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COWSHiDGE.. Your old friend, Tom Jepson, is now Pro- prietor of the York Hotel, Bridgend. Call and see him. Lecture. On the 15th inst, a large number assembled at the .baptist Chapel, Cowbridge, to hear a lecture by the Rev. D. Griffiths, of Welshpool, on The instruction of the blind." The rev. gentleman, who is himself blind, greatly interested the audi- ence, showing in a clear way how the blind were taught various trades, etc. The chair was occupied by the Mayor (Mr C. M. Davies). New Organ for Llanblethian, Church.—We understand that it has been decided to pur- chase an organ for Llaublethian Church, the present instrument having: proved altogether too weak since the re-arrangement of the church. The. cost of the new organ is esti- mated at £250, and the Vicar has already re- ceived several subscriptions towards the fund. Local Will.—Mr. Samuel Hayter, of High- street, Cowbridge, photographer and cycle dealer, who died on September 4th last, left estate of the gross value of E2,117, with net personalty £ 1.754, and probate of his will, dated May 10th, 1906, has been granted to his sister, Miss MarV Ann Hayter, of the same address. The testator left his household and personal effects and klOO to his said sister absolutely, and he left the residue of his estate to his sister Mary for life, de&iring that she will leave the same to his brothers' and his sisters' children. MYSTERIOUS DEATH. Mr. W. R. Rhys (Aberdare), coroner, held an inquiry at the Union Workhouse, Bridg- end, yesterday afternoon touching the death of James Stone, a farm labourer.—George Thomas, farmer, Lhvynhelicr. near Cowbridge, said deceased had been in his employ for two months. He slept in the barn, the stable loft, or the lodging-house, and was addicted to drink. On the 30th September he had some money to go to the fair.—George Jeal, in the employ of the last witness, said he saw the deceased returning from the fair near the West Gate, when he appeared to have had a drop of drink. The next morning he saw deceased in the hay loft, when he complained of an aching head, but said nothing about an injuirv. As he did not get up all day, witness went up the loft at ni^ht, when he found he had a wound behind the ear. The loft was reached by means, of some stone steps, at the bottom of which he found some L blood.—William Harding, an inmate of the workhouse, said deceased died on Wednesday night. He told witness he fell over a quarry on Stormy Mountain.—The Coroner: Was he light-headed—Dr. Wvndhani Randall: He was unconscio.is the whole time he was here, —Dr. Randall attributed death to concussion of the brain. There was a bruise behind the right ear. and the ear was partially torn off. Deceased appeared to be about 50 years of age.-A verdict of Accidental Death was re- turned. THE FIRE BRIGADE. PRESENTATION TO CAPTAIN TILLEY. The annual meeting of the Fire Brigade was iieKi oa Fnuay a-v the 'lown-hali, Alder- man James presiding. the usual business alfectiug tne iJrigacle was duly gone through, and tiie Captain's annual report to the Mayor and Corporation was approved. At the conclusion of the business, His Wor- ship the Mayor (Councillor C. M. JL)avies) en- tertained the w hole of the Brigade, the com- mittee and officials to supper at Fireman Spencer's (the Duke of Wellington Hotel). Alter partaking of supper, served in an ex- cellent way. the Mayor proposed the usual loyal and patriotic toasts. Alderman James submitted The Cow- bridge Fire Brigade" in a very eulogistic speech, and Captain Tilfey and Fireman Bradbury responded. The Mayor, on. behalf of the Firemen, pre- sented to Captain Tilley a silver whistle, in an ornamental case, with treble chain and fittings, for fire chief officers. In doing so, the Mayor stated he had been asked by the Brigade to tell Captain Tilley the present was a token of the great appreciation the men felt for their captain, and they asked his acceptance of it as an assurance of their gra- titude for his devotion to their interests. Captain Tilley thanked His Worship for the kind things he had said, and the Bri- gade; also the firemen for their all too kind present, pointing out that they all in their several stations were doing just as much as himself in behalf of the town in training to become efficient in the service. Their kind- ness in making such a useful and very valu- able present made him the more anxious to discharge the duties he had undertaken in as efficient a manner as possible. The health of His Worship was proposed by Alderman John., who claimed that no one had filled the office of chief magistrate in a more capable manner than had Coyncillor C. M. Davies. The health of the hon. secretary (Mr. Gwyn) and the hon. treasurer (Mr. John David) Was given by Councillor J. Williams and duly responded to. The .musical and literary part of the evening's entertainment was supplied by Mr. C. J. Gwyn, Firemen Croom and Spencer, and Mr. W. T. Gwyn, and the mayor related a good story on "Strong drink and its supposed beneficial effects." which caused great merriment. A very pleasant evening closed by the singing of God save the King." BAXK MANAGER'S DEATH. As briefly announced in our last issue, the death took place suddenly on Tuesday, last week, of Mr. R. H. Hughes, formerly mana- ger of the National Provincial Bank, Cow- bridge, and afterwards in a similar capacity at ileterborough. Mr. Hughes was on a visit to Mr. Wallace, dwital surgeon, of Priestgate, Peterborough, and was apparently in the best of health. On Tuesday morning he sat reading his paper after breakfast, about 10 o'clock, when, without any warning he gave a slight groan and fell back in his chair. Help was immediately procured from the Infirmary, and efforts tiered to restore ani- mation, but without effect, it being appar- ent that death had been practically instan- taneous. We understand that Mr. Hughes had previously been attended by Dr. Walker for an affection of the heart, so that under the circumstances, an inquest was not con- sidered necessary. Mr. Robert Hugh Hughes was 57 years of age, and leaves a widow and nine children (five daughters and four sons) to mourn his loss. The deceased' gentleman went to Peterborough in 1897 from Cowbridge. xie was a thorough sportsman, and hunted with the Glamorganshire Hunt. While in Peter- borough he was a well-known follower of the Fitzwiltiam --otiitds. He had been keenly interested, Too, in music and in education, the Peterborough School of Art claiming his special attention. Before going to Cow- bridge Mr. Hughes was in Denbigh, and prior to that he spent seven years in the Cathedral village of St. Asaph, four in Beaumaris, and four in Birmingham. He remained in Peter- borough some seven years, and during that period he gained a wide circle of friends. His services were cheerfully given to both public and private undertakings and to their success his genial disposition and business capabilities in no small degree contributed. An eloquent proof of public appreciation at Peterborough was furnished, when in July, 1905, his removal to the managership of the branch of his company's bank at Holywell, North Wales, was announced. A movement was almost immediately set on foot, with the result that at a complimentary dinner Mr. Hughes was the recipient of a handsome gold watch and albert, a silver cake dish and a beautifully-illuminated address from a large number of his Peterborough friends. The funeral took place on Thursday after- noon amid every manifestation of the respect and esteem in which the deceased, was held. A most impressive service was held at the Cathedral, where Mr. Hughes had been a sidesman and a regular attendant. The Bishop of Leicester had previously expressed his regret to the relatives that an important engagement prevented his taking part in the service, which was conducted by Canon Phillips, D.D., and Minor Canon Roberts. As the funeral cortege entered the Cathedral it passed the representatives of three local Volunteer corps, in full regimentals, the de- ceased gentleman having been actively asso- ciated with the Volunteer movement. Among those present in the cathedral and at the graveside were: The Mavor of Peterborough (Mr. J. Batten. J.P.), the Deputy-Mayor (Mr. I. Whitsed). Alderman Clifton, Mr. Charles Vergette, Mr. J. H. Beebv. J.P., Mr. Henry Little. J.P., Dr. Jolly. ji>r. Croxford. Dr. Day. Mr. F. E. C. Stanlev (Barclay's Bank), Mr. F. W. Perry (Midland Counties), Mr. T. J. Barnes (Stamford and' Soalding Bank), Mr P. Steele (National and Provincial).

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