AN UNFOUNDED CHARGE AT COWBRIDGE. At the Cowbridge County Police Court, on Tuesday—before Colonel Tyler (chairman), Air F. W. Dunn and Air D. Thomas (Mayor)—Hughes, haulier, Llanblethian, was charged with having stolen a quantity of cog-wood, to the value of 12s, from" The Walks" Llanblethian, the property of Messrs Edwards and Lewis, timber merchants, Pontypridd. Mr Edwards deposed that wood had been cut for his firm at The Walks," and on January 23rd, he was proceeding from Bolston in company with another gentleman, when he saw the defendant coming out of the place with a cart load of cog- wood. Asked where he had the wood from, de- fendant said he had sent his man for some brush- wood. The Chairman They had permission to take brushwood ? Witness replied in the affirmative, and pro- ceeded to say that defendant told him that his man had made a mistake-had loaded the cart with cog wood instead of brushwood, as be had been told to do. Witness asked the defendant if he did not know better than to take the cogwood, and he said he did not know anything about it, and that it was his man's fault. Defendant then said he would take the cogwood back, and he turned the horse to do so, but he (witness) did not know whether he took it to the termination or not. The value of the cogwood in the cart was 12s. Mr Edwards added that he had lost wood of the same description from the same place previously. The Chairman Do you suspect somebody else Witness No I don't, sir, I give permission for them to take brushwood, but they can easily dis- tinguish the one from the other. The Chairman Have you been in the habit of selling cogwood in the neighbourhood ? Witness No sir. By the defendant: He first began to lose cog- wood in March. He had never seen him (the de- fendant) there, nor one of his men. Defendant: You came up to my house, with the two police officers, and asked me for 16s. Witness I told you the value of them was 16s, without the hauling. Defendant: And that 1 could go free if I paid you 16s ? Witness: No I dtdn t. Defendant: Didn't I tell you that as you had been so kind to bring two officers with you— (laughter)-to go and search over my premises ? Witness Yes. Defendant: Did you find anything there?—No. Defendant: No, and never would. Mr Parson, the gentleman who accompanied Mr Edwards on the day in question, gave corrobora- tive evidence as to meeting the defendant and his man with the cogwood in the cart. Police-sergeant Canton proved accompanying Mr Edwards to the defendant's house. The de- fendant told them that his man took the wood by mistake. Mr Edwards told the defendant that the timber was worth 16s, but did not make any request. Defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, and electing to be dealt with summarily, stated in de- fence that having had leave to fetch brushwood when he liked, he sent his man, Moses David, on January 23rd, to fetch some. The hounds happened to be about that day, and seeing that his man was rather long at it, he went to look for him, and met him with the cogwood, and said, This is not the timber,you have made a mistake." David replied, Never mind, there's not much al- together," the defendant said, But this is not the right thing to do." They then met Air Edwards. Moses David bore out the above statement, when defendant met him with the cogwood, they had a dispute, defendant telling him to take them back, and be, witness, saying I won't, I've taken the trooble to get 'em, and you'd better take 'em back yourself." (Laughter.) By the Bench: The defendant told him to get "sticks." It was his (witness's) mistake al- together. The Chairman said the magistrates considered that the defendant was not to blame, and that it was entirely the fault of his man. Therefore the case would be dismissed.
COUNTY COUNCILLOR T. J. Mjr ES AND HIS CONi "UENTS. f; SUCCESSFUL JlNG AT TONDU. AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STEWARDSHIP. SPEECH BY MR. J. BOYD HARVEY, County Councillor T. J. Hughcs addressed the -first meeting of his constituents in view of the 'forthcoming County Council Electidh, at Tondu, on Wednesday evening. The school-room where the meeting was held, notwithstanding the incle- ment weather, was filled, and the utmost unanimity prevailed throughout. Mr J. Boyd Harvey occupied the chair, and besides the can- didate there were on the platform:—Mr W. J Richards (president of the Liberal Association), Mr D. P. Thomas (president of the Chamber of Trade), Mr Evan Matthews (treasurer Liberal Association), and Mr Millman (a representative railwayman). The Chairman on rising to address the meeting was accorded a hearty reception. He remarked that he filled the chair with pleasure because he counted Mr Hughes as one of his personal friends -and it was a duty because of the great services Mr Hughes had rendered to the district (applause) Mr Harvey alluded to the excellent way in which Mr Hughes acquitted himself as chairman at the big Tondu Eisteddfod after having received only three hours notice and passing on, said although Mr Hughes was unsuccessful in inducing the County Council not to advise the attachment of Tondu to the Bridgerd Local Board District, he made such efforts outside the Council that the proposal fell through.; and they were now rated -2s in the £ less then they should have been had they been attached to -Bridgend (hear hear). The Chairman referred to the readiness with which Mr Hughes always proffered his advice when ap- proached by him and others as the County Coun- cillor for the district, describing him as a man pos- sessed of a vast knowledge of parochial affairs (hear hear.) Proceeding, the Chairman said if Mr Hughe" came out as a Conservative, Radical, or Re- publican, he would support him for the faithful way in which ho had served the best interests of the place, and it was not probable that he would be opposed, unless by a person having more leisure and money than ho knew what to do with (laughter). If there was a fault to find with him he (Mr Harvey) might have opposed him. Alluding to the statement that appeared in the Mail that no Nonconformist ministers or Catholic priests ever visited the sick in the asylum, Mr Harvey said that was not cortect (hoar, hea"). The Catholic priest was unable to have access to the patients in the way he ought, and no doubt it was the same with Nonconformist ministers. They wanted more freedom and he hoped Mr Hughes would support them and that a register giving the denomination of each patient would be kept. It was possible of course that the Church of England had a majority of lunatics in the Asylum —(loud laughter) — but there were some un- fortunate Catholics and Nonconformists there, who should have proper spiritual attention (hear, hear). The chaplain received a salary, and the Nonconformist ministers and Catholic priests should also be paid (hear, hear). But nothing eatisfactory would be done until they had dises- tablishment (applause). It was of vast importance that they bhould show the people of England that the great majority of Wales were in favour of disestablishment. He was not aware of that when he lived in England, and the bulk of the English people did not know it; and it was of vital importance that the County Councils should as representative bodies, pass resolutions in favour I of disestablishment. With disestablishment they would not only have access to the asylum, but every religious body would be put on the same locus standi as Established Church clergymen. Mr Harvey concluded by some eulogistic references to Mr Hughes as the representative of the district, and remarked that he had given more information to the district on the proper working of the Parish Councils Act than any handbook could (loud cheers). Mr T. J. Hughes, on rising to address the meeting was loudly cheered. Beginning by thanking Mr Harvey for his kind references, Mr Hughes said he esteemed highly the generous offer of Mr Harvey to preside over the meeting, because he occupied a unique position in the place (applause). If there was any man who was entitled to represent that division it would be the chairman, but they had heard his generous words, and all he (Mr Hughes) could say was that as their representative he had endeavoured to do his duty according to his lights, without fear or favour. and independently of sect or creed (cheers). Dealing with some points in the Chairman's speech, Mr Hughes said there was a great and pressing need of increased facilities being placed in the way of the ministers of the various de- nominations, to administer consolation to those asylum inmates who did not belong to the Established Church. If a census were taken they I would probably find that the Established Church claimed a majority of the lunatics (laughter). If a religious census were takenrin Wales, everyone who was not a Nonconformist or a Catholic, was put down as Church of England and that would be the difficulty they as disestablishers would be in in Wales, if such a census were to be agreed upon. He would endeavour, if re-elected, to place every facility in the way of Nonconformist ministers, as he had endeavoured in the past. He bad done what he could but it was for the Non- conformist ministers to make the first move (hear, hear). They did not want unnecessarily to raise the odium theologicum, and if the County Council got a representation made to them on behalf of a representative body of Nonconformists, they would be only too glad to act upon any suggestions (cheers). The only remedy however was disestab- lishment. Thero were many inmates in the asylum who had their sane moments, who were fully entitled to receive the consolation of gentle- men whose churches they had attended. It was not a question of loaves and fishes, but of status, ancl it cropped up in a hundred different places and ways, and the hardship would remain until they disestablished the Church of England in Wales and placed the various bodies of the army of Christ upon the same level,lall striving to do the same work and striving to reach the same goal (applause). Passing on Mr Hughes said he was not going to give a review of the work of the County Council during the last three years. He thought it was rather his duty to give an account of his stewardship—to say what he had done and how he had acted. He was quite prepared how ever to give an account of the work of the Council .&gain if they desired it. PREGNANT FIGURES. Dra- tio" first to the importance of the Cou:„ ttÍr' Hnghes said the administrative County rgan (excluding the county boroughs of c "ff and Swansea contained 505,616 acres; N tli a population in 1891 of 467,594; and wHh 842,264 houses. The increase iin the population of the administrative county out side the boroughs from 1881 tu 1891 was no less than 115,633, being at the rate of 32 7 per cent, in the 10 years. This increase was greater proportionately than the increase in any other county in the fUnited Kingdom, except Essex (which, however, formed a great portion of the East End of London.) The estimated population to the middle of last year .was 521,872. The Council, therefore, looked after | the health of half a million of people, and that was 1 a complete justification for the appointment of a County Medical Officer,who had already done invalu- able work. His (the speaker's) record of attendances were:—County Council meetings, 12 out of a possible 14 (on one occasion he was absent he was in London in the middle of a very heavy law suit, and on the other occasion he was taking a rest after an attack of illness); Local Government Committee, 19 times out of 22; and the Asylums Committee, seven times out of 14. As to the Asylums Committee the work was really done in sub-committee, and the recommendations made by the sub-committee wpre generally adopted en bloc; and he had always endeavoured to be present at the monthly meetings of the sub-committee. (Applause.) He always saw in print the recommendations, and if there were anything to which he objected he always tried to attend the Asylums Committee irrespective of personal sacrifice. He was put on the Farm Sub-Committee—on The principe, he supposed, of lums a non hwendo; and the Asylums Committee bad appointed him as their represen- tative on the Finance Committee of the County Council. Mr Hughes explained at length what he had done in these connections, and coming to his work on the Local Government Committee-a most important committee- he detailed what had been done by the ccmmittee under the Foods and Drugs Act, and combating the complaint that the committee was extravagant in its expenditure, produced figures which showed that whereas in September, 1893, 17 per cent. of the samples sent to the County Analyst for analysis were found to be adulterated, it had dropped quarter by quarter until by December, 1894, it was 7 per cent. (Cheers). That was an absolute justification for the money spent. They sent a case to the Court of Appeal, and had been the means of exposing some anomalies of the Act, and a select committee of the House of Commons had been appointed to investigate, and an amendment Act would no doubt be soon passed. (Applause). The county would have contributed in no small degree to this consumma- tion. (Applause). He next dealt with the work of the committee in connection with the Parish Councils Act in arranging governing areas with its powers in regard to weights and measnres and with its action on the question of county charities (the result being that Mr Rhys Williams had been appointed a Commissioner to inquire into them). He (Mr Hughes) was appointed on a sub-committee of three to draw up the bye-laws, which were at present in force in the county. He was also on the committee that framed the duties, &c., of the County Medical Officer. Mr Hughes spoke in justification of this appointment, calling attention to the unremitting vigilance he exercised over the sanitary condition of every district in the county. His report to the County Council during the year was a marvel of close work and in consequence of the appointment, there had already been a great cleansing of Augean stables. He was also on the sub- committee that prepared the Council's Standing Orders. At this stage Mr Harvey had to leave in con- sequence of feeling unwell. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded him and he was enthusias- tically cheered. Mr W. J. Richards filled the chair. Mr Hughes, resuming, referred to the great stand-up fight" the Council had with the Great Western Railway Company, before the Railway Commissioners in the matter of passen- ger service. The result of the fight would have the benefit of forcing the Railway Company and inducing the Board of Trade to be more stringent in their regulations in future with reference to railway companies, so that it would be a hard thing for any railway company to obtain powers now without guaranteeing passenger accommo- dation within a certain time. The Council had thus been the means of getting satisfactory clauses inserted in the Port Talbot and other railway bills. Mr Hughes went on to refer to his endeavours in explaining at public meetings the Parish Councils Act, and acknowledged the services rendered in this connection at Tondu by Mr Harvey and Mr Hurley. He evoked applause by an allusion to the success that attended the agitation against the annexation of Tondu to Bridgend. He would however, he said, never rest until they had an Urban District at Tondu. He told the Commissioner not to thrust the old scheme down the Tondu and Aberkenfig people's throats, but to give them a chance of producing a scneme ot their own (applause). The people knew best what they wanted, and he urged them to put their heads together,and propound a workable scheme, and send it up to the Local Government Committee. A Parish Council was not good enough for the district, who shoul have control of the sanitation, etc. Passing on to the Asylum, Mr Hughes said on the 1st January, 1895, the inmates numbered 1,162 573 males, and 589 females. That was equal to One lunatic in every 360 of the inhabitants of the county. The average for the rest of the United Kingdom was one in every 520, so that Glamorganshire was lower than the rest of the country. Mr Hughes attributed this to the migratory disposition of the industrial population and their conseqrent inter-marrying of strangers the population in agricultural counties like Kent being so stationary that everybody married his first cousin (laughter)—such inter-marriages being held to be a serious cause of insanity. The accommodation for males was 549 and for females 506-total, 1,053; so that on January 1st the deficiency in accommodation was 107. Thev had thus 109 in the Asylum more than there was room for. That was a justification for the money that was being spent on the Parcgwyllt extension. There would be accommodation when that was completed for 1,305 inmates and by the time it was completed, and assuming the increase of inmates was at the same hitherto, there would be only an extra accommodation for 40 left. The average annual admissions during the past five years bad been Cardiff, 39 per cent, of the whole; Swansea, 12 per cent.; the administrative county, 49 per cent. The administrative county outside the boroughs, therefore, had not sent half the lunatics. The population in 1891 wereCardiff 128.000 (19 per cent. of the population of the county); Swansea, 90,000 (13 per cent.); and the administrative county, 467,954 (near to 68 per cent.) The contributions received in 1891 were:- Cardiff, £ 6,591 (equal to 23 per cent. of the whole cost); Swansea, £ 4,346 (equal to 25 per cent ) and the county, £218,<4:31 (equal to 63 per cent.) Therefore, in 1891, although the administrative county contributed 63 per cent. towards the cost, whereas it only sent 49 per cent. of the lunatics. He advocated, therefore, that Cardiff and Swansea should have separate institutions. (Cheers.) Quoting from an official Blue Book Mr Hughes said the average cost per head per week of lunatics in the United Kingdom was 9s. 2d.; in Glamorganshire it was 8s. 3(1. ;-(applltuse)- and that figure was not brought about at the expense of the comfort of the inmates-whoso lot he had always tried to make as cheerful as he could. (Applause). Were they going to put the matter upon a low basis of so much per head per to » farthing when the comfort and health and happiness of so many unfortunate beings were concerned ? He would not for a moment be a party to it. (Cheers.) As a member of the Farm Committee of the Asylum, he claimed to have brought about one reform—the buying of their own meat. He spoke in justification of the proposed expenditure on a reservoir, remarking that the inmates had been compelled at times to drink the filthy water from the Ogmore. Pro- ceeding, Mr Hughes said if they would re-elect him he would endeavour in future as he had done in the past to serve them faithfully and honestly. (Cheers.) He did not hesitate to proclaim himself a KafUcat—as to land, Imperial politics, and ecclesiastical matters. At the same time he always tried to represent both parties, and he claimed the support of both parties. (Applause) It is rumoured (he continued) that Mr Knox is to oppose me. I know Mr Knox personally. The first time we met at close quarters was at the Land Commission, when we had a good, hard tussle. Since then we have been very good friends. If he comes out I promise him a good square fight. I shall not hit below the belt, and I shall do my best to give him a good drubbing. (Laughter and applause). There has been no authoritative announcement as to whether lie is coming forward or not, but it is difficult to see what are his claims on the division. Of course Mr Knox is quite as much at liberty to come here as I was three years ago, and I am prepared to fight it out with him. My claim to your support is past services and an honest endeavour to do all I could to merit your confidence. If Mr Knox did come forward he (Mr Hughes) would have another opportunity of addressing the electors of Tondu. He had had promises of support from Conservatives as well as Liberals. Mr Hnphes concluded with some observations as to the responsibility that rented on each voter, and sat down amid loud applause. The Chairman in the course of a short speech took exception to the salary paid to Dr. Pringle, saying that there were hundreds of people in the principality who would fill the post for £400. Rev Mr Johns refuted the accusation made against Nonconformist ministers that they did not visit the sick at the Asylum, and said he had con- vened a meeting of ministers when it was ascer- tained that they did visit the Asylum. He how- ever had not been there on a pastoral visit, as he had always thought it was not open for a Noncon- formist minister. He was prepared to go there to preach any time. They had arranged to meet the Bridgend ministers on Monday. Mr D. P. Thomas moved a resolution expressing a vote of confidence in Mr Hughes, and pledging the meeting's support. He described Mr Hughes as a faithful servant—a friend of the railwaymen, of the ironworkers, and of the colliers. He had been very useful on the Park Slip Committee, and had offered to draw up some deeds for nothing. j He had also been the means of creating the Chamber of Trade (applause). Mr Milman seconded, observing that Mr Hughes bad no warmer supporters than the rail- waymen of Tondu (applause). The Chairman then invited questions. Mr H. J. Saunders said although politically opposed to Mr Hughes, he supported his candida- ture most heartily, and it would be a great mistake to bring forward any one in opposition. Politics he added had nothing to do with the election, and he wished Mr Hughes every success (applause). Mr J. D. Morgan said Mr Hughes was one of the best representatives on the Glamorgan County Council (cheers). It was rumoured, however, by some of his critics-or opponents—that he had not done his duty on the Asylum Committee- that in appointments he had passed over Welsh- men in favour of outsiders. Mr Hughes said the only appointment to which he had been a party was the farm bailiff, who knew Welsh and English (applause). The ap- pointment of head attendant was vested in the medical superintendent. He might say however that he was not going to vote for a Welshman merely because he was a Welshman (applause). He deprecated the cry of Wales for the Welsh," for if they shut Englishmen out from themselves, they (Welshmen), would be shut out from the world. He would never be a party to such narrow and insular prejudice. It was not Wales for the Welsh," but "All the world for the Welsh." In these appointments Welsh was but one element in a series of qualifications but he would regard a knowledge of Welsh so important as to override slight deficiencies in other directions. But he had not voted for a single official in the Asylum who had not a knowledge of Welsh, and he would not do so (applause). He added that it was only fair to the eminent medical superinten- dent, Dr Pringle, that he should say there seemed to be a great scarcity of Welsh applicants, more especially for the higher posts in the Asylum. Air Morgan accepted the explanation as most satisfactory. The Chairman having added a few words, put the resolution to the meeting, which was carried unanimously, and with acclamation. The proceedings then ended.
NEATH BOARD OF GUARDIANS, THE ELECTION EXPENSES. A meeting of the above Board was held on Tuesday, Mr John Henry Rowland (chairman), presiding. The following also were present:- Air Hopkin Jones, vice-chairman, Messrs J. H. Mcore, J. E. Moore, C. S. Price, Isaac Evans, William Howell, M. G. Roberts, A. S. Gardner, William Jones, W. B. Trick, W. D. Jones, B. A. GriffiLhe, Llewellyn Howell, John Jones, James Preston, J. Edwards-Vaughan, J. Muir, Edward Davies, Osborne Sheppard, Lewis Jenkins, John Morgans, D. R. David, Lewis Howell, David Powell, S. B. Davies, Rev J. Edwards, Dr Thomas, and Dr Llewellyn Daviee. The case of Sarah Davies, Coedfranc, was con. sidered by the full Board. The question was in regard to whether Thomas Rees Davies, son of Sarah Davies, should pay a reduced contribution towards the support of his mother. Thomas Rees Davies attended before the Board, and explained that his earnings were small, and that he had many demands to meet. Mr Isaac Evans warmly advocated the applica- tion for a reduction. It was ultimately decided to reduce the son's contribution to 2s. per week. The Clerk read a communication from the Local Government Board in reference to the pro- posed modifications of treatment of occupants of the Casual Ward. It was pointed out that sur- prise visits were of the greatest value, and that committees of ladies rendered most useful service. It was resolved to obtain copies of the com- munication for perusal by the members, and to further consider the matter at the meeting that day four weeks. THE ELECTION EXPENSES. The committee appointed for the purpose re- ported that they had examined the accounts in reference to the cost of the recent elections, and they had found them be be as follow :—Guardians, ■ £ 90 2s4d; Rural District Council. X123 3s 9d; Parish Council, £ 61 78 3d total JE281 13s 4d. The fees paid were in accordance with the prescribed scale. Mr B. A. Griffiths asked that the report be printed. Air Hopkin Jones said that if Mr Griffiths would only have patience the information would be furnished in the abstract of accounts. ABERAVON RELIEF. A letter was read from Inspector Cole resigning the post of assistant relieving officer at Aberavon, and recommending the appointment of his suc- cessor, Inspector AlcDonald. The Chairman gave notice that he would at the next meeting move the appointment of Inspector McDonald. c LEAVE OF ABSENCE. The Chairman said Mrs Mills, matron, asked for leave of absence for a few days of the coming week to enable her to attend a Conference in London. Mr C. S. Price asked who would look after the Workhouse during her absence. The Chairman said Aliss Mills would, and that Mr W. T. Jones would attend as he had done before. The leave asked for was granted.
GENEROSITY OF MRS EDMUND LAW, NEATH. Mrs Edmund Law afforded further proof of her kindness of heart, on Thursday in last week, by giving a first-class tea to 800 children from Melyn- crythan and Cimla at the Melyncrythan School. Mr and Mrs Law were present, and entered heartily into the spirit of the festivities. The provisions were catered in an excellent manner by Mr and Mrs W. J. Stookham. The young folks sat down to tea at 4 o'clock, and there was unin- terrupted enjoyment until ten o'clock, at which time the company dispersed. There appears to be a strong attachment between Mr Law and the juveniles, and at the recent Parish Council Election for Llantwit Lower, when Mr Law was returned at the head of the poll by a considerable majority, the delight of the youngsters was quite unrestrained. Air Venables (head master) arui his efficient staff of assistants personally superin- tended the tea tables. After tea an excellent entertainment was given, under the presidency of Air Venables. who said that on behalf of the children and his staff he most heartily thanked Alr..< Law for her great kindness, which was altogether unexpected. He was pleased to find Air Law a man of great nerve. Mr Law had fought hard. He never gave in, and the result of his great determination was that he had captured two seats-one at the head of the poll and the other unopposed. He wished Mr and Mrs Law long life and happiness. Others spoke in the same strain. Air Law, who was loudly cheered, said he thanked MrVenablea and his staff of assistants for the kind manner in which they had ministered to the wants of the little one?, Mr Venablcs was a gentleman who coupled gentleness with firm- ness and it was evident that he loved the children. He was glad that treat had been given to the children. Their parents had treated him in a very honourable manner. He had always found the Melyn and Cimla men true to the core. Airs Law Was highly pleased that all had passed off so well. The proceedings were made more enjoyable by songs and recitations freely given by members of the company.
QUARELLA MEN AND FIREMEN AT SUPPER. On Wednesday evening, of last week, a very pleasant reunion took place at the Ship Hotel, Bridgend, when the members cf the Bridgend Fire Brigade and the men in the employ of Mr W. McGaul, of Quarella, were entertained at a sub- stantial supper. Air W. Riley presided, and he was supported by Messrs W. McGaul (Captain of the Fire Brigade), S. H. Stockwood, F. Moon, W. M. Richaards, J. P. McGaul, Morgan Davies, W. Hunter, Corbett (Lieutenant of the Fire Brigade), H. S. Lee (Glamorgan Gazette), W. Cooke, and Superintendent Jennings (Glamorgan County Con- stabulary). The members of the brigade, and the workmen numbered about 60, and they were ad- mirably catered for by Air Rowberry, and Mr Riley with his usual generosity, provided the wherewithal to make the e/ening pass pleasantly. Round the walls were sentiments, such as "Long life to the Squire of Qnarella," "Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again," Success to the Brid- gend Fire Brigade," "Success to the Town and Trade of Bridgend." After the removal of the cloth a toast list was proceeded with, and the first toast was naturally that of "The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family," and in proposing it the Chairman said that whatever might be their political or religious opinions, they were all at one in honouring the name of Her Gracious Jlajesty, and he made special reference to the noble work done by the Prince of Wales on the occasion of his visit to Russia. The toast was enthusiastically received, and the National Anthem was snng. Air W. M. Richards proposed the next toast, which was that of "The Ministers of all Denomi- nations," and in doing so he said he was very glad that such a toast was honoured at such gatherings as that, and he should have very much liked if one of the ministers had been present. They would feel much better in their presence, and enjoy them- selves quite as well, while at the same time it might restrain some of their more ardent spirits. (Laughter). There could be no doubt that so far as the ministers of the town were concerned they were doing their duty in a most conscientious manner. He had pleasure in submitting the toast, and coupling with it the name of Mr Morgan Davies. (Cheers.) Mr Morgan Davies, in the course of an able j response, said he believed the Spiritual forces were the backbone of the British empire. (Hear, hear.) When a nation pilt its trust in wealth, armies, or navies, or anything they might see as an outward part of civilisation, then it was a very ominous thing indeed; but when a nation was honest, truthful, when a nation had what lie might call character, that wa.s the thing which made a nation, and which made it permanent and promiuent. The ministers were what he might call the roots of those great forces which went to build up an empire he was going to say those forces which went to make individual character, and when individuals were right, then the empire was safe. (Hear, hear.) With regard to the ministers of the town, he believed they were straightforward, self-sacrificing, and conscientious, and they were not afraid of pro- claiming the whole Gospel as it was committed to them. (Hear, hear.) He was very glad to see that they had honoured the toast as they had done. Song, The Midshipmite," Mr W. McGaul. The toast of "The Army, the Navy, and the Re- serve Forces," was submitted by Mr S. H. Stock- wood, who said there was very little to be said about the subject, but that little was good. (Hear, hear.) Mr Morgan Davies had alluded to the Spiritua forces as being the backbone of the Empire; and carrying on the simile, he thought they might call the army the legs of the Empire, as they advanced and carried them further afield. Then the navy might be called the arms of the Empire, as it pro- tected that which the army had won and they might call the volunteers the ribs of the Empire, as they were always at home to take care of them (applause). It was their duty to see that the army, the navy, and the reserve forces were in proper order, as the best preservative of peace was to be prepared for war. He coupled with the toast the names of Mr C. Dally, Mr T. Brown, and Lieutenant McGaul. Song, The death of Nelson," Air Rhys Jenkins. Mr Dally responded, and said he left the regular forces about 13 years ago, but if he were called on to fight, and his country wanted him he should down with the plumb and collar the gun" (cheers). I Mr T. Brown responded on behalf of the Volun- teers, and said he hoped they would be always ready, but never wanting." He had been a member of the Artillery Volunteers to" IS years, and hoped he would one day gain the Volunteer medal (hear, hear). Lieutenant McGaul also briefly responded, and remarked that on one field day the cyclist section got to a certain poet long before the Royal Horse Artillery or the cavalry. Song A country lad," Mr George Moore. The Chairman proposed the toast of the "Fire Brigade and Officers," and in doing so he said the history of the country teemed with records of de- struction to property and loss of life by fire. They were volunteer firemen, associated together for the protection of life and property, but without disci. pline and organization they would be worthless as a body, but he was glad to notice that the captain- officers and men of the Bridgend Brigade paid strict attention to drill. The Bridgend Brigade came into existence as a volunteer force at the time when the town needed their services, and for seven years they had done their duty like men, and the town and neighbourhood owed them a debt of gratitude. They had been called out on 15 occasions, and had been the means of saving valuable property. He had hoped that the Council would have been able to have afforded them some some recompense out of the 3s. rate levied on the town. Speaking as a private ratepayer, he would be only too glad to pay something in addition to the rate if the Brigade could be remunerated in some way as they deserved (cheers). It seemed almost a disgrace that they had no uniform (hear, hear), and nothing to distinguish them from the rest of the crowd. After referring to the importance of having the fire escape kept at a place which would be more accessible in the event of emergency, he proposed the toast, coupling with it the names ot Captain McGaul and Lieutenant Corbett (cheers, and musical honours). Capt. McGaul returned thanks and said he very much appreciated the kind remarks made by the Chairman. The Brigade were desirous of making themselves as efficient as possible, and would be grateful for a little encouragement in the way the Chairman had indicated. He referred to the necessity of having some more efficient means of getting the Brigade together in the case of fire, and said that for a comparatively small cost electric bells could be fitted to the houses of the men, especailly now that they had the telephone in the town (hear, hear). He acknowledged the ready and able co- operation of the police, and added that they had now been able to acquire the old Artillery Drill Hall as a fire station, and there they had ample room tor drill (cheers). Lieut. Corbett endorsed the remarks of his superior officer, and said be hoped the Council would take the hint given the.n and give them some slight remuneration (hear. hear). Recitation, Joe Sieg, the railway engineer Mr Morgan Davies. Mr J. G. Barber proposed the toast of The town ¡ and trade of Bridgend," and said he thought in time Bridgend would become one of the most prosperous II commercial centres in South Wales. (Hear, hear.) He referred to the absence of manufactures in the town, and said that no doubt if ti-ey h4d some it I would be a good thing. He warmly advocated the obtaining of a recreation ground, and hoped that some of the influential gentlemen present would j see what steps could be taken for obtaining so desirable an object. (Hear, hear.) He coupled with the toast the names of Mr Moon and Mr Cooke (cheers.) Song, The noble Twenty-fourth," Mr J. Deerman. Air Moon made an able response, and said he had had some little to do with the town and trade of Bridgend for a good many years, during which Bridgend had increased very much indeed, and now that the contracts for the Vale of Glamorgan and Port Talbot railways were let, they might reasonably expect that Bridgend would benefit thereby. With regard to the question of manu- factures, he did not know that they would be the advantage Mr Barber had claimed for them' What would be to the greater advantage of the labouring men, would be the building of houses or tenements, which they could occupy without having to pay a rent which would be exorbitant, codsidering the amount of their wages (hear, hear), and he hoped the builders of the town would pay special attention to this. With regard to a recreation ground at Bridgend, he believed that communication had been opened with Air Knox with a view to obtaining a piece of land from Miss Talbot, and he hoped this would soon be an accom- plished fact (hear, hear). Mr Cooke also responded, and referred to the fact that he had recently celebrated his jubilee. The town and trade had considerably increased, more especially during the past few years. The trade had gone up by leaps and bounds. As an instance of this, he said he had it on good authority, that at the Bridgend branch of the Aletropoliton Bank, a marvellous amount of work was done, and this was a good criterion of the prosperity of the place (hear, hear). Mr Hodder, in a brief but appropriate speech proposed the health of Mr AlcGaul. He had been working for IS years under Mr McGaul, and had always found him a good master (hear, hear), and he only wished there were more masters in Bridgend like Mr McGaul (cheers). Mr McGaul would do a great deal more for the benefit of the town if he were allowed to go ahead (cheers). Song, Sweet Belle Mahone" Mr J. G. Barber. Mr McGaul responded, and said he and Mr Hodder had been linked together for a number of years. He (the speaker) had been a workman himself, and he hoped he knew how to treat his men (hear, hear). He would have no middleman to come between him and his men (cheers), and if they had any grievance, they had only to come to him and he would see what conld be done to ameliorate it (cheers). In conclusion he proposed the health of the Chairman who was a "jolly good fellow" (cheers). When Mr Riley was approached with a view to taking the chair that evening, he most readily acceded, and they were very glad to see him occupying the position he did (cheers). The toast was received with musical honours and cheers for Mr Riley, Mrs Riley, and the little ones. Mr Riley briefly replied, and said he agreed with Mr Barber, and they ought to have manu- factories at Bridgend, as radiating from the town were great centres of population, and the time had come when Bridgend ought to be made a great manufacturing centre (hear, hear). Song, "Come back to Erin," Mr E. Richards. Mr Moore proposed the toast of The Visitors" in appropriate terms, and coupled with it the name of Mr Hunter, who responded. Song, Down went McGinty," Mr Browne. The toast of The Press" was submitted in eulogistic terms by Mr Morgan Davies, and responded to by Mr Horace S. Lee, of the Glamorgan Gazette. Song, The Powder Monkey," Mr H. S. Lee. "The Host" was duly honoured on the call of Mr Richards, and after a song, Will you love me when I'm old," by Air H. Jenkins, a very pleasant evening was brought to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne." Mr J. P. McGaul and Mr Rhys Jenkins accom- panied throughout the evening in a most efficient manner.
OGMORE VALLEY TEM- PERANCE SOCIETY. ¡ Some time ago, at the invitation of the Rechabites of Tynewydd, a committee, consisting of representatives of the places of worship, the ministers, and a few Rechabites, was formed for the purpose of considering the best means of furthering the cause of temperance in the place. After having deliberated on the matter, they decided to form a temperance society. Rules for the guidance of the members were drawn up, and the following gentlemen were appointed officers for the first term, viz. :—Messrs T. H. Job, president; Ezra Edge, vice-president; Jeremiah Lewis, treasurer; and Wm Coombe, secretary. Un Tuesday evening last, the initial meeting of the society was held at Bethania Chapel, Tynewydd, Air T. H. Job, the president, in the chair, when a very enjoyable programme was gone through. Prior to the commencement of the meeting, the Tynewydd Temperance Fife Band, under the able conductorship of Mr French, turned out and paraded a few of the principal streets, which reminded the people that war had been declared against the demon drink in 11 Tynewydd. The band then returned fro the place of meeting, and the proceedings soon afterwards commenced. After opening the meeting by devotional service, and the Chairman having explained the object of the society, the following programme was gone through :—Speech by the Chairman selection, Band recitation, Mr W. Watkins: song, Mr Morgan Williams; recita- tion, Miss Bessie Thomas duet, Alessrs J. Lewis and M. Williams recitation, Mr J. Williams; address, Rev J. G. Jones recitation, Mr Thomas Davies; song, Mr Henry Lewis (encored). selection, Band; part-song, Mr J. Lewis and party. Each one did his and her work so well that it would be invidious to make special mention of any one. The chief speakers appointed to 6peak at this meeting were the Rev J. G. Jones (Bethania) and the Rev Mr Brazier (Wesleyan), but Mr Brazier failed to attend through illness. Mr Jones' address was instructive, interesting, and effective, and was listened to very attentively by an appreciative audience. The service of the Baud, which added not a little to the success of the meeting, was also appreciated, whilst the singing and reciting was all that could be desired. The audience, which was composed principally of young people, was a large one, and this, with the successful manner in which everything in con- nection with the meeting passed off, augurs well for the temperance cause in this place. A vote of thanks to the Band, to Bethania Church for the loan of the chapel, and to the Chairman having been given, the meeting was brought to a close by singing the Doxology. At the close of the meeting a large number came forward and signed the pledge. It is purposed to hold a series of similar meetings at each of the places of worship in its turn, when the ministers of each place and I others will deliver addresses. It is also proposed to form a temperance choir in connection with the society.
THE NEW VALE RAILWAY. At a meeting of the Cowbridge Highway Board, on Tuesday—Mr Rees Thomas presiding—it was decided to write the manager in connection with the new Vale of Glamorgan Railway, drawing his attention to the fact that the new line should not interfere with the bridges, &c., under the jurisdic- tion of the Authority. The Cltrk was also in. structed to obtain iufoimation from every Parish Council in the district as to the extent the new railway would interfere with the bridges in the several parishes.
I ON THE LINE NEAR LLAN- TRISANT. ♦- A DANGEROUS PliACTICE. At the Cowbridge County Police Court, on Tuesday, three young lads named Arthur Paync, Robert Holden, and Edgar Rees, were sued for trespassing on the TaffVale Railway, near Llan- trisant. David Edmonds, an Inspector in the employ of the T. V. R. Company, deposed ti seeing the youngsters walking along the line, and interfering with the signal wires.* The Alagistrates Clerk explained that had the offenders not been so young, a more serious charere than that of trespassing would have been pre. ferred against them. The Chairman (to Air Edmonds) What were they doing ? Witness: Pulling the signals—the three to- gether. He added that they did not wish to press, the case, their only desire being to put a stop to such offences. The Chairman I should think so. The mother of the young offenders said their boys did not know what they were about." The Chairman severely reprimanded the young- sters who were released on payment of the costs.
A LLANHARRAN YOUNG L)KDY AND HER DOG. At the Cowbridge County Police-court, on Tuesday, David Evans, Llanharran, was sum- moned for keeping a dangerous dog.—Defendant did not appear and was represented by his t daughter. Police-constable Webber gave evidence which went to show that the dog was ferocious passing recently the dog made a spring ac him. He picked up a stone ti defend himself, and the de- fendant's daughter then called the dog and Grave it a kick (laughter). Before that, the officer added he saw the dog bite a licensed hawker, and he had received other complaints about the dog and warned defendant. As he (witness) was passing that morning the dog bit him. Miss Evans, the defendant's daugher, who was evidently very much touched by the awful doom that awaited her canine pet, alleged that the Police-constable always threw stones at the dog when he passed. The Chairman said they do not allow anyone to have a dangerous dog at large. Miss Evans I have a witness to say that he's harmless. Police constable Webber The dog is so danger- ous that I have to get round another road when I have occasion to pass that way. The Chairman said the dog must be destroyed and told the Police-constable Webber to see it done. Alits iiivans took the fate of the poor spaniel quite calmly and paid the costs 9s.
VOLUNTEER BALL AT TAIBACH. On Wednesday week the annual ball in con- nection with the local volunteer corps was held at the Taibach Drill Hall. The interior presented a most picturesque appearance. Dancing commenced at nine p.m. and continued until four a.m. The front of the platform was ornamented with plants, bekind which a string band discoursed sweet music. The arrangements were admirable, and credit is reflected upon the officials whose names are :-Staff- sergeant L. Jones, Corporal A. Kirkham, Corporal D. Davies, Private W. Kent, and Mr W. H. Thomas. Stewards, Quarter-master D. A. Bur- gess, Private D. Williams and Sergt.-inst. G. Bragg hon. see.
BRIDGEND AND COWBRIDGE RURAL DISTRICTS. PROPOSAL FOR SEPARATE COUNCILS, ENQUIRY AT BRIDGEND. On Monday at the Union Offices, Bridgend, County Alderman William Jones. and County Councillors J. H. Rowland and William Williams held an enquiry with reference to a propi»s-d to divide the Bridgend and Cowbridge Rural District into two districts. Councillor Rowland was elected to preside. Among those present were Mr T. M. Franklen (clerk of the County Council), Mr J. B. Jenkins (chairman of tha Bridgend Rural Council and ot the Bridgt-i. I Highway Board), Mr Rees Thomas (chairman of the Cowbridge Highway Board, and vice-chairman of the Bridgend and Cowbridge District Council), Mr W. Hopkin (member of Bridgend Rural District Council), and Air R. H. Cox (clerk). Air T. Al. Franklen having stated that the County Council was satisfied that a priuta fa tie case had been out for the proposal, Mr J. B. Jenkins said he appeared with the two other gentlemen named above, and he was instructed to say that, the Bridgend and Cow- bridge Authorities entirely agreed to it. Mr Rees Thomas said it wuuld be far ntore con- venient, for the the Cow bridge members if the division were granted. Alderman Jones enquired as to the acreage population, &c., and the following figures were supplied Acreage. Population. I'^tcaV.e R.^d T> "J J Value. Mill 8. Bridgend 41,443 13,200 LOO.OJO J.!7 Cowbridge.. 40,015 G 2S7 03,148 158 Some further information having been glea>edr AKJerman Jones said he thought they might take it that they might take it that there was no, opposition. Mr Hopkin There is not any. Air Franklen said it would be a convenience if they could that day agree cpon a name for the Bridgend Council. There was at present the Bridgend Urban District Council, and ic would tend to avoid confusion if they suggested some name other than the Bridgend Rural District Council. Mr Blandy Jenkins suggested that it should be called th,) Penybont District Council, aud Mr W. Hopkin and Mr Rees Thomas approved, and Mr Frauklen took note accordingly. The Chairman said he presumed this division, if agreed to, would result in the addition of another niHgistrate in the Cowbridge district. Mr Franklen replied in the affirmative. Some conversation took place with regard to the clerkship of the two Councils. It was pointed out that Mr Cox was the present clerk of ttie District Council, and Mr John Stockwood of the Cowbridge Highway Board. Mr Franklen pointed out that if the two bodies agreed to retain the services of Mr Cox. then they would have to compensate Mr Stockwooe, but if Mr Cox was only appointed for Bridgend at a reduced salary, then he would have to bj compensated fcr losing Cowbridge. No definite decision was arrived at on the matte-, and the enquiry shortly afterwards terminated. The Commissioners will report to the Council in due course.
NEATH BANKRUPTCY COURT. TUESDAY—Before Mr Registrar Charles. Itc REES JOSEPH, TINWOIiKEK, AEERAVOS. This debtor came up again for his public examination. At the last court the Registrar ex. pressed himself strongly respecting the action of the debtor, but on Tuesday Air E. Powell, who appeared for him, explained that he was ignorant of the fact that money had been left him under his father's will until Mr T. J. Hughes stated it at the last court. The debtor had been quite innocent of any attempt to defraud the creditors. He was prepared now to pay 20s. in the X. SNOWED UP AT O-NLLNN-YN. The next case called on related to the bank- ruptcy of David William Harris, of Sunny Bridge, Defy rock Evan Harris, Cefn Forest, Aberdulais and William Henry Harris, 20, Oakfield Villas, Briton Ferry who traded as the MeHn Court Colliery Co., and as the Lower Resolven Colliery Co. The liabilities were heavy, and the case was expected to be of exceptional interest. A tele. gram was received from David William Harris to the effect that he was snowed up at Onllwyn. The case was therefore adjourned. A BANKRUPT PUBLICAN. Be JOHS TIMOTHY SWAIXSON', PUBLICAN, OSLLWYS. Debtor appeared for his public examination. He commenced business three years ago. on borrowed money. He formerly possessed property at Scrantob, P. A., but it was mortgaged up to the hilt. He had not kept proper books of account. His parents had managed the business. while he had worked as a collier. They had fceen treated badly, for when he went to Swansea to be examined his father, mother, and family had been turned out on the mountain by some of his creditors. His liabilities were fill 14s 7d, and deficiency f93 9s 7d. The causes of debtor's in. solvency were bad debts, and pressure by princi- pal creditors (Messrs H. and G. Simmonds, The Brewery, Reading), who were represented at the Court by Air W. Davenport, Swansea. The case was closed subjeet to the signing of the notes.
Å STRANGE INCIDENT AT COWBRIDGE. About two or three years ago a Cowbridge young lady lost her brooch-a valuable one, as it happened -and notwithstanding an energetic search at the time it could not be found. The gem was given up I as "lost for ever." But strange things often happen. On Sunday last as the same young lady was on her way to chapel, accompanied by her sister, she had the unbounded satisfaction of picking up the brooch on the road. That it was her lost brooch could not for a moment be questioned, for the young lady could establish its identity byl its distinctive features. The incident is oertainly an exceptional one, and were it the product of the imaginative brains of a modern novelist would have been stamped "an improbability." But then truth is oftentimes stranger than fiction.
ENTERTAINMENT AT TAIBACH. A popular entertainment took place at the Drill Hall on Thursday evening last. Despite the in- clement weather the hall was crowded with an appreciative audience. Mr J. H. Davies, Penrhyn House, ably presided, and opened the proceedings with a few well-chosen remarks, after which the following programme was gone through :—Selec- tion, Taibach String Band pianoforte duet, Messrs Aubrey and Rees song, As I'd nothing ellSe to do," Mr W. E. John chorus, Byddiu y faner Wen," Mr R. Dyer and party; song, The little beggar girl." Miss A. J. Rees song." Y rnorwr a'i fachgen," Mr G. T. Llewellyn violin solo, Mr Silvanus Davies song, Mr J. Richards song, Mr J. C. Rees (Bridgend) selection, Taibach String Band duet, Love at home," Misses M. Watkins and M. Rees; violin and pianoforte duet, Blisses Griffith and Batt; part song, Little Church," Mr J. Leyshon and party recitation, Mr J. C. Reee pianoforte solo, Mr W. Aubrey song, This is my wedding morn," Miss A. J. Rees duet, 11 lirdd bur i Gymru fad," Messrs John and Llewellyn song, The Cavaliers," Mr G. T. Llewellyn piano- forte nuet, Misses Richards and Rees song "Anchored," Mr J. C. Rees; fiuale, 44 God save the Queen."—Mr W. Aubrey acted as accompanist efficiently. The usual votes of thanks having been duly passed, brought to a close a very enjovable evening. The proceeds go towards the debt of Winyrna Baptist Chapel, Taibach,