I exclaimed with pardonable scepti- cism. "What's been the issue in the past then ?" Mr Evans boldly answered, Home Rule at the last election," and went on to say that there was a strong feeling in North Wales on the land question. How will it benefit the Conservative party to fight the election on Disestablishment P" I asked. "Because of the growing attachment of the masses to the Church," was the reply. "And the more educated they get," continued Mr Evans, the more attached they will become to it; and" (he added with pious emphasis) they will defend it at all hazards. Where there was an active clergy- man," he said, 4. the Church was gaining ground in Wales." In his numerous testimonials Mr Evans is spoken of as being "in very considerable request as a speaker, both in Welsh and English," had been largely instrumental in establishing a Conservative Club at Blaenau Ffestiniog," "has a high reputa- tion as a political writer," a man of considerable energy, talent and tact," "most trustworthy in every way," &c., &c. Dr Roberts (Ffestiniog) says of him :—" As a literary man, speaker and organizer I think he is unequalled." These testimonial givers included the Lord Lieutenant of Merionethshire, Mr John Vaughan (a former Conservative candidate for the county), Mr Henry Owen (Mr Tom Ellis' opponent at the last election), Mr W. Forrester Addie (Lord Powis' chief agent), and many other men of light and leading, including some noted clergymen. To continue, he took great interest in educational matters. "What is your cpinion then," I asked, "with regard to State Aid for Voluntary Schools ?" "I am very glad," he replied, "that this is in the programme of the Conservative party. I would support State Aid for Voluntary Schools. The Church party are fighting for it, and I would give State Aid to the Catholic Schools, too." Having come from a parish where the Church is flourishing," he continued, "it is a great comfort for me to come to a place where the Church is also strong." He considered the Rev. H. Lewis, vicar of St. Bride's Minor, one of the best Welsh preachers he had ever heard. "Itisatreattobear him," said Mr Evans, "and I regret he's getting old." The singing ut St. John's Church, Tondu, was unequalled.
'BRAVON BOYS BIRCHED. At the Aberavon County Police-court on Monday—before Mr W. H. P. Jenkins, Dr Arnallt Jones, and Mr Charles Jones-Alfred Richards, aged 13, Charlotte-street, Aberavon, Edward Davies (11), 10, Wern-street, and John Crosby (10), 11, Charlotte-street, were charged with stealing 20 packets cigarettes, two packets tobacco, of the value of 2d, and Is 4d in money, the property of Nicholas Phillips Matthews, of Taibach, on the 24th January. Mr Matthews stated that between four and five o'clock on the day named he went to feed his donkey, and on returning to his shop he found the tobacco, cigarettes and money named in the charge were missing. He had had losses of cigarettes and tobacco, and, with a view to detecting the thieves, he marked several of the packets with the letter P. He informed the police that several of these packets had been stolen. Police-constable Jones said he made inquiries, and on Thursday night he arrested the boy Richards, who, when charged, denied having been at Taibach that day. Subsequently he arrested the boys Edward Davies and John Crosby at their homes in Wern- square. He charged the boys in each other's presence, and Edward Davies then said that Richards induced him and Crosby to go with him to Taibach to sell fresh herrings. When they got opposite Mr Matthews' ..shop, Richards told him (Davies), to go in and buy a pennyworth of cigarettes, and if there was no one in the shop to take them without paying for them. Eavies and Crosby went to the shop, and Richards, who followed, took the money, whilst they (the two first- named), carried off the cigarettess and tobacco. The Bench took the view that Riehards, being the oldest, had tempted the others to do wrong, and they ordered him to receive 12 strokes with the birch rod, and the other two defendants six strokes each. I
PYLE PARISH COUNCIL. A meeting of the above named Council was held at Cornelly School on the 25th of January, when the following members were present; viz.' Rev. Thomas Howell, and Messrs B. Davies. W. David, T. Evans, T. John, J. Thomas T. Penhale. A sub-committee appointed at', the last meeting to see to the repair of the public pumps at South Cornelly, now reported that one of them had been put into working order, but with regard to the other they required further instructions from the Council. It was resolved that the other pump should be repaired also. The Council next con- sidered what appeared to be a public nuisance existing in the immediate vicinity of one of the wells at South Cornelly, and the Hon, Clerk was directed to write to the owner of the premises re- ferred to calling upon him to abate the nuisance. It was further resolved that a sub-committee of the Couucil should visit Pyle village in order to consider whether the .water of the village punp is being contaminated by the drainage of a cesspool situated but a short distance away, and that they should report to the next meeting. The question of ways and means was now brought forward, and after a lengthy discussion, it was unanimously resolved to issue a precept upon the overseers, for a rate of 2d in the f. Mr Penhale next brought forward the question of the charities belonging to the parish, more particularly that known as Morgan's Charity. Having given a brief history of the charity, and of its administration during the past 17 years, he said he was of opinion that it was a parochial and not an ecclesiastical charity, and recommended that the Council should apply to the Charity Com- misionere, requesting that in future the Parish Council should have the administration of the charity instead of the churchwardens and over- seers—its present administrators. The Rev. Thomas Howell said, he was of the same opinion and also, that there was another charity belonging to the parish which was likewise a parochial one. He moved that the hon. clerk write to the Charity Commissioners requesting that both charities may in future be administered by the Parish Council. This having been seconded by Mr Thomas Evans, it was unanimously agreed to, and the Council dis- persed after a very protracted sitting. The next meeting of the Council will be held on the 22nd of February.
NEATH BOROUGH POLICE. MONDAY.—Before the Mayor (Councillor Hopkin Morgan), Councillors J. B. Davies and Hopkin Jones, Mr J. Fear Davies, Mr D. T. Sims and Mr T. Teague. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Margaret Ann, wife of David Rees, labourer, Joseph's-court, Hart-lane, was charged with being drunk and disorderly.—Police-constable Evans (7) proved the charge, and the defendant-who is an old offender-was fined 10s and costs, or 14 days. CLEAN SHUT. Wm. Bramley, lodger, Cattle-street, was charged by his landlady, Catherine Stokes, with assaulting her.—Defendant did not appear in Court.—Com- plainant said defendant knocked her about on the pretext that she did not attend to his requirements, and that she had neglected to provide him with the periodical clean shirt. The words he used were in effect I say, Mrs Stokes, what are you about ? If you don't giva my shirt I cannot go out, I cannot go out," said he.-Defendant was fined j61 and costs, or 14 days.
ABERAVON COUNTY POLICE. MONDAY. — Before Mr W. H. P. Jenkins, Dr Arnallt Jones and Mr Charles Jones. BBUITK AND DISORDERLY. Charlotte Holmes, peddlar, convicted on a charge of being drunk and disorderly, was fined 7s 6d and costs, or ten days. Frank Roberts, labourer, Taibach, charged with committing a similar offence on the 21st inst., was fined 5s and costs.
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"TRACING THE DtfE HAND THROUGH THE.RVELS OF NATU' Science itself helps largelyTOmote worthy conceptions of God. We thll by now old remember how the last hours 1 old year were spent in mirth and hilarity, acrcely a word of joy or praise to God couldheard on such occasions except from the lips Qe who believed they had been converted, and costly felt them- selves safe whatever might hafluring the in- coming year. They held m'lt services in church and chapel, in which tiling mind was excited to the highest pitch by le warnings of hell fire, and by the recollections misdeeds and childish follies of the past year. cely a word of joy or praise to God could jard on such occasions, except, as I have alreiated, from the so-called converted by the at blood. The morbid tones of those meetings lo be preferred to the festive gatherings for the indulgence of eating, drinking, and revelry, arose from a notion about the change of datfcn one year to another. The prayer meetings )r their back- ground a dreadful Being whom ,e dare trust, and the festive gatherings were iously, or un- consciously, adapted to help VeolioTget and to shut out that dreadful Being fr<eir thoughts and all this apparent piety and ciality did not recognise a loving God to whom Ved so many mercies and blessings in the past„n whom they could safely build all bright holt- the future. By now mens' minds have beeightened, and wholesome and elevating, joyous hopeful, in- timately interwoven with a might eternal love which crowns all our days; thfambrance of which kindles, it is true, a deep s for sins and failures, but absolutely free fromimpious dis- trust of the Divine mercy and conon, inspiring high resolves and joyful hope of di little better in the years to come. The constaigence uf this eternal love makes all days, all)ns, equally sacred, equally solemn. And now a few words to my yojouBtrymen. Older ones no doubt know already the division of time into twelve months is onlYigh division which has to be corrected by thition of an extra day every fourth year, and rrangement only lasts till the end of three ceid, when the extra day of leap year does not o The event which is the basis of our year is tmpletion of the earth's journey on its orbit r the sun, so that any moment of any day of aDJith might be chosen by us as a starting poinvi which to reckon one year. Several of such 3 have been chosen in different places and byreut races The Jews reckon the beginning o^. year from the 1st of October. The Mahomcg from the flight of the Prophet, 28th of Jai. In olden times the Christian year began )e 25th of March. Then, as the 'people that time were eleven days out of their )ning, old Lady Day was on the 5th of April. And this explains why the Nationaagury still dates all its accounts from the 5tfci In the year 1752, the old style was abay and the present reckoning from January latine general all over Europe, except in Russia, t still ad- heres to the old style. But no ma'rom what point we start, the earth occupies n six hours longer than 365 days in completing journey round the sun. So that those midnijlehrations of seeing the old year out and the Ine in, are not kept up to time with any accurtand while we are drinking in the birth of the year, the new year is not yet born. The coince between the celebration and the event can Cata place about midnight every fourth year. ".uge clock which measures for us our years, sitty rolling on its orbit round the sun, has to t: in round numbers to complete its journey, andumber of miles the earth has to travel are 58,000 and that is covered in 365J days. Scarcey fact is 4 less recognised and realised than thebceivable speed and radidity—it is twenty-sevens faster than the shot fired from the fastest or more than 1,009 miles a minute. Were therire8j8tiDg medium through which the earth b, pass it would sweep off every globule of atheric Hir, whereas not a globule is displaced, tbth com- pletes her, and wins her race againsfe within the hundredth part of a second althohe has to change her speed while passing the pEon, and occasionally her satellite the moon reta^jgtimes augments her speed, and the other plf notably Venus and Jupiter now and then exer, marked influence upon her orbit. In spite of and in spite of a frequent bombardment of ors and meteorites through which she has to sac earth turns up to time at Greenwich, to tlndredth part of a second. The thought of thuderful journey of the earth brings us face to iith the living God, who ordained it and gghe first impulse of motion to our earth, aud like0 every sun, star, and planet in the Universe, tand at all times in the very presence of a lilgod of power, wisdom, and love unspeakable. knows what he is doing, knew it from the begg) and knows thts final issue which will fulnl lurpoee. He hath given to you and to me a lawh must not be broken, the law of motion, the la^jtivity, the law of progress, our law only dilferiom the motion given to the earth in that oura, spiral constantly ascending, constantly coming-er and nearer to His light and love. The e. moves always in the same plane while we finisl course higher up, we begin it again from a higlarting point. Ap GLN.
ABERGWYNFI NOTES ZD NEWS. At the recent examination held at Owen's College, Manchester, on the 27th, 28th, 19th of December, Mr John Richard Jones, of Arynfi, was one of the successful candidates ou\ large number of competitors for the 2nd class ager's Certifil)8.te, Great praise is due to Mr Jfor his perseverance. He has passed during 18 many as three examinations in various places wiarked success. This speaks very highly of Mr who is only 21 years of age, and also of the lemen who instructed him so efficiently for eacl^ion. We wish this promising young man everless in his studies. An Eisteddfod was held at Tabor y on Monday, under the presidency of thtv, J, Williams. The adjudioators on music Messrs Jenkins and Kinsey, and on prose Messiberts (Trebar Afan) and Thomas. The chair ably filled by Mr T. Griffiths, Abon Level Col who opened the proceedings with a speech was heartily applauded. The competitions then proceeded with as follows :—Soprano 8010 >r 12) "Y Tlysau," four competed Miss )llian Williams. For the best letter from a plO his teacher, two competed-Mr J. R, Jonea>enor solo, "Dacw'r bwythyn gwyn," five eqd- Mr R. Price. Bass solo, "Yr hwn a fero" six competed—Mr J. A. Jenkins. For the be%y Timothy, four competed-the prize wa&jj^ between Messrs J. R. Jones and W. I^an8 Soprano 8010, "Yn chwifo'r cadach gw one competed—Miss Maggie James. For the %ita- tion of "Ymsom y Meddwyn"—prize avyj to the only competitor, Mr D. Jones. Eor best recitation of six verses (under 12), two cOed- Miss John. Duet, I fynny"-prize awj to Messrs Lippial and Jenkins. For the bEeooh on "Y nwy"—prize awarded to Mr J. Anos For the best dialogue on the "Advantf an(j disadvantages of a strike," two parties co^d— the prize was divided between both partie";8sr8 Thomas and King and Messrs Jones and \ni8 Chief choral competition, Abergwvnfi}lree choirs competed-prize awarded to Tab\0;P conducted by Mr J, Roberta.
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MEDICAL OFFICERSHIP OF NEATH. TO THE EDITOR, SIB,-I notice that the letters which have appeared in your Cardiff contemporary during the past week under above heading have received the attention of that doughty warrior Watchman," and it is his reference in your issue of to-day that inspires me with the hope that I too may be allowed to refer to them in your columns. To "Medico's" letter of the 24th I would more particularly refer, and especially to that part anent the cause of resignation of the late medical officer. I have yet to learn that the late officer did resign his charge on account of want of knowledge, at the time of acceptance of the arduous nature of the duties involved, as Medico would have us believe. My opinion of that gentle- man's foresight will not for one moment admit of such a construction. Having, as a representative of the people in the Town Council, dealt with this as with other phases of the administration, it is hard to accept the proposition that the post was re- signed on account of what the holder did not know a year ago. I will pot hark back 30 years with Medico," but will substitute three, or say five, as both will have the same application, and will be less confusing than the longer period besides, there is the possibility that five years of municipal history may be as much as our own—"Medico's" and mine-personal experience will allow us to survey. I admit that time effects change, but I will not admit that duties appertaining to this post are so different now from what they were five years ago as to constitute a reasonable claim for the additional sum that I I Medico" takes upon himself to suggest as a fitting remuneration at the present time, and in addition to the assistance referred to furthtir on. I correct myself as to the term employed. It is true that I should have said assistant sanitary inspector, and not "medical officer," but to all intents and purposes, as far as this particular post and the rate- payers are concerned, the terms are synonymous, and I repeat that this assistance is an addition which was not provided five, or even three yjars ago, leaving 30 years quite out of the question. I am interested in the eulogy upon the "assistant inspector which Medico indulges in. I have no wish to detract from his merits on this particular occasion the necessity for, or ability of that mem- ber was not in question, and the reference is irrevelant to that issue, so much so indeed that I was constrained to glance at the writer's signature and to wonder! The comparison drawn between the post in question and that of medical officership of the Neath Union is an incongruity for which there is no excuse. "Medico" must know the posts aie dissimilar in all respects, and I will advise him for his own edification to peruse and to note the rules, regulations, conditions and circumstances, that govern both respectively. We do not question that the late officer seized diseased meat and con- demned filthy buildings. These are cardinal points in the contract of acceptance, and will be required of his successor, if need be, as they were of his pre- decessor. Surely Medico does not wish me to infer that these are the items which constitute the mysterious, and were the final undoing of the link that formed the connection between the officer and the post. Without these there would be no need for the expenditure of a groat, "Medico." There was also some reference in those letters of a family likeness t., Siberia and "Cockle Alley," but as these classic introductions are a trifle too profound for the illiterate, I will exercise my pre- rogative, and refrain from venturing so far.— I am, &c., THE BASSHEE. Neath, January 25th.
"FAIRPLAY" AND THE GILFACH I CONCERT. TO THE EDITOR. SIB,—I am accused of being the author of the report which appeared in the Gazette of the 18th inst., signed Fairplay." To every cemmunication which has passed between me and you I have always attached the nmn-de-^hom "Deiniol" and my proper name, and, as I had nothing to do with last week's report, I hope you will give this letter or denial the same publicity. Thanking you in antici- pation,-I am, &c., HUGH T. ROBERTS. London House, Gilfach.
THE MAN WITH A GRIEVANCE." TO THE EDITOR. Sm,—Having fallen into error in saying yards" instead of feet," pray allow of its correction, and an expression of regret at having wrongly stated. It does not, however, do away with the allegation respecting the late Board having allowed a contra- vention of their bye-law 86 it merely alters the proportional distance. Every other statement is confirmed, and I can now adtl that there have already been four cleanings during this month of January. Pray, do not misunderstand me. I have no personal feeling beyond the fear of illness being caused by what is done. Let the ratepayers of Bridgend form their opinion from plain facts. Here is a modern, a commodious, and no doubt very comfortable resi- dence, designed by an architect, taking approxi- mately some ten times the amount it contributes to the rates to keep it in a proper habitable condition, and notwithstanding the four cleanings this month, the place is again overflowing to-day.—I am, &c., T. CBISWICK. January 29th, 1895.
GRAND BAZAAR AT BRITON FERRY. ——— On Thursday afternoon, a grand bazaar was held at the Wcsleyau Schoolroom, Briton Ferry, when the opening ceremony was performed by Lady Caroline Jenkins, Baglao House, who was accompanied by Mr Jenkins and the Misses Jenkins. The stalls, which were gaily decorated with evergreens, showed a most picturesque ap- pearance, curiosities from all parts of the world being exhibited on them. The room was gaily decorated with artietically worked mottoes, such as "Welcome to Lady Caroline Jenkins" &c. Amongst those present at the stalls, were Mrs Sarchet, Mrs A. Steel, Mrs Revell, Misses H. Lewis and Jenkins, Misses Davies, M. Davies, E. Davies Revell, Steel, the Rev. C. Sarchet, Messrs A. Steel, A. R. Roberts, and J. Alford, Cwmavon. The bazaar was open for the remainder of the week.
P15- NANSKN'S POLAR Kxntnmojt.—Mwara. Ofcdfcury bavti supplied about 1.500 11*. of Ooooa Essence and Choco- late in hermetically sealed tins, it being provisions taken should keep for BfTfH rears. Dr. Nnnstfn lias exercised a wise choice in selecting en absolutely pure eoco» of such typical excellence as Cadbury's. CADBURY'S COCOA.—44 A Cocoa possessing valuable flesh-forrninr qualities, aDd imparting Strength and Staying Power."—Health.
INTERVIEW FROM THE "ESSEX TELEGRAPH." In consequence of instructions received to inter- view a lady who seems to have been a lamentable instance of hospital failure, an Essex Telegraph reporter called upon Miss Louisa Fenner, at Green Lane, Ardleigh, Essex. Miss Fenner told the following story: "I am twenty-nina years old, and since the age of sixteen I have been an invalid. Thirteen years ago I became ill with disease of the spine, and for three months I was lying in the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in London. Then I came home, gradually getting worse, though all manner of treatment was tried upon me. I became a patient at the local hospital, and for seventeen months after I left that institution I took medicine regularly without a break. The doctor at last gave me up. I was on the brink of the grave, and all my friends looked upon my case as hopeless. But you see,' she added with a hearty laugh, I am very much alive now, and, in fact, have never felt better." "How, then, comes this wonderful change ?" "It happened in this way," said Mis-t Fenner's mother A short time ago we saw in the news- papers a report of the unexpected recovery of a young woman at G-reat Bentley through taking Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. The case ot my daughter and the young woman at Great Bentley seemed so similar, that I asked Louisa to try the same Pills. She was that day, as she says, on the brink of the grave, as pale as the sheets, and her hands cold as death. I was unable to leave her for a moment, for she herself did not hope to live the night through; but a lady got a box of br. Williams' Pink Pills for me. The improvement when she commenced to take them was trulv wonderful. Tn four days the blood had come back to her-the change was quite apparent-and in eight days she seemed to be completely restored. I shall never forget the change brought about in those eight days. Friends who came to see my daughter were astounded. 1 know,' Mrs Fenner continued, that if people knew the benefit Dr Williams' Pink Pills have conferred upon my daughter they would say with me that they are indeed a blessing, and everybody should recognise what good they can do. Sue has an excellent appetite, and whereas she had been Ii) pale, she has now got back the colour she had when a girl. Another remarkable circumstance in my daughter's case is this five years ago an attack of sciatica took away all feeling in the right side. Dr. Williams' Pink Pills have also restored her in this respect, and all numbness has now disap- peared. Her recovery is, in short, a miracle." And," the daughter added, Dr. Williams' Pills restored me when all else failed. For not only have I been in the Hospitals and undergone treat- ment of all kinds, but I have been into Lincolnshire, and to Harwich and Felixstowe, with the object of regaining health and strength." Dr. Williams' Pink Pilis for Pale reople are not like other medicines, because they cure by directly enriching the blood and purifying it from disease, and thus strengfhen the tissues of the body and give tone to the nerves. They cure in this way all such diseases as rheumatism, neuralgia, partial paralysis, locomotor ataxy, St. Vitus' dance, nervous headache, nervous prostration, and the tired feeling resulting therefrom, diseases depending upon humours in the blood, such as scrofula, chronic erysipelas, &c. They restore pale and sallow com- plexions to the glow of health, and 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. These Pills are not a purgative, and are absolutely safe, even for the most delieate. This applies, how- ever, only to Dr. Williams' genuine Pink Pills; substitutes and imitations are dangerous. Dr. Williams' Pink Pills are only genuine in round wooden tubes, about two inches long, labelled with a circular containing Dr. Williams' directions for use, and secured in a wrapper of pink paper, printed in red ink. Purchasers should look for the full name, Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale People. Anything sold as such without this is fraudulant, and Dr. Williams' Medicine Company will pay a reward for private information. The Pills are sold by nearly all chemists, or may be had direct from the Dr. Williams' Medicine Company, of 46, Hol- born-viaduct, London, at 2s 9d a box, or six boxes for 13s 9d. 1322
REVIEWS. The Great Thoughts number for this month chronicles a new and most interesting departure. A forecast of the probable developments of the 41 Twentieth Century in Literature, Theology. Science, Politics, and Social Life is attempted by many of the leading thinkers of the day. The diecussion is opened in trenchant, lucid fashion by Dr. Joseph Parker, and the articles by Canon Scott Holland, Rev. John Clifford. and A. E. Fletcher, Esq., editor of the Daily Chronicle, are of deep and abiding interest. In addition to all this, tho usual features of this justly popular journal are fully maintained. As a deecriptive portrait it would be difficult to find anything in current magazine literature to surpass the sketch of Thoreau and his work as a Poet Naturalist. The breeze of morning blows through the pages and star and peak and woodland are mirrored in the steady lake of the writei's pure and limpid style. The whole article is an exquisite comment on Thoreau's own words I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." The story which commences with this issue is also of the tenderest and deepest interest Some of its de- scriptive passiges are positively lovely, and it holds out the promise of an unusual charm. WALES.—(Wrexham, Hughes and Son). A capital bill of fare is provided in the January number. The frontpiece "The bards of the Isle of Britain," adds distinctly to its value. There is not a dull or uninteresting page. The first chapter in "The struggle for intermediate education is an excellent foretuste of what is to come. The intro- duction is written by the editor. There is an in- teresting article on the antiquities of Holyhead, and the vicar of St. Paul's, Llanelly, continues the record of his observations on The Tinplater." The opinion formed by us after perusal of the first article is not reversed on reading the second. The I treatment of the subject is inadequate. It is sur- prising how little has been made of the vast amount of material to hand. What could be more disjointed than the following ? His rent is from 4s to 6s a week. Thehouws now built are commodious and sanitary. He often had a piano about the premises, and his daughters play to him." We hope that the tinplater pianoforte owners will at once take steps to place their pianos on the premises—indeed, the best and driest room should be chosen. Mr J. Arthur Price discourses on Suffering for the White Rose" and students of history will read with attention, even though many of them may not be in sympathy with some of the opinions expressed. The contri- bution on "Glimpses of early Cardiff" is very interesting. Those who have not time to read the whole of the number, should not fail to study the article by Mr Ivor James, of Cardiff, on The Welsh in the age of Maurice Kyffin." It is a matter of great satisfaction that more articles are to come from the same gifted pen. There are some pungent remarks upon The Welsh matriculation which deserve attention, and the extracts from The English laws relating to Wales" are deeply interesting. Y CKBDDOB—Ionawr, 1895 (Hughes & Son), Wrexham.—Dyma y rhifyn cyntaf o'r seithfed gyfrol, ac y mae yn gystal rhifyn a'r un a ym- ddangosodd o'i flaen. Haedda ysgrif Mr David Jenkins, Mus. Bac., ar Ddiwygiadau yn nglyn a'r Cymanfaoedd Canu," sylw dwysaf y rhai hyny svdd a fynout a threfniadau Cymanfaoedd Canu ar hyd a lied Cymrn. Y mae yr awgrymiadau yn amserol ac yn dra phwrpasol. Cawn ysgrifau hefyd gan Mr Eralyn Evans ar I I Yr Oratorio," a chan Asaph Glan Ebwv ar "Adgofion Cerddorol haner can mlynedd." Y mae T ddwy yn fuddiol ac add- ysgiadol. Ceir dwy o ranganau tlysion yn y rhifyn gan y Prof. Parson Price a Maglonydd. Cnmu Iii PLANT (Hughes & Son, Wrexham).— Rhifyn dyddorol ac adlysgiad>l iawn ydyw rhifyn Ionawr o'r cyhoeddiad hwn. Y m'te yn gwella bob mis. Heblaw darluniau da o Blant Chwarelwyr Ffestinieg," a Phlant Bugeiliaid y Wyddfa," ceir ysgrifau campus gan Andronicus a Laniel Owen (awdwr lihys Lewis). Y mae ysgrif Andronicus ar Y Gramadeg Ceiuiog," yn ddoniol droe ben. j Cawn ynddo be nod o Holi ac Atteb ar Hanes Cymru," ac ysjrrif dda i blant ar Se?yddiaeth." Haedda gylchrediad eang. Cyhoeddir ef o hyn j allan ar y laf o bob mis, ac nid ar y 15ftd. I
YSGOL GANOLRADDOL PENYBONT A'R CYLCHOEDD. MR. GOL.Mae yr ysgol hir ddiegwyliedighon bron bod yn barod i'w hagor mor bell ag mae yr adeiliad yn y cwestiwn. Bwriada y pwyllgor ei hagor yn gynar yr haf nesaf os gellir. Ond cyn y gellir ei hagor yn anrhydeddus mae llawer o bethau pwysig yn rhwym o gael eu gwneutbur. Gadawer i ni daflu golwg fywiog dros y sefyllfa, a'r gofynion y rhaid eu gwynebu cyn gallu agor yr ysgol yn anrhydeddus. Bydd yr adeilia.d yn unig yn costio rhyw bedair mil o bunau. Mae y County Council yn gyfrifol am dair mil o'r pe-dair. Felly gwelir fod un mil i'w casglu gan Benybont a'i cy'choedd. Da genym allu dweyd fod pedwar cant o'r mil wedi eu haddaw yn barod gan drigolion y dref, felly nid oes and cbwe' chant yn aros i'w casglu er cyrhaedd y swm gofynol, ac ar ol cael y ewm gofynol, gellir agor yr ysgol yn hollol rydd o ddyled. Pan yn taflu golwg frysiog ar y cylchoedd poblog fydd yn manteisio oddiwrth yr Ysgol Ganolraddol hon, ymddengys y chwe' chant fel diferyn yn y mor o'i gymharu a chyfoeth ag adnoddau y cymocdd cylchynol. Yn v.ir, dim ond eu cael o un meddwl ac un galon, byddai y chwe' chant angenrheidiol i anghofrwydd a diddymdra bythol o'i gymharu a'r manteision amrywiol a cbyfoetbog a ddygir gan yr ysgol hon i gyrhaedd bechgyn a merched ieuangc talentog ein cymoedd cyfagos. Edrycher eiliad ar y man- teison cysylltiedig o'r ysgol hon i drigolion y cymoedd cylchynol. Cydnebydd pawb bellach fod ei eafie yn y man mwyaf canolog i'r ioll gylcb, ac oblegid hyny disgwyliwn y bydd i'r cyhoedd hael trwy eu rhoddion gwirfoddol symud ymaith faich y ddyled erbyn dydd yr agoriad. Gwir y bydd yn ofynol talu yr hyn a addewir ar unwaith, ond gellir sicrhau y byddant lawer yn llai yn y diwedd, na phe anfonid y bechgyn a'r merched i Gaerdydd neu rhyw fan arall cyfagos er derbyn addysg. Byddai arian y train yn gymaint mewn blwyddyn os nad mwy na'r oil a ofynir gan y pwyllgor er eu galluogi i dalu y mil bunau am yr ysgol hon. Eto mae teimlad angerddol grefyddol y Cymro yn galw am lywodraethiad ac addysgiaeth ei blentyn mor agos ac y gellir i'w gartref, ac mewn lleoedd gaed yn rhydd (hyny yw mor rhydd ag y gellir disgwyl yn y dyddiau llygredig hyn) oddiwrth elfenau a themtasiynau sydd yn niweidiol i foesau a chymeriad eu plant. Rhaid cyfaddef mae tref fechan yw Penybont, ac fod ynddi lawer o demtasiynau, ond er hyny rhaid cydnabod nad oes ynddi y ganfed ran o'r temtasi- yuau sydd yn cyfarfod plant yn y trefi poblog felly bydd dod yma i'r ysgol yn amddiffyniad i'w cymeriad nioesol. Hefyd mae iechyd ein plant yn agos at ein meddwl eu calon, a cheir fod Penybont yn fanteisiol iawn yn y cyfeiriad hwn. Mae sefyllfa iachus (sanitary condition) y dref yn gyfryw, fel y cymeradwya ei hunan i bob dyn ystyriol. Ceir yma ddigon o rodfeydd (walks) i'r ieuangc i'w I hodio, a mwynhau awyr iach wrth rodiana bob fod mwg a tharth afiach gweithfeydd yn gwenwyno eu byegyfaint ieuatigc. Gellir dweyd yn ddibetrus parthed y mateiion a nodir yn y llythyr eyml hwn. Penybont yw pen y byd" yn ei chyfieusterau addyagol a iechyddoL Maey pwyllgor Ileol wedi gwirfoddoli (volunteered) i ymweled a'i cymoedd cylchynol yn achos yr ysgol hon, er ceisio fiurfio ynddynt bwyllgarau, a chynal cyfarfodydd, er anog y trigolion i supportio yr Ysgol Ganolradd gyntaf yn y cylch a'u rhoddion gw irfoddol. Hyderwn y cant-dderbyniad croesawgar, ac y bydd eu hymdrechion canmol- adwy yn llwydkiianus, ac y gwelir yr Yagol Ganolraddol yn Mhenybont yn cacl ei hagor yo rhydd o ddyled.—Yr eiddoch yn obeithiol, Y PWYUIOOR GWEITHIOU [Mae yn ddrwg genym ein bod wedi gorfod gadael yr uchod allan yr wythnos ddiweddaf trwy wasgfa anghyffredin ar ein gofod y fynud ddiweddaf.]
EVENTIDE. The sun's last rays have disappear'd, Leaving upon the clouds like tinow, s Which float about the summer sky, Where its fond beams have kisa'd a glow As of a fire, and sweet peace fills Each heart, and calms each ruffled breast; The breeze itself is soft and low, And e'en the birds have sunk to rest, For this is eventide. Oh my heart within me felt so Glad when I saw the daylight wane, The day had been so endless, and I lODg'd for eventide agaiu, For as I toil'd, I scarce could keep Back from mine eyes the rising tear; My braiu was weary, and my hands Felt tired, and my life seem'd drear- I sigh'd for eveutide I heard a voice which whispered Sweet words of comfort in mine elit- Work on, toil on, in patience still, For a short while and have no fear For those who labour and who strive, In this cold world to do their best- There is an everlasting rest, Calm as the eventide." Ah stretch thee forth thine arms, and wave A last farewell to me, 0 trees, When I no more may look on thee With my dead eyeo and thou O breeze, Who oft hast kiss'd away my tears, Play thou upon my stiff dead face, And then O mother earth-wilt thou Receive me in thy fond embrace, When falls life's eventide. Bridgend. CALON.
MAGIC LANTERN ENTERTAIN- MENT AT RESOLVEN. On Wednesday evening in last week, at the schoolroom, Resolven, Mr Councillor Wearne, of Swansea, delivered a most entertaining lecture on "A scamper across the States," illustrated by lime- light views. Mr Councillor J. T. Williams, Resolven, presided, and there was a good audience. Some of the views were very good, giving rare glimpses of American scenery, and winding up with capital delineations of some of the most important buildings and other interesting features of the Chicago World's Fair, the whole concluding with some comic pictures, which delighted the juvenile portion of the audience. Mr Searle, of Swansea read the lecture. The proceeds of the entertainment are for the benefit of Sardia English Baptist Chapel.
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